Prof. Myron Gordon was an economist, a long-time member of faculty at the Rotman School of business at the U of T, and a founding member of the Progressive Economics Forum. Sadly he passed away in Toronto on July 5 of this year.
My Gordon was very influential with me, and I know with many other independent-minded economists in Canada. In 1998 he helped us found a network of economists determined to broaden the bounds of acceptable debate (which became the Progressive Economics Forum). He attended many of our sessions, presented several papers, and always challenged us to be both policy-relevant and rigorous. His work on electricity markets was especially influential with many of us in the trade union movement; we tapped his expertise in this subject several times in our long fight against energy deregulation and privatization. He also wrote extensively on pharmaceutical policy and financial market structures. He gave me important advice and comments on my first book (Paper Boom, 1999).
Like many left economists in Canada, I am personally and professionally indebted to My for his dedication, professionalism, and mentorship. There will be a memorial service for him at the Rotman School on Sept. 11, 1:30 pm, on the 3rd Floor (105 St. George St.). To attend this event, please RSVP either online at http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/sept11 or by calling Jennifer Hildebrandt at 416-946-7462. In lieu of flowers his family has suggested a donation (fittingly) to Doctors Without Borders. Thank you, Myron, for your contributions to critical economics!
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