Murray G. Ross

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Murray G. Ross : biography

April 12, 1910 – July 20, 2000

Murray George Ross, (April 12, 1910 – July 20, 2000) was a Canadian sociologist, author, and academic administrator. He was the founding president of Toronto’s York University and served in that role from 1959 to 1970.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ross received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology from Acadia University in 1936. He received a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Toronto in 1938. He did post-graduate work in sociology at the University of Chicago in 1939 and in Social psychology from Columbia University in 1949. He received a LL.D. from the University of Toronto in 1971.


In 1979, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "in recognition of his innovative leadership in the field of higher education". He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1988. He was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal and the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal.

The Murray Ross Parkway, the Ross Building, and the Murray G. Ross Award at York University are named after him.