Flags at half mast in memory of Arthur Newcombe Bourns

McMaster University’s flags are lowered to half mast in memory of Arthur Newcombe Bourns, who sadly passed away on May 29, 2015.

Arthur was a true friend and champion of McMaster and will be much missed by our community.

President Emeritus Bourns had a long and distinguished career at McMaster. He taught at the University for 35 years and was an inspiring teacher and researcher. He was known internationally for his many contributions to physical organic chemistry as well as for providing leadership within the department that would develop into a top Canadian school.

He was appointed full Professor in 1953 and served as Chairman of Chemistry before being appointed Dean of Graduate Studies and subsequently Vice-President, Science and Engineering.

In 1964, Dr. Bourns was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

In 1972, Dr. Bourns became McMaster’s third President and Vice-Chancellor, a position that he held until 1980. In this role he demonstrated exceptional administrative capabilities, provided impressive leadership for McMaster and left a lasting and positive impact on our University.

A remembrance service and celebration of Arthur’s life will be held in the McMaster Divinity College Chapel on

Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception at McMaster’s University Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to McMaster University or a charity of your choice.