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1962


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Date: 1962 January 24.

Event: The Faculty of Arts and Science creates the Division of Humanities, the Division of Social Science, and the Division of Natural Sciences. Professor William Kilbourn is appointed Chairman of the Division of Humanities. The other chairmen are not yet named.

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Institution.

Source: York University press release, 24 January 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 January.

Event: The York University Library has a staff of 11, including 7 professional librarians. The collection consists of 14 882 catalogued books and periodicals. In the course of the 1962-63 academic year, the staff increases to 15 (8 librarians), and 10 763 volumes are added to the collection. By June 1963, there are 25 645 catalogued volumes in the collection and 510 journal subscriptions.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: York History Research Project, “Information Sheet – 1962,” p. I.


Date: 1962 March 2.

Event: In early March, the appointments of first chairmen and acting chairmen of the departments in the Faculty of Arts and Science, effective July 1, 1962 are announced.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: York University press releases, 2 March 1962 and 5 March 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 April 26.

Event: The Faculty Council of Arts and Science is established. Dr. R. O. Earl is appointed Dean of the Faculty. Professor George Tatham is appointed Dean of Students.

Category: Administrative History – Faculty.

Source: York University press release, 26 April 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 May 7.

Event: Professor Neil M. Morrison is appointed the first Dean of the Joseph E. Atkinson College of York University. Mrs. Alison Mitchell is appointed Assistant to the Dean of the Joseph E. Atkinson College. The Senate gives approval for granting York University Bachelor of Arts degrees to Atkinson College students who have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of 16 courses. Admission requirements for Atkinson students require a minimum grade of 60% on 9 grade 13 papers. Equivalent qualifications from other provincial or international jurisdictions are also accepted. Mature students over 23, who do not have the requirements, may be admitted under special circumstances.

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Faculty; Administrative History – Government.

Source: York University press release, 7 May 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives; Murray G. Ross, These five years, p.111.


Date: 1962 August 31.

Event: The Campus Planning Committee submits its report, “Preliminary Statement of York University Campus – 1980.” The Board of Governors approves the report of the Planning Committee, and gives”approval in principle of the College system, integrated within a central university authority as outlined in the ‘Preliminary Statement of York University Campus – 1980′ (August 31, 1962) and of the development of the first cluster of colleges, on the understanding that the aggregate facilities required can be provided in a manner to ensure functional efficiency, while maintaining a cost structure approximating a large university of high standards not following the College system.”

Category: Academic Life; Buildings and Property.

Source: York University Gazette, 1 November 1962, p. 3.


Date: 1962 August.

Event: Dr. Stephen McCarthy, Director of Libraries at Cornell University, is asked to prepare a plan of recommendations for York University Libraries’ development and growth. The McCarthy report recommends that York develop a library system consisting of a centralized administration “with a planned and limited pattern of decentralization for services to readers.” He suggests that a Science Library be built on the large campus. The Science library would be used as the central library until 1969-1970, when the main university library would be built. The University accepts this plan in principle.

Category: Buildings and Property; Academic Life.

Source: Murray Ross, These Five Years, p. 58.


Date: 1962 September 17.

Event: The first York University International Entrance Scholarships are awarded to: Annie Woo, Hong Kong, Governors’ Asian Scholarship; Sani Dauda, Northern Nigeria, Governors’ African Scholarship; Michael Findlay, Wimbledon, England, Rio Tinto Scholarship.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: York University press release, 4 and 17 September 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 September 19.

Event: Lectures begin. 550 students register between September 13 and 18 (300 day students and 250 evening students.) There are 48 faculty members. Library staff is increased to 15, including 8 professional librarians.

The Athletic Directorate, an athletic policy-making body of faculty and students, is established. The first Men’s Intramural Athletic Council and Women’s Intramural Athletic Council are formed. York joins the Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association. This is the first year that York participates in intercollegiate competitions in golf, tennis, sailing, table tennis, fencing, hockey basketball and skiing. J. Howard Langille is appointed Director of Athletics and Recreation.

The first student newspaper, Pro Tem, is published. The editors are Harold Levy and John Corvese.

The first York University student handbook, Aardvark, is produced for the 1962/63 academic year. The editors are John Corvese, G.H. Rust D’Eye, and P.J. Spencer. The clubs listed in Aardvark include: The Amoeba Watcher’s Society, the Art Club, The Debating Society, The Fencing Club, Le Cercle Francais, The Humanities Club, The Ski Club, The Table Tennis Club, The York Choir, The Yorkestra, The York University Film Society, the Intra-Varsity Christian Fellowship, and The United Nations Club.

Category: Academic Life; Cultural Life – Students.

Source: Aardvark 1962 – 1963; Murray G. Ross, These five years, pp. 67-70,74-75; York History Research Project, “Information Sheet – 1962,” p. I; York University press release, 18 September 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 September 24.

Event: Evening lectures begin as Atkinson College offers its first three courses, “Introductory English”, “Introductory Mathematics”, and “Humanities I: The Roots of Western Culture” The courses are taught by Professors H.K. Girling, Alice W. Turner, and William W, Kilbourn, respectively. The initial Atkinson enrolment is 287 students.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: Atkinson College calendar 1962 – 1963, p. 12, pp. 16-19.


Date: 1962 October.

Event: The Frank Gerstein Charitable Foundation donates $4 500 to support the 1963 York Invitation Lecture Series to be held in January and February 1963. Henceforth, the Lecture series is called “The Gerstein Lectures.”

Category: Cultural Life – University.

Source: York University Gazette, November 1, 1962, p.1.


Date: 1962 October 1.

Event: The official opening of the tennis courts in the valley of the Glendon campus takes place.

Category: Cultural Life – University.

Source: York University press release, 1 October 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 October 31.

Event: A press conference is held to announce that the Province of Ontario has granted York University 475 acres of land held jointly by the federal and provincial governments, in northwest Metropolitan Toronto, at the south west corner of Keele Street and Steeles Avenue, for a campus. The land grant is subsequently increased to 600 acres.

Category: Buildings and Property.

Source: Murray G. Ross, These five years, p.83; York University press release, 29 October 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 October 31.

Event: The UPACE (University Planners, Architects and Consulting Engineers) group, a joint venture of three prominent architectural firms: Gordson S. Adamson & Associates, John B. Parkin Associates, and Shore and Moffat and Partners, is asked to develop a Master Plan for York University and to design initial buildings for the new campus. Dr. Thomas Howarth, the architect-planner for the Glendon Hall site and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, is the architect-consultant/adviser for the Board of Governors. Professor Hideo Sasaki, the Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, is hired to act as a consultant to UPACE on campus planning. At a later stage other architects will be asked to participate in the design of future buildings.

Category: Buildings and Property.

Source: Murray Ross, These Five Years, p.11; York University Gazette, November 1,1962, p. 3 ; York University press release, 31 October 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 October.

Event: Construction begins on the Glendon Hall Library building. The architects are Allward and Gouinlock. This is the first of the “second stage building projects” for Glendon campus. Other second stage projects include: the extension of York Hall (Architects: Morani, Morris and Allan); the first student residence (Architects Mathers and Haldenby); the Field House (Architects Allward and Gouinlock); and the Central Services Building, to be built over the Coach House (Architect: Morani, Morris and Allan).

Category: Buildings and Property.

Source: York University Gazette, 1 November 1962, p. 7; York University press release, 5 December 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 November 1.

Event: The Department of Information and development publish the “York University Gazette”. It summarizes Board and Senate actions and decisions, lists faculty publications, public speaking engagements, and University events. Initially published six times a year, it later becomes the York Gazette, the official house organ of the university.

Category: Cultural Life – University.

Source: York University Gazette, 1 November 1962, p. 14; York History Research Project, “Information Sheet – 1962,” p. I.


Date: 1962 November 8.

Event: York University receives a $125 000 grant from the Fund for the Advancement of Education (an organization founded by the Ford Foundation) to assist the university to develop new curriculum. (The grant will be matched by a fund made up of contributions from private citizens in Toronto.) The new curriculum “will provide broad, comprehensive courses in the Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Natural Science for all York students in their first two years of study. … The aim is to provide the student with a broad, general program of study before he begins to specialize.”

Category: Academic Life.

Source: York University press release, 5 November 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 December 1.

Event: President Ross establishes an Advisory Committee on Art. Mr. Cleeve Horne, and Dean George Tatham are Co-Chairmen. Other members include: Mrs. John David Eaton, Mrs. Samuel J. Zacks, Professor William Kilbourn, and Mr. Lionel Rubinoff (Secretary.).

Category: Cultural Life – University.

Source: York University Gazette, December 1, 1962, p. 8.


Date: 1962 November 14.

Event: York University Faculty Association (YUFA) is formed. The executive members are: Past President Professor H. Maclean, President Professor C.D. Fowle, Vice-President Professor D. Russell, Secretary Professor G.D. Jackson, Treasurer Professor R. Coughin. (YUFA becomes the official bargaining unit for York faculty and librarians in 1974.)

Category: Administrative History – Faculty.

Source: York University Gazette, 1 December 1962, p. 18.


FOUNDERS

Date: 1962 July 1.

People: The Board of Governors, 1962 – 1963.

  • The Hon. Robert H. Winters, Chairman
  • Air Marshal W.A. Curtis, Chancellor
  • Murray G. Ross, President
  • Edgar G. Burton
  • Mrs. John David Eaton
  • R.F. Farquharson
  • Frederick G. Gardiner
  • Bertrand Gerstein
  • John Gray
  • W.C. Harris
  • W.F. James
  • Allen T. Lambert
  • John D. Leitch
  • The Hon. T. D’Arcy Leonard
  • L.G. Lumbers
  • William Mahoney
  • David B. Mansur
  • W.F. McLean
  • John S. Proctor
  • W.P. Scott
  • Edwin H. Walker

Source: Murray G. Ross, These five years, Appendix B “The Board of Governors;” p. 103; York University Affiliated with the University of Toronto Calendar; 1962-63 Third Academic Year, p. 9.


Date: 1962 July 1.

People: York University Administration, 1962 – 1963.

  • Murray G. Ross, President
  • William W. Small, Comptroller and Secretary of the Board of Governors
  • Douglas G. Lochhead, Librarian
  • Donald S. Rickerd, Registrar and Master-designate of the new Glendon Hall Residential College
  • Dr. George Tatham, Dean of the Students
  • Dr. R.O. Earl, Dean of the Honours Program (Faculty of Arts and Science)
  • Mr. Neil M. Morrison, Dean of the Joseph E. Atkinson College
  • J. Howard Langille, Director of Recreation and Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students
  • Arthur C. Johnson, Director of Campus Planning
  • John K. Armour, Director of Physical Plant
  • Wilfrid Saunders, Director of Information and Publications
  • Mrs. Dee G. Appley, Director of Psychological Services
  • Mr. D. McCormack Smyth, Assistant to the President
  • Mrs. Alison K. Mitchell., Assistant to the Dean of J.E. Atkinson College

Category: Administrative History – Government

Source: Murray G. Ross, These five years, Appendix D “Faculty and Staff,” pp. 110 – 111; York University Affiliated with the University of Toronto Calendar; 1962-63 Third Academic Year, pp. 9 – 10; York University press release, 3 October 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1962 July 1.

People: The first Chairmen and Acting Chairmen for Arts and Sciences Departments.

  • Professor William Kilbourn, Chairman, Division of the Humanities
  • Professor Edgar W. McInnis, Chairman, Department of History
  • Professor John R. Seeley, Chairman, Department of Sociology
  • Professor Douglas V. Verney, Chairman, Department of Political Science
  • Professor C. David Fowle, Acting Chairman, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Lester J. Pronger, Acting Chairman, Department of French
  • Dr. Henry S. Harris, Acting Chairman, Department of Philosophy
  • Dr. M.H. Appley, Chairman, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Hans Carol, Chairman of the Department of Geography,
  • Dr. Dennis C. Russell, Chairman of the Department of Mathematics

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Faculty.

Source: Norman Endler, History of the Psychology Department York University press releases, 2 and 5 March 1962. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Introduction 1955-1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 and beyond - Bibliography