University of Toronto Press is saddened to report that award-winning author John T. Saywell passed away at the age of 83 on April 20th, 2011.
Our longstanding relationship with Dr. Saywell began with his 1957 book, The Office of Lieutenant-Governor: A Study in Canadian Government and Politics. More recently, we published his 2002 study, The Lawmakers: Judicial Power and the Shaping of Canadian Federalism, which won the John W. Dafoe Prize for distinguished writing on Canada and/or Canada's place in the world. When York conferred on him its inaugural University Professorship in 1980 for both service and scholarly achievement, the citation ended by saying The Faculty of Arts, and to a great extent, York University, remains 'the house that Jack built.' Saywell’s last book with us was his 2008 study of this house, Someone To Teach Them: York and the Great University Explosion: 1960-1973.
We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Beyond his tremendous impact on generations of scholars and thinkers, Dr. Saywell made a significant contribution to the public life of Canada as a broadcaster and consultant. You can read a detailed obituary at The Toronto Star.