Memorial service for Robert Love


A memorial service for Robert Love, professor emeritus of management science at McMaster University, will be held this Saturday, Sept. 15. Love passed away at his home in Naples, Florida on Aug. 18.

He began his university education at the University of Toronto with an engineering degree. After working for a time in the industry he obtained an MBA at the University of Western Ontario and a PhD at Stanford University. He taught at Berkeley, Western and the University of Wisconsin before coming to McMaster. While at McMaster, he helped to establish the PhD program in the Faculty of Business.

Love published some 80 articles in scientific journals, supervised 12 PhD students to completion and co-authored a very influential book in his specialty, location theory. Over the course of his career, he had a great influence on the field of location theory. There is now a very large body of research based on his original and seminal work.

He also served on many high level academic committees and editorial boards. In 1999, the year he retired, he received the Lifetime Achievement in Location Analysis Award. This is an award given only every three years on behalf of a large international and interdisciplinary research community and recognizes the impact of the total contribution of the winner to the field.

Love had a knack for quickly making friends and then making them honorary and loyal members of his extended family. He and his wife Ingrid had three children and six grandchildren. Besides his family and his academic career, Love's other passion was farming. He was brought up on his family farm in Huron County, Ont., which he subsequently purchased and continued to manage.

A memorial service and celebration of Love's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at Saint Jude Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33612 or The Carpenter Hospice, 2250 Parkway Drive, Burlington, Ont., L7P 1T1.