Posted February 18th, 2011
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Trustees:
It is with a heavy heart that I write to share the sad news that, Dr. George Bugliarello, President Emeritus of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and an internationally acclaimed engineer, author, and visionary, passed away this morning.
George's passing is not only a great loss to his family — wife Virginia, sons Nicholas and David, but also his entire extended family including Polytechnic and all in the world who shared his passions.
George was a friend and a colleague to me and many of you. And like many of you, and indeed engineers and scientists around the world, I admired George's high ambitions, his unfaltering professionalism, and his endearing enthusiasm, energy, and vigor. In his leadership as President of Polytechnic from 1973 to 1994, his teaching and research throughout his life, and his grappling with some of the 21st century's greatest challenges and opportunities, he felt a compassion for the world and the conditions in which we live that is a worthy goal for each of us. In sum, George was truly a 'gentleman and a scholar.'
We are coordinating with George's family on a memorial service befitting the person Dr. George Bugliarello was, and the life he led. We will share the details with you as they are known.
—Jerry Hultin, President
“Here was the most important city in the United States, the most technological city, with all the infrastructure and so on — but it didn’t have [an institution like] MIT. I felt that was a very important challenge for Polytechnic. So I took the risk.” — Dr. Bugliarello on deciding to join Polytechnic as President in 1973.