Passings: Theodore Olson


Former faculty member Theodore “Ted” Olson died at the age of 88 on Feb. 21.

Ordained as a minister in 1955, Olson served the First Baptist Church in Wisconsin as assistant minister, and later as minister of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in the state of New York.

Ted Olson

He later joined the faculty of York University as a professor of social sciences, and during that time published a book titled Millennialism, Utopianism, and Progress (University of Toronto Press, 1982), in addition to numerous articles.

He also served, for a time, as Chair of the University’s Academic Policy and Planning Committee (APPC) and was a visiting professor at Central Philippine University and adviser to the Central Philippine University Alumni Association.

His dedication to his faith was shown through his membership with the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church and Oak Ridges Presbytery.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lydia, and children: Johanna (Michael), Margrit Ann (Scott) and Ernst (Carrie). He was grandfather to Kate, William and Stephanie, brother to Terry (Joyce).