Remembering Pardee Center Director Prof. Tony Janetos

The Boston University community, and especially the staff of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, deeply feels the loss of Director Anthony Janetos, who died of pancreatic cancer in early August.

A well-known leader in the global climate change community, Tony came to BU and the Pardee Center in May 2013 after a distinguished career serving in leadership positions in government and the non-profit sector. Tony made a major impact on the Pardee Center and at Boston University during the six years he was with us. Details about his work and impact are described in an obituary in BU Today.

While he was an outstanding scientist and scholar, Tony will be always remembered by the Pardee Center staff for the wonderful person he was. He was kind and caring, always looking out for our best interests and the best interests of the students, post-docs, and faculty he worked with. He made significant contributions to many important scientific research programs and policy decisions at the local, state, national, and international levels, as referenced in the many tributes captured below. He was an excellent mentor to students and young faculty members, and was very generous with his time. The positive impact of his life’s work and personal kindness cannot be overstated.

The Pardee Center’s Annual Distinguished Lecture in the spring of 2020 will include a tribute to Tony’s many important contributions in the areas of scientific research and policy. This event will be open to the public and details will be announced in early 2020.

Additional tributes to Tony:

Remick & Gendron Funeral Home Obituary
Scientific American
NASA Land-Cover / Land-Use Change Program
U.S. Global Change Research Program
BU Initiative on Cities
BU College of Arts & Sciences
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Princeton Alumni Weekly