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Steven Allan Boggs

March 15, 1946June 2, 2018

Steven Allan Boggs was born on March 15, 1946 and passed away on June 2, 2018

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Gilbert Teyssedre

June 18, 2018

I will remember Steve as a demanding and rigorous researcher, bearing wisdom and inspiration for renewal.
Steve has been able to cover a broad gap between fundamental and applied approaches.
He remains an example for us and we will miss him. May he rest in peace.

William McDermid

June 18, 2018

Over the years you have been helpful in my career, beginning in the 1970s with dielectric testing of a SF6 gas insulated substation from Siemens where fretting in transport had generated particles in critical areas. Then in the 1990s there was Manitoba Hydro’s work over several years to disprove the Russian claim that water trees in XLPE cable insulation could be detected by time-domain reflectometry when what they were seeing was just an artifact of the measurement. More recently your 2017 Whitehead Lecture has to a degree indicated your philosophy. There were three presentations of the lecture: the paper in the CEIDP Proceedings; the spoke Lecture; and the subsequent Magazine article. The Introduction of the spoken lecture was somewhat different, but all three focused on philosophical aspects.

Frank Chu

June 18, 2018

Steve will be remembered for his many contributions to the power industry and the academic community. I was a colleague of Steve since 1973 when we first met at a Toronto firm Electronic Associates. I followed him to Ontario Hydro where we worked in the Research Division utilizing our physics background to solve problems in underground transmission, gaseous dielectrics and advanced power equipment. Steve's technical insights and abilities to secure external funding from EPRI and CEA made him the rising star of the Division. His penetrating observations and strong character changed the stodgy atmosphere of the conservative power industry workplace. Many of us, including Dr. Greg Stone, lost a colleague when Steve left the Research Division in the mid 80s to pursue more interesting and challenging opportunities in the US.
On a personal note, I treasured our working friendship at Ontario Hydro and ever grateful to him on alerting me about the job opportunity. His writing skill in completing many of our join publications and proposals in record time always amazed me. My wife and I were surprised on how Steve loved very hot and spicy food as we need to have extra strength Szechuan hot sauce in our kitchen whenever he came to dinner. His love of classical music left me many 78" vinyl when he changed thousands of his collection to CDs, and I still have his pair of vintage Dynaco loud speakers when he changed that to the powerful SF6 speakers.
May Steve rest in peace.

Naima Oussalah

June 18, 2018

Steve was like a father to me, very kind and a great scientist who helps me a lot and who illuminates me with his knowledge.
I will really miss him and I will never forget him at all.
May he rest in peace.

Len Dissado

June 18, 2018

Steve was a long-time friend, colleague, and sparring partner on the CEIDP board. Scientific discussions with him were two edged arguments with scientific truth the aim. I was surprised when I was first informed that he was ill, and this news is totally unexpected by me as he was so much ‘larger than life’ that I expected him to pull through. He will be deeply missed by the research community and especially by his students to whom he was ever an inspiration. Something of him will live on in us, I hope.
I send my sincerest condolences to his family. To my friend I can only say “fare thee well”.

Vitaliy Yaroslavskiy

June 15, 2018

I knew Steve since 2001: there was a research project conducted at Cable Technology Laboratories for Steve, and it was the very first project that I performed at CTL. There were so many more joint projects and discussions that took place since then. I must also mention that many technical papers published by Steve are used at CTL on daily basis as a technical guidance.
On behalf of CTL team, please accept our deepest condolence.

Gian Carlo Montanari

June 15, 2018

I have been meeting, talking and fighting with Steve for more than 30 years, with the maximum respect and esteem from both sides. I though he was one of the few friends I have, even if we were not meeting anymore too often, and one of the few able to appreciate a really good glass of wine. I kept for him (us) in Florida, where we are going to live, a bottle of Ornellaia, from Tuscany, to show him how much good Italian wines can be better than Californian wine.
I remember that he told me that he wanted to move to Washington to finally enjoy life and retirement in a city full of cultural opportunities.
Please accept my and Tina (my wife who knew Steve) condolences.

Mei Wei

June 15, 2018

I have known Steve for more than 16 years. He was a dear friend and a great colleague. He had a very high standard for research. He never hesitated to raise different opinions and asked sharp questions when it came to scientific discussion. On the other hand, he was also an extremely caring advisor. He spent significant amount of time in the laboratory working with students side-by-side on experimental designs and simulations. He was very tolerant and patient with students’ mistakes. The last time I saw Steve was at a lunch in November. As usual, he talked extensively about his former students – who just received a job offer, who just published a high-impact journal paper, and who just delivered an invited talk. I could tell that he was in contact with most of his former students and he was extremely proud of their achievements.
It is hard to accept Steve’s passing. May he rest in peace.