1969


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Date: 1969 January 23.

Event: The Senate Committee on the Duff-Berdahl Report recommends to Senate that the number of students on Senate and Faculty Councils be increased. For the 1969-70 session, 10 students will sit on Senate. At the March 27 Senate meeting it is suggested that each of York’s ten Student Councils submit the name of a student in good standing for nomination to Senate. York University Alumni Association selects Colin Campbell, Past President of the Alumni Society as its nominee for the 1969-1970 Senate.

Category: Administrative History – Government

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.5,7


Date: 1969 February 21.

Event: President Murray Ross’ retirement is announced. Dr. Ross will finish his term of office on June 30, 1970. The executive committees of the Senate and the Board of Governors meet to set up a search committee. The original committee composition includes three board members, three senators, and no students.

Category: Administrative History – Faculty; Administrative History – Government

Source: Manus, 1970 – 1971, p.44; “The 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: 1969 February 27.

Event: The Senate gives final reading to a statute to establish the Department of Physical Education in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Senate gives final reading to a statute to establish the Division of Linguistics and Language Training, Faculty of Arts.

Category: Academic Life

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.2


Date: 1969 March 29.

Event: There is a Board of Governors meeting to address the issue of rumors regarding Glendon College. The Board “… assured Principal Reid that the Board has not initiated or taken part in alleged discussions of a move of Glendon College to York Campus and the establishment of public administration on the Glendon Campus.”

Category: Administrative History – Institution

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.16


Date: 1969 April 14.

Event: Three faculty members join the Board of Governors: Professor Eli Mandel; Prof. Ivan Feltham; and Dr. N.S. Grace.

The Board of Governors recommends that a search committee for the new president be struck and, subject to the approval of the Senate Executive Committee, that its membership include representatives from the Board, the Senate, the Student body (3 each), the Faculty at large (1) and the Administrative staff (1).

Category: Administrative History – Institution

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, pp.16-17


Date: 1969 April 14.

Event: The Staff Association of the York University Libraries is formed.

Category: Administrative History – Staff

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.17


Date: 1969 April 15.

Event: The Board approves the Green Bush Inn proposal to run a student pub on campus, subject to financial and legal considerations.

Category: Cultural Life – Students

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.17


Date: 1969 April 24.

Event: The Senate Academic Policy and Planning Committee recommends that the York University Transport Centre be established on the condition that the Centre is self-supporting.

Category: Administrative History – Institution

Source: York Communiqué, June 1969, p.2; York University Gazette, July 1969, p.9


Date: 1969 April 24.

Event: The Senate approves the Gerstein Committee’s recommendation on the separation of the Centre for Continuing Studies from Atkinson College, including the separation of the offices of the Dean of Atkinson and the Director of the Centre for Continuing Studies. The Senate releases a policy statement establishing Atkinson College as an equal academic partner with the other University faculties in the overall undertakings of the University.

At the same meeting, the Senate gives its approval to a “Diploma for Science Teachers” from the Centre for Continuing Studies.

Source: Reports to the President 1968- 1969, “Atkinson College”, p.12; York University Gazette, July 1969, p.9, 18


Date: 1969 May 10.

Event: The Osgoode Hall Law School moves into its new building on the York campus.

Category: Building and Property

Source: Reports to the President 1968-69, “Faculty of Law”, p. 19


Date: 1969 May 12.

Event: The Board of Governors authorizes the construction of College “E” (Stong College) and approves negotiations with the Ontario Housing Corporation for the construction of College “E” Residence.

Category: Administrative History – Institution; Buildings and Property

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p. 18


Date: 1969 May 12.

Event: The Board of Governors receives for study the Report of the Presidential Committee on Glendon College chaired by Mr. George R. Gardiner. (The Report is released to the public on September 11.) “The Committee recommends that Glendon College be unreservedly endorsed as the small, residential liberal arts College of York University with a bi-cultural and public affairs orientation, operating on its present site and continuing in its existing relationship with the rest of the University.”

The Board does not give its approval to a 34 page, Faculty Council Memorandum appealing for “special financial assistance” in order to allow the College to move ahead quickly in the next five years, “toward the full realization of its hopes and ambitions.”

At the same meeting the Board of Governors approves of the appointment of Professor H.S. Crowe as Dean of Atkinson, effective July 1, 1969.

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p. 19; George R. Gardiner, Report of the Presidential Committee on Glendon College, June 1969, p. 15; Reports to the President, 1968-69, “Glendon College,” p.23


Date: 1969 May 30.

Event: The first of three 1969 Spring Convocations is held on the main campus on May 30. There is a Glendon Convocation on May 31, and a Special Law Convocation on June 10.

At the University Convocation honorary degrees are conferred on five prominent Canadians: Professor Maxwell Cohen, Professor Northrop Frye, Mr. Frederick Gardiner, and Mr. Mavor Moore. Professor Frye gives the Convocation address.

Category: Academic Life

Source: York Communiqué, June 1969, p.2; York University Gazette, July 1969, p.5, 11


Date: 1969 June 1.

Event: The University hosts the Learned Society’s Annual meeting for the first time from June 1 through June 17. 5,000 delegates attend the conference. “American Art in the Sixties” exhibition is mounted in Steacie Science Library. Assembled by York University’s Art Curator, Michael Greenwood, the exhibition features works by Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, Donald Judd, Roy Lichstein, Morris Louis, Marisol, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Noland, Claes Odenberg, Jules Olitski, Robert Rauschenburg, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.

Category: Cultural Life – University

Source: York Communiqué, June 1969, p.2, 4; York Historical Research Project, “Information Sheet – 1969,” p.I;


Date: 1969 June 9.

Event: The Board of Governors agrees to change the name of the “Humanities and Social Science Building” to the “Murray G. Ross Building.” (The name is endorsed by Senate on June 26.)

Category: Buildings and Property

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.13,19


Date: 1969 June 10.

Event: A joint Law Convocation of the Osgoode Hall Law School and the Law Society of Upper Canada is held. 163 students in law receive their degrees. The Doctor of Laws honoris causa degree is conferred on six distinguished individuals from the fields of law and legal education: John D. Arnup, Esq. (past Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, responsible for many reforms in legal education in Ontario,) Lawrence C.B. Gower, Esq. Vice-Chairman of the Law Commission of England, Dr. Albert M. Sacks, Professor and Associate Dean of Law, Harvard Law School, The Honourable G.A. Gale, Chief Justice of Ontario, (in absentia) The Right Honourable J.R. Cartwright, Chief Justice of Canada, and the Honourable John N. Turner, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

In the afternoon, there is a dedication ceremony, and Chief Justice Gale officially opens the law school building. There are addresses by Dr. Gower and Dr. Sacks. A dinner in the evening, follows an open house for the law community.

Source: ; Reports to the President 1968-69, “Faculty of Law”, p.19; York Communiqué, June 1969, p.3; York University Gazette, July 1969, p.10


Date: 1969 June 26. (Kent pls. Find the report & fill in student names) *

Event: The Presidential Search Committee meets for the first time, begins to solicit nominations and draft the criteria for selecting a new president. Members: Bora Laskin, Chairman; Board of Governors members: W.P. Scott, A.E. Barron, A.T. Lambert; Senate members: Michael Creal, Harold Schiff, Albert Tucker; YUFA member Wesley Coons; Student members:

Category: Administrative History – Government

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.16; York University Gazette, August 1970, p.12


Date: 1969 July 1.

Event: The Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science become two separate undergraduate faculties. Biology, chemistry and physics are separated from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Category: Administrative History – Institution

Source: York University Faculty of Arts Calendar 1970-71, p.7


Date: 1969 August 25.

Event: The York University Bookstore opens in Central Square with a book stock of 21,000 titles. It gives a 5 % discount to students, faculty and staff. Beth Appeldoorn is the Book Department Manager, Stephen Zalewski is the General Manager.

Category: Cultural Life – University

Source: York Communiqué, November 1969, p.4; York Historical Research Project, “Information Sheet – 1969,” p.III


Date: 1969 September.

Event: York 10 programme proposals are presented to Senate. The festivities are intended to “…introduce, explain and interpret the function of York University to its various constituencies.” This is to include an open house for the public with displays and discussions to demonstrate what York is all about in the fall term. In the winter term (1970), special lectures, forums, artistic and performing arts events are planned for the York community.

Category: Cultural Life – University

Source: Manus, 1969-70, p.10


Date: 1969 September 11.

Event: The Green Bush Inn, the first student-run pub on campus, serves its first drink. The temporary location is in the Central Plaza next to the Toronto Dominion bank. The York Student Federation has a Green Bush Inn committee of students who want to preserve the original 139 year old Green Bush Inn building from demolition and transfer it to the York campus from its present location on Steeles Avenue, west of Yonge Street.

Category: Cultural Life – Students

Source: Manus, 1969-70, p.48


Date: 1969 September 15.

Event: Lectures begin. There are more than 21 500 students enrolled at York for the 1969-1970 academic year (over 7 700 full-time and 8 500 part-time degree students, 583 full-time and 588 part time Faculty of Graduate Studies students and 5,400 non-degree students at the Centre for Continuing Studies).

Osgoode Hall Law School begins its first classes on the York campus in its new facility. Students sit on Faculty Council and Committees of the Law School for the first time.

Atkinson College offers new honours programmes in Computer Science, Economics, English, Geography and Sociology.

The Faculty of Fine Arts register its first students.

The new Liberal Science programme is introduced in the Faculty of Science.

The “College Tutorial” is launched for first year Arts and Science undergraduates, as part of their general Education programme. Groups of ten students participate in informal, interdisciplinary tutorials led by College Fellows and intended to help students develop their critical and imaginative faculties. College tutorials are not graded, students are marked on a pass/fail basis.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers a mixture of M.A., M. Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in ten subject areas – Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Economics, English, Experimental Space Science, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Administration and Sociology.

The Council of the York Student Federation takes over from the York Student Council. Radio York, an internal broadcaster operated by students, goes on the air. The York Youth Clinic, offering assistance to students and others on matters of sexual education and drug awareness, is opened.

The Allied Institute is built on the York campus for the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded. It is a facility for core research and programme development in the National Institute on Mental Retardation.

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Institution; Buildings and Property; Cultural Life – University

Source: Archives and Special Collections Chronology; The College System at York University , [pamphlet, 1969?]. Presidents’ papers. York University Archives; Manus, 1969-1970, pp. 14-17; Reports to the President 1968-69,pp. (various); York Communiqué, November 1969, p.1; York Historical Research Project, “Information Sheet – 1969,” p.III; York University Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar 1969-70, pp.4 – 7


Date: 1969 September 25.

Event: The Centre for Research on Environmental Quality is approved by Senate, and approved by the Board of Governors on October 14. It is established to promote multi-disciplinary, environmental research and study. Dr. Harold MacFarland is appointed Director. Other faculty members involved with the Centre are Dr. Morris Katz, Dr. C. David Fowle, and Dr, M.G. Boyer.

The Senate gives final reading to the statutory motion that the Department of Physical Education be established as a Department in the Faculty of Science. The Academic Policy and Planning Committee recommends that a Presidential Committee on the administrative relationship between the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at York University be established.

Category: Academic Life; Administrative History – Institution

Source: York University Gazette, July 1969, p.13; York University Gazette, February 1970, p.1, 3, 12


Date: 1969 October 10.

Event: The Honourable Robert H. Winters dies. On October 14, the Board asks the Chancellor to prepare for presentation a memorial citation outlining the first Chairman of the Board of Governors’ achievements in the establishment and growth of York University.

Category: Administrative History – Government

Source: Toronto Telegram, October 11, 1969; York Historical Research Project, “Information Sheet – 1969,” p.III; York University Gazette, February 1970, p.12


Date: 1969 October 14.

Event: The Board of Governors approves in principle the agreement between York University and the Canadian International Development Agency whereby York is to provide economic assessment services, research and training to the government of Kenya. The negotiations between C.I.D.A. and York University are concluded at the end of November. A Project Planing and Evaluation Unit in the Kenyan Ministry of Economic Planning and Development is established for a period of five years. There will be a York field unit in Kenya, initially headed by the Kenya Project Director Prof. Tillo E. Kahn. Professor Andreas Papandreou will be responsible for the research and training of Kenyan Fellows at York.

Category: Academic Life

Source: York Communiqué, January 1970, p.3; York University Gazette, February 1970, pp. 12


Date: 1969 October 28.

Event: The Music Listening Room opens at the Steacie Science Library with a non-circulating collection of 800 music records and 140 spoken word tapes.

Category: Academic Life

Source: York University Gazette, February 1970, p.69


Date: 1969 November 10.

Event: During the fall term, Principal Escott Reid Announces that he is retiring on December 31, 1969. Dr. Albert Tucker is appointed Principal-designate of Glendon College. He will take office on January 1, 1970.

On November 10, the Board of Governors Committee on Names recommends that the main drive on the Glendon campus be named, the “Escott Reid Walk” in honour of the retiring Principal of Glendon College. Category: Administrative History – Faculty; Buildings and Property

Source: York Communiqué, November 1969, p.2; York University Gazette, February 1970, p.13


Date: 1969 November 14.

Event: Vanier College holds a two day conference on French Canada as its York 10 project, entitled,” Canadians-Canadiens: Two Cultures or Two Nations.” Claude Ryan, John Porter, Jean-Paul Desbiens, Mavor Moore, Claude Armand-Shepppard, and Keith Spicer each present a paper giving either the English or the French point of view on “The State versus the Individual” and “Culture and the Constitution.”

Category: Cultural Life – University

Source: York University Gazette, February 1970, p. 70


Date: 1969 November 27

Event: The Report of the Presidential Committee on Rights and Responsibilities (the Laskin Report) is released to the public. Excalibur prints the Report in its newspaper.

Category: Administrative History – Government

Source: Manus, 1969 – 1970, p.34


Date: 1969 December 3.

Event: A Daycare Centre for children two years and younger opens in Winters College.

Category: Administrative History – Institution

Source: York University Gazette, February 1970, p. 69


Date: 1969 December 5.

Event: The R.M. Petrie Science Building and the Astronomical Observatory are officially opened. Dr. Jean K. Petrie participates in the formal dedication of the building named to honour her husband.

Category: Buildings and Property

Source: York Communiqué, November 1969, p.2; York University Gazette, February 1970, p. 70


Date: 1969 December 5.

Event: The Autumn Convocation ceremonies take place. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees are conferred on four astronomers: Dr. Gerhard Herzberg, Director, Division of Pure Physics, National Research Council; Dr. Jean K. Petrie of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and Victoria University, and wife of the late Robert Methven Petrie; Dr. Anne B. Underhill, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Utrecht; and Professor Pol Swings, Director of the Institute of Astrophysics, University of Liege. Dr. Herzberg delivers the Convocation address.

Category: Academic Life

Source: York University Gazette, February 1970, p.70


Date: 1969 December 18.

Event: The Senate gives final reading to a statutory motion to establish the degree of Master in Environmental Science.

Category: Academic Life

Source: York University Gazette, February 1970, p.6


FOUNDERS

Date: 1969 July 1.

People: The Board of Governors, 1969 – 1970.

  • William Pearson Scott, Chairman
  • Allen T. Lambert, Vice-Chairman
  • Floyd S. Chalmers, Chancellor
  • Murray G. Ross, President
  • Alex E. Barron
  • Mrs. John David Eaton
  • Theodore J. Emmert
  • George R. Gardiner
  • Bertrand Gerstein
  • John Morgan Gray
  • J. William Horsey
  • W.F. James
  • Michael Milan Koerner
  • The Hon. Mr. Justice Bora Laskin
  • John D. Leitch
  • A.J. Little
  • L.G. Lumbers
  • Robert M. MacIntosh
  • William Mahoney
  • David B. Mansur
  • W.F. McLean
  • Alfred Powis
  • John S. Proctor
  • John H. Taylor
  • Edwin H. Walker
  • The Hon. Robert H. Winters (d. October 1969)
  • Category: Administrative History – Government
  • Source: York University Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar 1969-70, p.8
  • Date: 1969 July 1.
  • People: York University Administration, 1969 – 1970.
  • Murray G. Ross, President
  • Dennis M. Healy, Vice-President (Academic)
  • William W. Small, Vice-President (Administration)
  • H. Bruce Parkes, Vice-President (Finance)
  • Arthur C. Johnson, Assistant Vice-President
  • John T. Saywell, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Harold I. Schiff, Dean of the Faculty of Science
  • Harry S. Crowe, Dean of the Joseph E. Atkinson College
  • Frederick Elkin, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • James M. Gillies, Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies
  • Gerald E. Le Dain, Dean of the Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Gerald A.P. Carrothers, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies

    Jules Heller, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Escott Reid, Principal of Glendon College (resigned December 1969)
  • Albert Tucker, Principal of Glendon College (January 1970-)
  • John J. Conway, Master of Founders College
  • C. David Fowle, Master of Vanier College
  • Thomas A. Hockin, Acting Master of Winters College
  • George Tatham, Master of McLaughlin College
  • William D. Farr, Secretary of Senate
  • James L Flynn, Secretary of the Board of Governors
  • Thomas F. O’Connell, Director of Library Services
  • Bryce M. Taylor, Director of Physical Education and Athletics
  • Gordon F. Howarth, Registrar
  • A. Ross Dawson, Director of Campus Planning
  • John K. Armour, Director of Physical Plant
  • Neal McK. Agnew, Director of Psychological Services
  • Wilfrid Sanders, Director of Information and Development
  • Henry B. M. Best, Director of Student Services
  • Arthur F. Knowles, Director of Instructional Aid Resources.

Category: Administrative History – Government

Source: York University Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar 1969-70, pp. 9 – 10


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