Memorial for John (Jack) Saywell this Sunday

There will be a memorial service on June 19 for University Professor Emeritus John Tupper (Jack) Saywell, a noted Canadian historian and a member of the Founders Society of York University, who died on April 20 in Toronto at 82.

Friends and colleagues of Prof. Saywell are invited to “The Way It Was: Remembering Jack”, a celebration of his life, which will be held on Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day) from 11:30am, at the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court (off Wynford Drive, west of the Don Valley Professor John "Jack" Saywell in earlier yearsParkway) in North York. For more information or directions to the location, call 416-441-2345.

Right: Professor John “Jack” Saywell in earlier years

Prof. Saywell was the founding dean of York University’s Faculty of Arts & Science, serving in this formative role from 1964 to 1973. As well, his thoughts and direction helped found York University’s Faculties of Fine Arts and Education. In 1970, he was shortlisted as a candidate to succeed founding President Murray Ross.

In 1980, York conferred on Prof. Saywell its inaugural University Professorship for both service and scholarly achievement. During York’s 40th anniversary year i 1999, he was inducted into the Founders Society for contributions to York during its formative years.

For more on Prof. Saywell, see YFile, April 26.