April 28, 2017

Peter George, former President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University and former Advisor to the Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette Academic Advisory Council, passed away on April 27, 2017.

George has left a lasting impact on the academic leadership in Canada.

During his three terms as President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, he oversaw a period of major growth that enhanced the size, reach and reputation of the University.

“He’s a person who’s influenced us all in his leadership for higher education,” said David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and former president of the University of Waterloo,

McMaster’s longest serving president, George is credited with cultivating relationships with community leaders that supported the tremendous success of the Changing Tomorrow Today campaign and the Campaign for MacMaster University, raising more than $600 million for the university. These efforts played a significant role in funding the construction of the David Braley Athletic Centre, Ron Joyce Stadium, The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, the Engineering Technology Building, the Ron Joyce Centre, the McMaster Health Campus and LR Wilson Hall.

George also served as president of the Council of Ontario Universities, and was named to the Order of Canada (1999) and the Order of Ontario (2007)

As he put it in a statement he delivered before his retirement in 2010, “I gave my life to education because there is nothing better than bearing witness to the opening of the human mind and spirit.”

In celebration of his life, a Service of Remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Therese Quigley Sport Hall, David Braley Athletic Centre, McMaster University. Full details can be found on the McMaster website.