Past College Masters

The  role of the College Master is  to enhance the quality of the intellectual, recreational, social and cultural life of all members of the college community, especially students.

As the first College established at York in 1965, Founders College, thanks in great part to the leadership of its Masters, has led the way in creating a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff centered on academic excellence, social justice and the pursuit of knowledge.

This page is an acknowledgement to their leadership and many contributions to Founders College.


Dr. John J. Conway

Founders' First Master
1965-1970

Dr. John J. Conway graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1935 and from Vancouver Law School in 1939. He went on to practice law in Vancouver before the Second World War. In 1946 he received his Master’s in history from Harvard and later achieved his PhD in 1951. Dr. Conway held numerous teaching and administrative positions at Harvard University from 1945-1963. He specialized in “the geopolitical forces that shape political cultures”.  Subsequently he taught at York University and became the first Master of Founders College. Dr. Conway held the position of Master from 1965-1970.

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Dr. Hugh Parry
1970-1976

Dr. Hugh Parry, retired, secured his BA at Cambridge University, a diploma of education at Bristol University, and a Classics teaching assistantship leading to a Ph.D at the University of  California, Berkley before becoming a professor of Classics at York University.  During his time at York, Dr. Parry launched the Classics program within the Division of Humanities, was (and still is) a Fellow of Founders College and served as the College's second Master from 1970 to 1976.  During his time as Master, Dr. Parry strove to make Founders students feel at home at the College.

Dr. Parry's publications include three books:  The Lyric Poems of Greek Tragedy; Magic in Greek Myth and Literature; and Visions of Enchantment: Magic: Essays on Magic in Fiction. In addition,  he has written a variety of articles and reviews in Phoenix, a Canadian classics magazine.

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Dr. C. Edward Rathé
1976-1985

Dr. Charles Edward Rathé, now retired, received his doctorate in 1960 from Syracuse.  In 1969, he accepted an appointment at York University to chair the Department of French Language and Literature, a position he held from 1969 to 1976. A Fellow of Founders from the time of his appointment to York, Dr. Rathé became the College's third Master in 1976, a position he held until 1985.

Dr. Rathé has lectured and written articles on Sixteenth Century French writers and has taught courses on Quebecois and African writers.  Dr. Rathé has also worked as a volunteer in many areas, including:   Alliance Francaise, Ontario Correctional Institute, Saint Vincent de Paul Society and Canadian Modern Language Review.

Arthur Haberman
1985-1990

Dr. Arthur Haberman is currently an Emeritus Professor at York University. He was a member of the departments of History and Humanities. He published various works on European History, Cultural Studies and Art History. He is a previous OCUFA (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association) award winner and a winner of the York University Teaching award in 1995. Outside of the University setting, his participation as a faculty member in the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Sciences has made him an internationally recognized teacher.

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Dr. David Trotman
1990-1996

Dr. David Trotman is a renowned scholar in Caribbean History at York University. He is a member of the Casablanca Steel Orchestra and worked as a Community Development Officer in Trinidad & Tobago. He has been involved in the judging and training of judges for the Ontario Association of Calypso Performers as well as trained judges for the Caribbean Cultural Committee (Caribana). He has previous involvement in the Toronto Black Education Project and has written research reports on youth tensions in Toronto for the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  During his time at York University, Dr. Trotman has served as Founders College Master from 1990-1996.

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Patricia Stamp
1996-2001

Dr. Patricia Stamp is a retired professor from the Division of Social Science at York University. Having grown up in Africa, her research interests included: gender relations in Africa, with a focus on Kenyan women’s age grade associations, discourses of motherhood, and political leadership. Her retirement activities include the promoting of craft contracts with Kenyan women, consultancy, lecturing, anthropological photography and photo art. Dr. Stamp is currently a member of the North York Visual Artists’ Group (NYVA) and the Scarborough Arts Group, where she has exhibited some of her work. In 2013 she joined the Toronto Heliconian Club, which is an organization for “Women in the arts and letters”, where she has shown her work in a number of exhibitions. Dr. Patricia Stamp acted as Master of Founders College from 1996-2001.

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Dr. Margo S. Gewurtz
2001-2006

Dr. Margo S. Gewurtz, now retired, is a Professor Emerita and Senior Scholar in the Department of Humanities.  During her career, Dr. Gewurtz held several administrative roles, including: Associate Director of the Toronto-York Joint Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Chair of the Division of Humanities and Vice-Chair of Senate.  Dr. Gewurtz has also published numerous essays on Canadian China Missionaries and their Chinese coworkers. Between 2012 and 2017, Dr. Gewurtz guest edited 3 issues of the journal Social Sciences and Missions/Sciences sociales et missions.  Dr. Margo S. Gewurtz acted as Founders College Master from 2001-2006.

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Dr. Mauro Buccheri
2006-2017

Dr. Mauro Buccheri holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in modern and contemporary Italian literature. Subsequently he joined York University in 1982 as a professor in the Italian Studies Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics. He has served four terms as the coordinator of the Italian Program and has also served on various departmental committees and organized numerous international conferences and lecture series. Dr. Buccheri acted as Master of Founders College from 2006-2016 where he founded the “In Defense of the Liberal Arts Lecture Series”.  This lecture series aims to address the marginalization of the liberal arts in postsecondary education.

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