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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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The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is redesign­ing busi­ness edu­ca­tion for the 21st cen­tu­ry with a cur­ricu­lum based on Inte­gra­tive Think­ing. Locat­ed in the world’s most diverse city, the Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables the design of cre­ative busi­ness solu­tions. The School is cur­rent­ly rais­ing $200 mil­lion to ensure Cana­da has the world-class busi­ness school it deserves. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it<>


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