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"LOA" 2007 Obituary


LO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-11 published
BUTTRICK, John Arthur
John Arthur BUTTRICK, Professor of Economics, died in an auto accident on Gabriola Island, British Columbia on July 15, 2007. He was 87 years old. John BUTTRICK was born September 12, 1919 in Rutland, Vermont, first son of George and Agnes GARDNER) BUTTRICK. He grew up in New York City, where his father was a Presbyterian minister and taught at the Union Theological Seminary. John graduated from the Collegiate School in New York and received his B. Sc. in economics from Haverford College (1941), and his M.A. (1947) and PhD (1950) in economics from Yale University. John began teaching economics at Northwestern University (1949-53), and became Professor in the Economics Dept. at the University of Minnesota (1953-73), where he served as Department Chair (1961-63) and headed the Minnesota-Universidad de los Andes Project (1965-66). From 1967-69 he served as Director of Graduate Studies. In 1970, he joined the Economics Department at York University in Toronto, where he directed the Graduate Program in Economics (1979-83). In 1986-89 and 1992 he was Coordinator of York's Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1989, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He held visiting professorships at the following universities: Stanford, Vanderbilt, University of California Berkeley, Harvard, the Universities of Tokyo and Singapore, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), University of Toronto, Huazhong University of Science and Tech and People's University (China), North-South University (Bangladesh), and University of the West Indies and the University of Technology (Jamaica). Throughout his career, John's research interests reflected his political and social engagement, ranging from development issues to education, discrimination, and economic inequities. He coauthored the books Economic Development (with H.F. Williamson), 1954 (Spanish and Japanese editions, 1958); Theories of Economic Growth (with B.F. Hoselitz et al), 1960 (Spanish edition, 1964) and Producer, Consumer, and Social Choice (with O.H. Brownlee), 1968. Some of his journal articles included: Who Goes to University from Toronto (1977), Educational Problems and Some Policy Options (1977), Two Views of Aid and Development (1979), and Economic Discrimination in Toronto (1987). John was a member of Canadian and American Economic Associations, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Planning Advisory Committee of the City of Toronto. In retirement, he was consultant to the Jamaican Ministry of Finance, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. As well, John helped advise President Cheddi Jagan's government of Guyana on university education. John is survived by his first wife Doctor Shirley (MILLER) BUTTRICK of Washington, D.C., and his second wife, Ann (TATLOW;) by children Dr. Peter BUTTRICK (Anne WATTENBERG) of Denver, Colorado; Hilary BUTTRICK (Dr. Ted LO) of Toronto, and Michael BUTTRICK of Tokyo. His three grandchildren are Nicholas and Alice BUTTRICK, both at Yale University, and Nina BUTTRICK in Japan. He has two living brothers, Rev. G. Robert BUTTRICK of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Prof. David BUTTRICK of Nashville, Tennessee. John was a Conscientious Objector during World War 2. He was posted to the Forestry Department as a wildfire fighter and Ski Patrol member. He held memberships in the American Civil Liberties Union and the Canadian Civil Liberties Union, Jamaicans for Justice, the Minnesota Democratic-FarmerLabour Party, Science for Peace, and the New Democratic Party of Canada. John reached beyond himself with an easy grace, and lived a life of committed usefulness to others near at hand and all over the world. A memorial gathering will be held at Friends' (Quaker) Meeting House (60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
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