New College mourns the passing of two cherished and respected members of its community: Our former principal, professor of physics and University of Toronto vice-president, Dr. Donald G. Ivey, and our longtime supporter and friend, Dr. Marion Woodman, a well-known author, analytical psychologist and women’s movement figure.
Don G. Ivey
The New College community with fondness remembers Dr. Donald G. Ivey, the college’s second principal and a former vice-president of the University of Toronto, who, after a long, active, and fulfilling life, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the age of 96.
A consummate teacher, avid tennis player, and witty storyteller, Don Ivey was a professor of physics from 1949 to 1992 and served as New College’s second principal for 11 years (1963–1974), taking the reins after Frank Wetmore’s untimely death just four months after the creation of New College. Under Don Ivey’s leadership, the college moved from its temporary residence home at 65 St. George Street to two permanent buildings of its own (Wetmore and Wilson Halls), increased its enrolment almost tenfold and grew into its own as an academic and socially engaged community.
While students, faculty and staff at the University of Toronto today most often associate his name with the New College library, he liked to joke that he was named after it, rather than the other way around, and that he believed his successors most appreciated about him his insistence that the Principal’s Office have a private washroom.
Believing the role of the teacher to be “the most important job there is,” Don Ivey left his mark beyond the classroom as well, most popularly, perhaps, as the original host of the televised general-science show The Nature of Things, which is now guided by David Suzuki. So impressed was one young high school student with the physics professor on TV, in fact, that many years later, in 2017, he successfully nominated an asteroid — 22415 HumeIvey — to be named in honour of Dr. Ivey and his longtime colleague, the late Dr. J. N. Patterson Hume.
While Don Ivey’s enthusiastic pursuit and sharing of scientific knowledge, as well as his lust for life, will be greatly missed in the world, we are proud to celebrate and carry on his legacy at New College. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time of loss.
To honour its longtime teacher and senior administrator, the University of Toronto flew the university flag at half-mast on all three campuses for the entirety of Thursday, July 5.
Internationally renowned as one of the world’s foremost analytical psychologists in the tradition of C. G. Jung’s archetypal theory, Dr. Woodman, who died peacefully on July 9, 2018, at the age of 89, was also a longtime supporter of New College.
A woman of both an indomitable spirit and a deep, kind generosity, Marion Woodman had more than 10 books to her credit, both in feminine psychology and poetry. She traveled and lectured extensively throughout the world, and together with her husband, the late Dr. Ross Woodman, in 1999 established an endowment at New College to support interdisciplinary courses in Jungian theory. Their endowment also created an annually awarded scholarship for students who demonstrate academic merit, financial need and a serious interest in the study of analytical psychology. The Woodmans’ generosity will continue to be a vital source of support for students at New College.
We extend our deep condolences to the family and friends of Marion Woodman during this time of loss.
Donations in Memory of the Deceased
If you would like to make a donation in Don Ivey’s name, the Donald G. Ivey Scholarship in Physics, administered at New College, is open for online contributions. Donations may also be made to New College’s Marion and Ross Woodman Award, created to support undergraduate Jungian scholars. Please contact Alison Liddell for further information.