In memoriam: Gabor Karadi, 1924-2018

The college is sad to report that Gabor Karadi, emeritus professor, civil  & environmental engineering, passed away Dec. 19 in Budapest, Hungary at age 94.

Karadi, who was born and educated in Hungary, immigrated to the United States in the ‘60s. He became a world-renowned scholar in hydraulic, environmental and water resources engineering and, in 1971, co-founded the International Water Resources Association.  His many honors in the United States, Hungary, Germany and India include being named a fellow in the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Here at UWM, Karadi was instrumental in building the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering & Applied Science and he contributed enormously to its growth and success since its infancy. He served as department chair for 15 years, from the late ‘70s to the early ‘90s, during which time he successfully guided it through new challenges.

He took the lead in forming relations between UWM and the Technical University of Budapest and brought several of that university’s faculty members to UWM for long- or short-term appointments.  He also facilitated the visits of UWM faculty members to Hungary.  After his retirement, Karadi eventually returned to Budapest.

Moreover, Karadi touched the lives of his family, friends, coworkers and students, says Kwang Lee, professor emeritus, civil  & environmental engineering. “We all owe him a deep gratitude,” Lee says. “I did not have the privilege to know all his life achievements and hardships. But I know that we were fortunate to have Gabor Karadi here at UWM, where he enriched our lives and our college. We will thoroughly miss him.”