Salem “Sam” Masry
It is with great sadness that the family of Salem Masry announces his passing on February 1st, 2020.
Salem passed away surrounded by his family in Fredericton, NB, after a long illness. He leaves behind his wife, Laila; his three children, Mark (Karen), Paul (Carrie) and Emily; his grandchildren, Kate and Luke; his sister, Samiha (Salah) and his nephew, Khaled. He was predeceased by his parents, Catrina and Ragheb and by his brother, Maged.
Salem was born in Asyut, Egypt. His intelligence and work ethic were obvious even from an early age. After he completed his PhD in 1966 at University College, London, he immigrated to New Brunswick to begin his career as a researcher at UNB. He then became a professor and was one of the founding members of the department of Surveying Engineering. Salem was a pioneer in the field of digital mapping and, in 1979, founded a company, CARIS, to develop digital mapping software. Under his leadership, CARIS grew internationally and became one of the leading companies in its field.
He received several awards in recognition of his work and his contributions to his community, including the Talbert Adams Grand Award by the American Society of Photogrammetry, appointments to the Order of Canada and the Order of New Brunswick, and an honourary Doctor of Science from UNB. Salem will be remembered fondly for his compassion, his intelligence, his work ethic, his amazing memory and his quick-witted sense of humour. He touched many lives with his bright spirit and will be greatly missed.
Salem's family held a small private service for him at St. Dunstan’s Catholic Church. His family would like to sincerely thank the teams at Windsor Court and the 4th floor of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital for the amazing care and compassion they provided throughout his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fredericton Food Bank in Salem's memory.