Passings: Memorial celebration on June 23 for Professor Emeritus Lee Lorch

Lee Lorch

Lee Lorch

A memorial celebration for the late Professor Emeritus Lee Lorch will be held in the Winters College Dining Hall on Monday, June 23, from 3:30 to 6pm.

The memorial is sponsored by the York University Faculty Association and the Association for Retired Faculty and Librarians.

On Friday, Feb. 28, York Professor Emeritus of mathematics and civil rights activist Lee Lorch died in a Toronto hospital. He was 98 years old.

Prof. Lorch was a mathematician and an early civil rights activist. His leadership in the campaign to desegregate Stuyvesant Town, a large housing development on the East Side of Manhattan, helped eventually to make housing discrimination illegal nationwide but also resulted in Lorch losing his own job. He and his family then moved to the Southern United States where he and his wife, Grace Lorch, became involved in the civil rights struggle. He ended his career as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at York University.

To learn more, read the March 5 YFile story.

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