The Western University community joined others across Canada and around the world today in mourning the passing of Canadian businessman, philanthropist and Western’s Chancellor Joseph L. Rotman.
Earning his BA from Western in 1957, Rotman was a long-time supporter of the University. In 1999, he established the Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, to enhance the research and training capacities in the origins and nature of scientific theory and the impact of scientific theories on society.
“Mr. Rotman stood among a small group of great Canadians who contributed in many extraordinary ways to the betterment of our country,” said Western’s President and Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma. “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 and higher education in Canada.”
In 2008, his $4 million donation established the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, an internationally recognized forum in which philosophers and other humanists engage scientists on problems of global relevance, and to address issues faced by society.
In 2009, he was presented an honorary degree from Western. The Rotman Institute of Philosophy – Engaging Science, based within Western’s internationally-ranked Department of Philosophy, is named in his honour. In 2012, he was named the university’s 21st chancellor.
“Mr. Rotman’s legacy across Canada is monumental and his legacy at Western has been transformational,” said Chakma.
To learn more about Joseph Rotman’s legacy at Western, visit the Rotman Legacy website.
The funeral service for Joseph Rotman will be held on Friday, January 30 at 1:30p.m. at the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Please check the Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel website for more details.