Simon Fraser University

Ellen Gee

Nov 14, 2002 , vol. 25, no. 6

Ellen Gee, a renowned SFU sociologist and chair of the department of sociology and of the program in Latin American studies, died suddenly Nov. 3.

Gee, 52, was an authority on Canadian demography, the sociology of aging and the sociology of the family, with over 100 scholarly publications in these subjects.

She was one of a team of 17 Canadian social scientists awarded a major Social Sciences and Humanities Research (SSHRC) grant for a five year study on changing inequality in Canada.

She was also the principal investigator on SSHRC-funded research on culture and co-residence and co-investigator on SSHRC-funded research into aboriginal victimization.

As well, she served as editor, or on the editorial boards of several academic publications.

“Ellen was the heart of the department of sociology and anthropology, which she chaired for more than six years,” says Roger Blackman, acting dean of arts. “She also left an indelible stamp on the dean of arts office, where she served as associate dean for four years. Her loss is deeply felt in our First Nations programs and in gerontology, just two of many areas where her ongoing involvement made a real difference. Ellen meant a lot to a lot of people.”

Gee is survived by her husband Gordon, her daughter Adrienne and her mother Margaret Thomas.

The family requests that any donations be made to the Ellen Gee scholarship for excellence fund c/o Simon Fraser University, department of sociology and anthropology.