1960


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Date: 1960 January 29.

Event: The first faculty and staff appointments are announced at a Board of Governors meeting. The faculty appointments include Edgar McInnis, John R. Seeley, George Grant (who never came to York), Lionel Rubinoff, Hugh N. Maclean, Lester J. Pronger, Douglas Lochhead and S.G. Dennis Smith, Registrar and Lecturer.

Category: Administrative History – Faculty.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 29 January 1960. Appendix E, Staff Appointments.


Date: 1960 February – September.

Event: A public relations campaign is mounted to publicize York University. There are articles in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and The Telegram. Press releases are issued announcing staff appointments from February through June. Advertisements encouraging applications and inquiries are run in all three Toronto-area newspapers on a once-weekly basis from August through early September.

Category: Administrative History – Institution.

Source: Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1960 March 2.

Event: The second set of faculty appointments is announced. These appointments include George Tatham, I.R. Pounder, Alice Turner, Norman S. Endler, and Richard Coughlin.

Category: Administrative History – Faculty.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 2 March 1960, Appendix A, Staff Appointments.


Date: 1960 April 7.

Event: York’s first calendar (for the Faculty of Arts and Science) is published. The York University Calendar announces that ” … the concern of the University will be to give a solid general education in the arts and basic sciences before professional education.” Five thousand copies are published.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: Murray G. Ross, These five years, p. 12.


Date: 1960 April 11.

Event: President Ross outlines to the Board of Governors the “Tea and Talk” sessions for undergraduates at York University. By setting up a series of informal discussions between students and prominent people in the arts, literary and scientific communities, Ross hopes to broaden students’ experience and outlooks. The talks, organized by Lionel Rubinoff, take place in the Common Room. The first year speakers include: novelist Morley Callaghan; dramatist Mavor Moore, University of Toronto geophysicist J. Tuzzo Wilson and psychiatrist Daniel Cappon.

Category: Cultural Life – Students.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 11 April 1960; Murray Ross, These five years, p. 68.


Date: 1960 May 16.

Event: A dinner is held at the Royal York Hotel for the Principals and Guidance Counselors of approximately 70 schools in the Metropolitan Toronto area and beyond.

Category: Administrative History – Institution.

Source: York University press release, 16 May 1960. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Event: The Board of Governors Building Committee, including Chairman John Proctor and members Edwin H. Walker and B. Mansur, recommends that the firm Marani, Morris and Allan be appointed as architects for the new buildings at Glendon Hall. Dr. T. Howarth, Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, is appointed Architect Planner. He is asked to prepare a plan for York University at the Glendon Hall property.

Category: Buildings and Property.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 20 June 1960.


Date: 1960 June 20.

Event: New staff appointments are announced. Mr. J. D. McFarlane is appointed lecturer in philosophy, and Dr. Arthur C. Johnson is named Assistant to the President.

Category: Administrative history – Faculty.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 20 June 1960.


Date: 1960 June 30.

Event: The Governors of the University of Toronto and the Governors of York University sign an agreement of affiliation for a period of “not less than four years and not more than eight years.” York becomes an affiliated college of the University of Toronto. York will offer University of Toronto courses, leading to the General Arts and Sciences degrees. York students must pass University of Toronto admission requirements, write the same examinations as University of Toronto students and they will receive University of Toronto degrees. In two years, York will be at liberty to develop its own programs and distinctive curriculum. York agrees not to mount a public campaign for funds for the first five years. In return, the University of Toronto agrees to make a cash grant to the University in 1960 and 1961, and to transfer the Glendon property to York. (Affiliation was officially terminated on June 30, 1965).

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

Source: Faculty Meeting, September 8 – 9, 1960, Minutes. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives; Manus, Silver anniversary issue 1985-86, “York’s History,” p.32; Murray G. Ross, These five years, p.8; “York University Board of Governors Dinner to Celebrate the First Ten Years of York and to honour Dr. Murray G. Ross” Chronology. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1960 July 1

Event: Mr. Douglas Grant Lochhead is appointed University Librarian. The library is housed in Falconer Hall. Faculty, staff and students have full library privileges at the University of Toronto libraries until the end of June 1962. York becomes a depository library for Canadian federal documents on August 24, 1960. The decision is made to adopt the Library of Congress classification scheme and to develop a book collection of 100,000 volumes to meet the needs of students and faculty. The library staff in July consists of Mr. Lochhead, Mr. R.M. Clee (acting orders librarian) and Miss Patricia Kennedy (secretary-typist.)

Category: Administrative History -Faculty; Academic Life.

Source: Faculty Meeting, September 8 – 9, 1960, Minutes. Appendix C “York University Library.” Presidents’ papers. York University Archives .


Date: 1960 July 22.

Event: A contest is held to devise a motto for York University. There are over two hundred entries. High school student John Court suggests Tentanda via: “The way must be tried” (Virgil Georgics, Book III, l.18.) Tentanda via is chosen as York’s motto. John Court is awarded an entrance bursary of $300.

Category: Cultural Life – University; Cultural Life – Students.

Source: York University press release, 22 July 1960. Presidents’ papers, York University Archives.


Date: 1960 July 27.

Event: Eric Aldwinckle is commissioned by the Board of Governors to design the University coat of arms. The white rose signifies the House of York. The York colors are chosen, with white to represent York, and with crimson as the contrast.

Category: Cultural Life – University.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 26 July 1960, Appendix F.


Date: 1960 September 7.

Event: President Ross establishes a series of University Committees for the 1960/61 academic year. Curriculum (General Course) chairman is Professor McInnis; Curriculum (York Course) Chairman is Professor Tatham; Admissions Chairman is Professor Maclean; Scholarships and Bursaries Chairman is Professor Pronger; Buildings and Campus Chairman is Dr. Johnson; Recruiting Chairman is Dr. Johnson; Installation Chairman is Dr. Johnson; Tutorials Supervisor is Mr. McFarland; and Student Advisor is Mr. Smith.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 7 September 1960, Appendix B “York University Committees, 1960-1961 Academic Term” .


Date: 1960 September 8.

Event: There is a two-day meeting of the teaching staff of York University in the boardroom at Falconer Hall. This introductory meeting introduces the faculty to the University’s plans for the year, and gives an overview of York’s founding, the Master Plan for Glendon Hall, curriculum initiatives, university funding, and reports from committees and departments.

The people present are: Professor E.W. McInnis, Dr. N.S. Endler, Professor I.R. Pounder, Mr. D. Smith (Registrar), Professor J.R. Seeley, Dr. A.W. Turner, Professor G. Tatham, Mr. L. Rubinoff, Professor R.J. Coughlin, Mr. J.D. McFarland, Professor H.N. Maclean, Mr. W.W. Small (Comptroller), Professor L.J. Pronger, Dr. A.C. Johnson, Professor D.G. Lochhead, President Ross (Chair) and Dr. T. Howarth.

Category: Administrative History – Faculty; Academic Life.

Source: Faculty Meeting, September 8 – 9, 1960, Minutes. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1960 September 9.

Event: A grant is made to the University to support a Student Counseling Service. The grant is for a period of five years and also includes funds to support research. Dr. Norman Endler, the Director of the Counseling Service and a faculty member, introduces the Counseling Service to his colleagues. The object of the mandatory psychological counseling is to have students function “at the most efficient level.” This counseling is to be of three types: educational, vocational, and personal.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: Norman Endler, “Department of Psychology History,” York University Archives; Faculty Meeting, September 8 – 9, 1960, Minutes. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives; Murray G. Ross, These five years, p. 71-73.


Date: 1960 September 9.

Event: The York scholarship winners are announced. The $3000 Governors Scholarship is to be awarded over two years to Miss Elizabeth Anne Dalziel. A $1000 Governors Scholarship is awarded to Mr. Gary G. Caldwell, and four $500 scholarships are awarded to Miss Trudy Lipp, Mr. Robert G. Witterick, Mr. Douglas K. Griffin, and Miss Elsa R. Snider.

Category: Academic Life.

Source: York University press release, 9 September 1960. Presidents’ Papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1960 September 12

Event: The official opening of York University takes place at Falconer Hall, University of Toronto. Following introductory remarks by the Chairman of the Board, The Honorable Robert H. Winters and the President, Dr. Murray G. Ross; Premier Leslie Frost plants a white rose bush as part of the official opening ceremony. (The bush is later moved to the Glendon Hall campus to begin a white rose garden there.) Two leading scholarship winners – Miss E.A. Dalziel and Mr. Gary G. Caldwell, participate in the opening ceremonies.

Category: Administrative History – Institutional.

Source: York University press release, 12 September 1960. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives.


Date: 1960 September 15.

Event: September 15 and 16, the first York students register at Falconer Hall. 76 students are enrolled. Douglas Rutherford is the first student to register at York. September 19 and 20 there is a student orientation, and lectures begin on September 21. (check lectures date in Calendar).

Source: Faculty Meeting, September 8 – 9, 1960, Minutes. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives; Murray G. Ross, These Five Years, p. 13; Manus, Silver Anniversary Issue 1985-1986, “York’s History,” p. 32 .


Date: 1960 September 15. *check date of Minutes & entry

Event: Dr. Thomas Howarth’s Master Plan for Glendon, and his selection of a site for the first multi-purpose building on campus is approved by the Board of Governors.

Category: Buildings and property; Administrative History – Institution.

Source: Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting, 15 September 1960.


Date: 1960 October 13.

Event: The Honorable Robert H. Winters, Chairman of the Board of Governors, John S. Proctor, the Board of Governors Building Committee Chairman, and Dr. Murray G. Ross, President of York University, hold a press conference in Falconer Hall. They announce “broad plans” for the University, including a residential, liberal arts college of 1 500 students, with 70-80% living in residence. It is estimated that York will accommodate 16 500 undergraduate, graduate and night students by 1980.

Source: Globe and Mail, October 14, 1960; Manus, Silver Anniversary Issue1985-86, “York’s History,” p.32; Murray G. Ross, These five years, pp. 10-11; “York University Board of Governors Dinner to celebrate the first ten years of York and to honour Dr. Murray G. Ross” Chronology. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives; York University press release, 13 October 1960. President’s papers. York University Archives.

Event: The York University Senate is established. The first meeting of the Senate is held in the President’s office in Falconer Hall. Those present include Murray G. Ross (in the chair), Edgar W. McInnis, George Tatham, I.R. Pounder, and W.W. Small (secretary of the meeting). One resolution is made: “Resolved that, for the purpose of its affiliation with the University of Toronto, a Faculty of Arts and Science be established in York University, to be known as York College.” Later in the year, the Senate membership is expanded.

Category: Administrative history – Institution; Administrative History – Government.

Source: Minutes of the Senate meeting, 14 November 1960.


Date: Fall 1960.

Event: The Student Administrative Council is organized. The Council is responsible for the direction and financing of all purely student activities in the University including social events, student publications, affiliation with the National Federation of Canadian University Students, and welfare drives. The University funds the student council on a per capita grant. Professor Denis Smith is the faculty advisers for 1960- 1961, and works with the Committee on Student Affairs.

Category: Administrative History – Student Organizations; Cultural Life – Students.

Source: York University Calendar 1962-1963, p. ; Murray G. Ross, These five years, pp. 67-68.


FOUNDERS

Date: 1960 July 1.

People: Board of Governors of York University, 1960 – 1961

  • The Honorable Robert H. Winters, Chairman
  • Air Marshal W.A. Curtis, Chancellor of the University
  • Murray G. Ross, President
  • John S. Proctor
  • Allen T. Lambert
  • W.P. Scott
  • The Honorable T. D’Arcy Leonard
  • Edwin H. Walker
  • Dr. Ray F. Farquharson
  • W.C. Harris
  • John D. Leitch
  • David B. Mansur
  • Dr. W.F. James
  • W.W. Small, Secretary of the Board

Category: Administrative History – Government

Source: Murray G. Ross, These five years, Appendix B “The Board of Governors,” p.103


Date: 1960 July 1.

  • Murray G. Ross, President
  • Arthur C. Johnson, Assistant to the President
  • William W. Small, Comptroller and Secretary of the Board of Governors
  • Denis Smith, Registrar
  • Douglas G. Lochhead, Librarian

Date: 1960 September – June 1961

People: York University Teaching Faculty, 1960-1961

  • Professor Edgar W. McInnis (History)
  • Professor I.R. Pounder (Mathematics)
  • Dr Norman S. Endler (Psychology)
  • Professor John R. Seeley (Sociology)
  • Dr. Alice W. Turner (Mathematics)
  • Professor George Tatham (Geography)
  • Mr. Lionel Rubinoff (Philosophy)
  • Professor Richard J. Coughlin (Sociology)
  • Professor Hugh N. Maclean (English)
  • Professor Lester J. Pronger (French)
  • Professor David Fowle (Biology)
  • Professor D. G. Lochhead (English)
  • Mr. Denis Smith (Political Science)

Category: Administrative History – Faculty

Source: York University Calendar 1960-61, pp. ; Murray G. Ross, These five years, Appendix D “The Faculty and Staff Appointments,” pp.107 – 108.


Date: 1960 November 14.

People: Senate Membership, 1960 -61

  • Dr. Murray G. Ross,Chairman
  • Dean V.W. Bladen, University of Toronto
  • Dean A.R. Gordon, University of Toronto
  • Professor R.J. Coughlin
  • Dr. R. Farquharson
  • Mr. J.D. Leitch
  • Professor D.G. Lochhead
  • Professor H.N. Maclean
  • Professor E.W. McInnis
  • Dr. Z.S. Phimister
  • Professor I.R. Pounder
  • Professor L.J. Pronger
  • Dr. S.G.B. Robinson
  • Professor J.R. Seeley
  • Professor G. Tatham
  • Mr. D. Smith, (Secretary)

Category: Administrative History – Government .

Source: Murray Ross, These Five Years, Appendix C “Membership of the Senate.” p. 104.


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