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Rotman School to host memorial for Myron Gordon

September 8, 2010

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management will hold a memorial for Myron J. Gordon, a professor who had a long and distinguished academic career in finance and economics on September 11, 2010. A brief memorial service will begin at 2:00pm, followed by a reception until 4:00pm. The memorial will take place in the CIBC Room, 3rd Floor, at the Rotman School, 105 St. George Street, Toronto.

Professor Emeritus Paul Halpern of the Rotman School will provide opening remarks and act as service host. Prof. Gordon’s son, David Gordon will speak on behalf of the Gordon family. There will also be remarks by former colleagues, friends, and students.

Prof. Gordon was born October 15, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY and died peacefully on July 5, 2010 at home in Summit, NJ.

During his lengthy academic career, he wrote more than one hundred books and articles on topics including: the cost of capital and valuation of corporations; the regulation of public utilities; growth and security under welfare capitalism; and economic development in China. He was known especially for the Gordon Growth Model, first published in 1959, and still used extensively by financial professionals in the valuation of common stock.

He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1941, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1952. He held faculty appointments at Carnegie Mellon University (1947-1952), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1952-1962), and the University of Rochester (1962-1970).

In 1970, Prof. Gordon came to the University of Toronto. He contributed significantly to the School’s development through his teaching, his mentoring, and his research. In 1985 he became a Professor Emeritus.

In addition, he was President of the American Finance Association (1975-1976), and Associate Editor for the Journal of Finance, Financial Management, the Journal of Banking & Finance, and the Journal of Economics & Business.  He was a Ford Foundation Faculty Fellow in 1963, a Connaught Faculty Fellow in 1982, and elected as a Fellow the Royal Society of Canada in 1993.

He received honorary Doctorates from McMaster University in 1993 and the University of Toronto in 2005.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Prof. Gordon was a tireless campaigner throughout his adult life for progressive causes, including civil rights, social justice, and world peace.

He gave generously of both his time and money, and through his passionate involvement he inspired others to do the same. He also served during WW II as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Prof. Gordon has many friends and admirers at the Rotman School, and many more across Canada and around the world. He will be remembered for his towering scholarly achievements, his gregarious personality, and his concern for humanity.

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