OBITUARY

Ronald John Burke

October 22, 1937March 19, 2019
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Ronald John Burke, PhD, died peacefully on March 19, 2019, in Toronto, at the age of 81. Ron was born on October 22, 1937, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba and obtained an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Ron made Toronto his home for the last 50 years; it was a city he loved for its culture, restaurants, theatre, and ambiance. On weekends he could be seen poking around book stores and dining in restaurants in his Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood.

Teaching was his passion and vocation and brought Ron to Toronto as a professor at the Schulich School of Business (then the newly established Faculty of Administrative Studies) at York University. Over 40 years of teaching, Ron touched the lives of countless students in his organizational behaviour courses as well as numerous doctoral candidates whom he mentored. An outstanding teacher, Ron was frequently nominated for MBA teaching awards, and students remarked on his engaging and impactful lectures and courses.

Outside the classroom, Ron was one of Canada’s most prolific researchers. Focusing on the relationship between the work environment and the individual’s overall wellbeing, Ron was at the forefront of fundamental research fields such as workplace stress and women in management. He wrote articles for numerous academic and professional journals and was the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. Ron was on the editorial board of a dozen journalists nals and reviewed manuscripts for a dozen more journals. He participated in countless research conferences globally and was a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. Ron edited or co-edited over 50 books and at the time of his passing had three more in the works.

Ron is survived by his three children, Sharon, Rachel, and Jeff. Above all else, they and their friends and partners were his greatest source of pride. Sharon, Rachel, and Jeff dearly miss their dad.

In keeping with Ron’s wishes, there will be no public service or funeral arrangements.

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Michael F.

May 20, 2019

Enjoying 16 wonderful years with Ron’s daughter Rachel in the 90s and 00s, I am thankful for many memorable celebrations and trips with the Burkes. And I am thankful to have met up with Ron again when I visited Toronto with my son in 2017. The man with the wide smile under the beard burned for his research and for his children. Getting down to work at the crack of dawn, Ron always found time for the people and activities he loved. An inspiration that success comes from passion and discipline, I admired Ron the most for his wit and edgy humor that lives on with his children. In his heart Ron was a Hippie. Visiting us in Berlin in hot July of 1995, we thought we were cool students, taking Ron to the Love Parade (then the largest dance music parade). In his easy-going mood and with a straight face over breakfast he proposed “let’s go and dance naked”. My lesson learned is to do it; there is no second chance for a great memory. I am sure Ron, wherever you are now, everyone will laugh and dance as they like. Thank you for the great times we were able to spend together. You will be missed and live on in our memories. My heartfelt condolences to Pat, Sharon, Rachel and Jeff.

Tammy Irwin

April 5, 2019

Jeff, Rachel and Sharon

Your father was a wonderful person, I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I am honored to have known your father he was insightful, had so much energy and was delight to talk to. I will miss his daily pop down to Office Services to see if his package or parcel has arrived.
Ron will be truly missed at the Schulich School of Business. My condolences.

Tammy Irwin


Maureen Dollard

April 1, 2019

Professor Ronald Burke
We are so very sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Ron was a central figure in the world of occupational health knowledge development. He was always concerned to provide opportunities to emerging researchers from all parts of the globe. We valued his critical appraisal of scholarship arising from the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety, and support for colleagues within the centre. Such a legacy to be proud of, Vale Ron
Prof Maureen Dollard and colleagues
Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
University of South Australia

James (Jim) Tiessen

April 1, 2019

In the early 1990’s, when I was studying for my PhD at Schulich, Ron spoke to us about making academic presentations at conferences. He said we should focus on a study’s methods and findings, not the background and literature review. He was right. I often remember Ron when I see people talk about their work, wishing they would do as Ron advised. He was a terrific teacher and scholar. We were lucky to learn from him. My sincere condolences to his family.

Mitch Rothstein

April 1, 2019

Dear Rachel,

I have just learned of Ron's passing. I am deeply saddened and will miss him greatly. I knew Ron for over 40 years. He was a mentor, colleague, and friend. There is a whole cohort of organizational psychologists in Canada that benefited from Ron's mentoring and friendship. Working with Ron was an absolute pleasure. We co-authored several articles and co-edited a book over the years - what a joy he was to work with; always positive, constructive, collaborative. We often shared stories of Winnipeg where we both grew up, and of course the political silliness that occurs in business schools was a common topic that kept us both amused. Ron's work ethic was simply awesome - he is a role model for our entire field. I will always remember Ron's kindness, insight, sense of humor, and friendship. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Your Dad was a real gem.

Robert Sexty

March 30, 2019

As Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC) president in the early 1980s, I negotiated with Ron to become the first editor of Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences (CJAS). Establishing a general topic journal was not easy, and being the editor was going to be challenging. I mentioned to Ron that ASAC`s creditability was at stake with the journal, and he replied not to worry that his reputation was at stake! Luckily for us, Ron succeeded and CJAS still exists today. Thanks for this, and for all your other contributions to the academy.

Robert Sexty
Professor Emeritus
Memorial University

Silvia Pignata

March 28, 2019

Jeff, Rachel and Sharon,

Please accept my deepest condolences. I had the absolute pleasure of working with Ron on our handbook over the last 18 months, he truly was a wonderful and inspirational man. He will be missed.

My thoughts are with you.

Silvia

Paul Fairlie

March 28, 2019

My condolences to Ron's family. I was surprised to learn about his passing only today. Ron was on my PhD dissertation committee, and I also had pleasure of writing chapters for his academic handbooks. He was always personable, and seemed like a sweet person. Whereas many academics are pretentious, Ron was always an accessible, down to earth person.

Tracey Linstead

March 27, 2019

Rachel and family, so sorry to hear about your dad. I really enjoyed working with him - he was a great person and we shared many laughs together. My condolences.

Irene Henriques

March 26, 2019

Dear Burke family,
Ron was a wonderful colleague and mentor. Research and teaching were his passions. He will be missed.

My sincere condolences,
Irene Henriques

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