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Passing of Michael Scott


A picture of Cynthia and Michael Scott at the E-Librarianship Chair Launch in 2008.

It is with sadness that we inform YUL staff of the passing of Michael Scott. Many of you will remember Michael Scott, who became a wonderful friend of York University Libraries. His family donated funds for the new study space on Scott Library 3rd Floor as well as to the Chair in E-Librarianship Research. – Cynthia

SCOTT, John Michael Grierson
Michael, a retired investment banker, died at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, June 7, 2009. He was 81. Michael was married for 58 years to his wife Janet. They have six children — Peter, Tom, Sarah, Geoffrey, Martha and Mary – and 14 grandchildren. Michael also leaves behind his sister, Barbara. In his lifelong career in investment banking, Michael served as vice-chairman of Wood Gundy Inc. He later held the same post at ScotiaMcLeod. He served on the boards of several firms including Bombardier Inc. and Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd. He was also a major contributor to the community. Michael was chairman of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and a generous donor, with his wife Janet, to the Art Gallery of Ontario, York University, and many other institutions. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed fishing, shooting and golfing at the Ristigouche Salmon Club, Long Point Company, the Toronto Golf Club and many other clubs. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Initram and the Rosedale Walking Club. Michael will be missed by friends across Canada, the United States, and around the world. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at The Cathedral Church of St. James, at the corner of Church and King.