York Professor Emeritus Rudolph (Rudy) Grant, a specialist in African political economy, died on Monday, June 14, at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He was 79.
One of several Guyanese faculty at York University, Prof. Grant played an important role in fostering links between Guyana and the University. In 1996, Prof. Grant was one of several faculty members to host Guyanese President Cheddi Jagan during his official visit to Canada.
Prof. Grant was cross appointed to the Departments of Political Science and Social Science. He taught in both areas for more than 30 years. He was also affiliated with York's Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean. Dedicated to his students, Prof. Grant was described as an inspiring mentor and friend.
He leaves behind his wife Gwen and three children, their spouses and six grandchildren. Visitation will take place today at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave. E., from 2 to 4pm and from 7 to 9pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 12pm at St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Church, 3333 Finch Ave. E. Interment is at Highland Memory Gardens, 33 Memory Gardens Lane.