Dennis William Magill

June 9, 1939November 25, 2018

Dennis William Magill PH.D. Professor Emeritus University of Toronto (June 1939 - Nov 2018) predeceased by his parents James and Alberta Magill and survived and lovingly remembered by his sister Elvera Clark (Terry), nephew Jim Clark, and niece Bonnie Joynt (Bryn, Alyssa, Kylan). Dennis was the past Director of the Department of Sociology undergraduate program and University College’s health studies program. He served on many boards: Toronto Historical Board, Sherbourne Health Centre, Rekai Centre for Long Term Care, Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, Community Campus Partnerships for Health, and Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. Dennis was Vice Chair of the Wellesley Hospital Board of Directors for many years. He was a founding member of the Wellesley Institute and founding Chair of the Tony Di Pede Residence (Wellesley Central Residence Inc). In recognition of his contribution to the community, Toronto City Council designated the park located on the site of the former Wellesley Hospital as the “Wellesley-Magill Park”. A celebration of life will take place on Friday, November 30th from 5 - 7pm at The Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks St. Toronto. Memorial donations can be made to established scholarships in Dennis’ name at University of Toronto or Acadia University.


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, November 30, 2018


Dennis William Magill

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December 1, 2018

RIP Dennis will be missed...i remember all your great July 1st BBQ....and all the great times we had in Puerto Vallarta...Ross and I have very good memories of our times together you will be missed by a lot of people..My condolences to all your family...huggs my friend... we will all be together again Paul and Ross

Bill Magee

November 30, 2018

It was a beautiful commemoration for Dennis at the faculty club tonight. A fitting tribute.

As a new faculty member in sociology about 20 years ago I went through a period of difficulties, and Dennis was probably the most supportive influence in my life at that time, even though we only had brief interactions. I will remember him for that.