Ronald MacLeod was a retired Director General of the Pacific and Freshwater Fisheries and an Officer of the Order of Canada. His father and mother were Gaelic-speaking émigrés from the Island of Raasay, Scotland. He was one of the community founders of the Centre for Scottish Studies and, in 2000, received the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award for service to SFU.
Ian Ross was an extremely accomplished scholar and founder of the international Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society. His major work was a biography of Adam Smith that was published by Oxford University Press (2nd ed., 2010). He was also a gifted teacher, a kind and generous colleague, and an inspiration to those who knew him.