Remembering My Gordon
Prof.Â Myron Gordon was an economist, aÂ 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.Â Sadly he passed away in Toronto on July 5 of this year.
My GordonÂ was very influential with me, and I know with many other independent-minded economists in Canada. Â In 1998 he helped us found a network of economists determined to broaden the bounds of acceptable debate (which became the Progressive Economics Forum). Â He attended many of our sessions, presented several papers, and always challenged us to be both policy-relevant and rigorous. Â 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. Â He also wrote extensively on pharmaceutical policy and financial market structures.Â 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.Â 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.).Â To attend this event, please RSVP either online at http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/sept11Â or by calling Jennifer Hildebrandt at 416-946-7462.Â In lieu of flowers his family has suggested a donation (fittingly) to Doctors Without Borders.Â Thank you, Myron, for your contributions to critical economics!