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1966


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


Date: 1966 January 10.

Event: Mr. William Pearson Scott is elected second Chairman of the Board of Governors, effective January 1, 1966.

Category: Administrative History – Government.

Source: Murray G. Ross, President’s Report, 1965-1966, p.5.


Date: 1966 January 27.

Event: At the Senate meetings on January 27 and February 24, the Senate gives formal approval to the M.B.A. program in the Faculty of Administrative Studies. The Council of the Faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School is established, and Professor Albert Sachs is appointed consultant on the establishment of the Faculty of Law at York University.

The Founders College Senior Common Room is designated a “club” to … “promote and facilitate the social activities of the staff of York University.”

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Institution; Cultural Life – University.

Source: York University Gazette, 28 February 1966 p.16.


Date: 1966 January 25.

Event: The 1966 York University Invitation Lectures, the Frank Gerstein Series on “Government and the University” are held on four successive Thursday evenings from January 25 to February 15, 1966. The lecturers include: Sir William Mansfield Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester; The Honourable William G. Davis, Minister of University Affairs, Province of Ontario; Mgr. Alphonse-Marie Parent, Chairman, the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Education in the Province of Quebec; and Professor T.R. McConnell, Chairman of The Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of California, Berkley.

Category: Cultural Life – University.

Source: Murray Ross, President’s Report, 1965-1966, p.7.


Date: 1966 February 14.

Event: Dr. James Gillies is appointed Vice-President of the University, Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies, and professor of Business Administration.

Source: York University Gazette, 28 February 1966, p.26.


Date: 1966 February 21.

Event: The Board of Governors announce that “College C”, the third college on the York campus, will be named Winters College to recognize the Honourable Robert H. Winters, Chairman of the Board of Governors of York University (1959 – 1965). The UPACE group will design the College.

Category: Buildings and Property.

Source: York University Gazette, 28 February 1966 p.12, 27.


Date: 1966 March 10.

Event: Dr. Harold I. Schiff is named first Dean of Science, effective July 1, 1966.

Source: York University Gazette, 28 February 1966 p.26.


Date: 1966 March 16.

Event: Dean Gillies outlines the plans for the new School of Business in the Faculty of Administrative Studies at a dinner to mark the announcement. The School will offer its undergraduate (Honours Bachelor of Arts) and graduate (M.B.A.) programs starting in September 1966. The undergraduate program is based on the premise “that the proper preparation for a career in business should be a combination of liberal arts and business subjects.”

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Institution.

Source: Murray G. Ross, President’s Report, 1965-1966, p. 24; York University Gazette, 30 April 1966 p.4; York University press release, 17 March 1966. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1966 April 28.

Event: The Senate passes a statute dividing Atkinson College into four academic divisions: Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science and Professional Studies to begin in July 1, 1966.

Source: York University Gazette, 30 April 1966, p. 3.


Date: 1966 June.

Event: Professor Edgar McInnis is awarded the Tyrrell Medal at the Annual Meeting of the Royal Society of Canada for “outstanding contributions to the study of Canadian history.”

Category: Academic Life.

Source: York University Gazette, 30 June 1966, p.28.


Date: 1966 June 1.

Event: Spring Convocation is held in the Burton Auditorium on the York campus. It is the first convocation of York graduates receiving York University diplomas. These are the first graduates of York’s Ordinary program based on York curriculum. There are 119 York graduates, including the first 2 graduands from Atkinson College, Franklyn George Plue and Jean Sophia Taylor. 3 York – University of Toronto graduands also participate in the Inception of Alumni ceremonies.

It is York’s first Convocation with honorary degrees being conferred by the University. The first York University, Doctor of Letters honoris causa are the Right Honourable Lord NoNl Annan, Harold Barling Town. The fist York University, Doctor of Laws honoris causa are John James Deutsch, George Edward Gathercole, Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh and Robert Samuel McLaughlin. Lord Annan delivers the Convocation Address. The Convocation is followed by a banquet in the evening for graduates and their parents at Glendon.

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Institution.

Source: Murray G. Ross, President’s Report, 1965-1966, p.43; York University Gazette, 30 April 1966 p.4, 28; York University press release, 17 May 1966. President’s papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1966 June 3.

Event: The Senate approves a motion to establish The Centre for Continuing Education. The Centre will offer non-degree courses, seminars, and conferences. The Senate Standing Committee on Continuing Studies is founded.

Category: Administrative History – Institution.

Source: York University Gazette, 30 June 1966, p.9.


Date: 1966 June 15.

Event: Senate approves the establishment of the Faculty of Fine Arts. Discussions regarding a proposed Faculty of Environmental Design are deferred to the fall of 1966.

Category: Administrative History – Institution.

Source: York University Gazette, 30 June 1966, p.5.


Date: 1966 August 19.

Event: A model of the York University 1980 Master Plan is on display at Eaton’s downtown store for the week of August 19 – 26. It is the featured attraction of an exhibition illustrating the relationship between university planning and the general community.

Category: Buildings and Property; Cultural Life – University.


Date: 1966 September 19.

Event: Classes commence on the Glendon and York campuses. (Atkinson College classes start on September 24.) Enrolment exceeds 5 500 students. Several thousand others attend non-degree courses at the Centre for Continuing Education.

Vanier College, the second residential college on the Keele campus, enrolls its first students. Vanier Residence is under construction and will be completed in the spring of 1967. His Excellency, the Governor-General Georges Vanier is made an Honourary Fellow of the College. Dr. C. David Fowle is the first Master, and Professor Brayton Polka is the College’s Senior Tutor.

Category: Academic Life; Buildings and Property.

Source: York University Gazette, 30 June 1966, p9; York University press release September 9, 1966 and “Points of Interest, York University Open House May 14 – 16, 1966.” Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1966 September 20.

Event: Dr. William McCauley, Director of Music, announces the founding of the York University Band and the York University String Orchestra. Both groups are open to local musicians under 25.

Category: Cultural Life – Students.

Source: York University Gazette, 31 October 1966 p. 22.


Date: 1966 September 23.

Event: “Every Sunday at York,” the Film / Theatre / Music subscription series at the Burton Auditorium, is inaugurated by a production in French by the Centre dramatique du conservatoire de la Province de Quebec, in “Le Barbier de Seville” by Beaumarchais.

Source: York University Gazette, 30 June 1966 p.30.


Date: 1966 September 30.
Event: The Prime Minister of Canada, Lester B. Pearson, formally opens Glendon College. The opening ceremonies include: the unveiling of the plaque at Proctor Fieldhouse; the official opening of the new Women’s Residence by Mrs. Pearson; Tea in the Rose Garden; and the Glendon students’ dinner for the Prime Minister. Prime Minister and Mrs. Pearson are greeted at the Glendon campus gates by students with placards and pickets demanding that Mr. Pearson deliver on his promise of federal funding for universities.

Category: Buildings and Property; Cultural Life – University.

Source: Globe and Mail October 1, 1966; Escott Reid, Radical Mandarin, Chapter 20, “Creating Glendon College 1965-1969″pp.341-360; York University Gazette, 30 June 1966, p.46.


Date: 1966 October 7.

Event: The inaugural issue of Excalibur: the Student Weekly of York University is published. The first editor is Ron Graham.

Category: Cultural Life – Students.

Source: Century II (1966) p. 91.


Date: 1966 September – October.

Event: The Senate strikes a Special Committee to study the Duff-Berdhal Report University Government in Canada (1966, University of Toronto Press). The Committee will consider its implications for York University and the provisions set out in the York University Act, 1965 regarding the overall role of Senate, its composition and its relationship with the Board of Governors, faculty members, students and the general public. The members of the Committee are: K.H. Creal, D. Mendes da Costa, D.V. Verney, J.T. Saywell, H.I. Schiff, E.J. Spence and J.W. Yolton.

Category: Administrative History – Government.

Source: York University Gazette, 31 October 1966 pp.6-7.


Date: 1966 October 14.

Event: The Autumn Convocation is held in conjunction with ceremonies and lectures marking the new science program at York.

The new science curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree requires all students to take the same courses for the first two years. At the end of the second year, students select an area of specialization.

The first York University graduate degree, an MA in Psychology is granted to Elizabeth Hoy. The Honourary Degrees of Doctor of Science are awarded to Dr. Donald Olding Hebb, Dr. Linus Pauling, Dr. William Schneider, and George Gaylord Simpson. Dr. Schneider delivers the Convocation address.

On October 14 the Farquharson Life Sciences Building and Steacie Science Library are officially opened with dedications by Mrs. R.F. Farquharson and Mrs. E.W. Steacie. Doctors Pauling and Simpson deliver two Science Inaugural Lectures.

Source: The Mirror, April 20, 1966; Norman Endler, Psychology Department History, (typescript) p. 2. York University Archives; Murray G. Ross, President’s Report 1965 – 1966, p.27; York University Gazette, 30 April 1966 p.4; York University Gazette, 31 October 1966 p.23.


Date: 1966 October 27.

Event: Mrs. Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh and Mr. Joseph S. Atkinson, the daughter and son of the late Joseph E. Atkinson, officiate at a ceremony to seal a “time capsule” into the wall of the new Atkinson College. The capsule encloses documents outlining the establishment and development of the College. This ceremony marks the end of the Phase I Atkinson College building program.

Category: Buildings and Property; Administrative History – Institution.

Source: York University Gazette, 31 October 1966, p. 24.


Date: 1966 November 1.

Event: The Behavioural Sciences building is opened. The Psychology Department moves from the Glendon campus into the new building.

Category: Buildings and Property.

Source: Norman Endler, Psychology Department History, (typescript), p.2. York University Archives.


Date: 1966 November – December.

Event: The Faculty of Arts and Science removes English and other language course, general education requirements for the BA and B.Sc. degree programs. The Department of French Literature and the Department of Foreign Languages replace the Department of Modern Languages.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: York University Gazette, 31 December 1966 p.3.


Date: 1966 November 21.

Event: It is announced that the (1860) Jacob Stong house, on the north-east corner of the York campus, has been restored and will become the York University Visual Art Centre. Ronald Bloore, York’s Director of Art, will use the space to develop an extra-curricular programme that meets students’ artistic needs and ambitions.

Category: Buildings and Property; Cultural Life – University.

Source: York University Gazette, 31 December 1966 p.21.


Date: 1966 November 26.

Event: The “York Colleges Drama Festival of One-Act Plays” is held in Burton Auditorium. Atkinson College, Founders College, Glendon College and Vanier College each take part.

Category: Cultural Life – Students.

Source: York University Gazette, 31October 1966 p.48.


Date: 1966 December 6.

Event: Representatives of the University and the Law Society of Upper Canada sign a formal memorandum of understanding. Osgoode Hall Law School will become a Faculty of York University in the fall of 1968.

Category: Administrative History – Institution.

Source: York University Gazette, 31 December 1966, p.27.


Date: 1966 December 17.

Event: The Tait Mackenzie Physical Education Centre is officially opened on the Keele Street campus. The complex includes gymnasia, a pool, squash courts and other athletic facilities. The Russian Olympic Gymnastic Team gives gymnastic demonstrations as part of the opening festivities.

Category: Buildings and Property; Cultural Life – University .

Source: York University press release, 17 June 1966. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1966 December 23.

Event: At the Atkinson College Annual dinner it is announced that the Atkinson Charitable Foundation’s Centennial project will be a donation of $500 000 to be used towards the cost of constructing the Elmina Elliott Atkinson Hall.

Source: York University Gazette, 31 December 1966 p. 12.


Date: 1966 December 27.

Event: Approximately 121 acres of land to the south of the York campus is appropriated. The UPACE group of architects and planners will work with the Campus Planning Advisory Committee to develop the area into the overall York Master Plan. The York campus measures approximately 600 acres.

Source: Murray Ross, The President’s Report, 1966 – 1967, p.21; York University Gazette, 28 February 1967 p. 7.


FOUNDERS

Date: 1966 July 1.

People: The Board of Governors, 1966-1967

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

Category: Administrative History – Government.


Date: 1966 July 1.

People: York University Administration, 1966-1967.

  • Murray G. Ross, President
  • Henry B.M. Best, Assistant to the President
  • James M Gillies, Vice-President and Dean Faculty of Administrative Studies
  • William W. Small, Vice-President (Administration) and Secretary of the Board of Governors
  • Bruce Parkes, Vice-President (Finance)
  • M.H. Appley, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • John T. Saywell, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Harold I. Schiff, Dean of Science, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Escott Reid, Principal, Glendon College
  • Willard W. Piepenburg, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Dr. George Tatham, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal, Glendon College
  • John J. Conway, Master of Founders College
  • C. David Fowle, Master of Vanier College
  • Howard Langille, Director of Physical Education and Athletics (Glendon)
  • Bryce M. Taylor, Director of Physical Education and Athletics (York)
  • D. McCormack Smyth, Dean of the Joseph E. Atkinson College
  • Thomas F. O’Connell, Director of Library Services
  • Arthur C. Johnson, Director of Campus Planning
  • John K. Armour, Director of Physical Plant
  • Donald S. Rickerd, Registrar and Secretary of the Senate
  • Wilfrid Sanders, Director of Information and Publications

Category: Administrative History – Government.

Source: York University Calendar for the Seventh Academic year 1966-67, p. 10.


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