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A philanthropist's legacy

April 7, 2015

A philanthropist's legacy
In January 2015, Western lost a wonderful friend and generous supporter, Joseph L. Rotman, O.C., BA’57, LLD’09.

In January, Western lost a wonderful friend and a generous supporter of more than half a century. Joseph L. Rotman, Western’s Chancellor and a visionary Canadian philanthropist, passed away at the age of 80.

Mr. Rotman stood among a small group of great Canadians who contributed in many extraordinary ways to the betterment of our country. He was one of those rare leaders who dedicated much of his time, business acumen and personal wealth toward a wide range of philanthropic endeavours that had transformative effects on the arts, health care, education, philosophy and science innovation.

He became part of the Western community since his arrival as a student in the 1950s. He graduated in 1957 with a BA in Philosophy – a degree he frequently credited for shaping his success. In 2009, Western conferred upon him an honorary degree. In 2012, he was named our 21st chancellor.

Through his support, Western created the Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science. In 2008, his $4-million donation established the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, our internationally recognized forum for philosophers and scientists.

His legacy across Canada is monumental and his legacy at Western has been transformational.

Through Impact Western, we recognize philanthropists, like you, who leave a lasting legacy at Western for future generations.

In this issue, you will learn of incredible support from The Joyce Foundation that gives high school students facing adversity the opportunity to pursue postsecondary education. You will read about funding that has allowed Western’s Community Legal Services to reestablish its family law practice, which provides representation for low income clients. You will also learn of a gift from the Davey family to establish an Ontario Graduate Scholarship award in honour of Western researcher Megan J. Davey, who passed away too young, at the peak of her career.

Through your gifts, Western continues to provide an extraordinary learning experience for our students. Thank you for leaving your legacy at Western.

Amit Chakma
President & Vice-Chancellor
Western University

This article appeared in the Spring 2015 edition of Impact Western
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