Professor W. Donald Wood (M.A. 1953) taught at Queen's from 1960 to 1985 and was the first Director of the School of Industrial Relations.
After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Dr. Wood studied economics at McMaster and Queen's Universities and then at Princeton University where he completed a Ph.D. thesis on white-collar unionism. He subsequently gained practical experience as Director of Employee Relations Research at Imperial Oil for five years.
Dr. Wood came to Queen's University as a professor of economics and served as Director of the Queen's Industrial Relations Centre from 1960 to 1985. He pioneered a continuing education program for human resources managers on employee-employer relationships. He helped shape public policy through his research and publications program and his participation on many federal and provincial task forces.
As Founding Director of the School of Industrial Relations at Queen's University from 1983 to 1985, he created and guided the early development of the new multi-disciplinary Master of Industrial Relations program which continues as one of Canada's most respected programs in this field. Dr. Wood was well-known and much appreciated for his work in bringing together academics and practitioners and closing the gap between the academic world and the professional practice of industrial relations (IR). Following his retirement in 1985, Dr. Wood ran the IRC's Continuing Education Program for five years and led training seminars well into the 1990s. His talent for bringing together leading authorities from industry, unions, government, universities, and consulting firms enriched the education of IR students across Canada and internationally. It continues to inspire those involved in IR education and research today. Don was a fine scholar and an exceptional colleague. He died in June 2003 in his 84th year.
Dr. Wood is commemorated in the annual Don Wood Lecture Series and in the Don Wood Undergraduate Scholarships in Economics. Established in April 2006 by Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge, B.A.(Hons.) 1965, LL.D. 2002 and Christiane Dodge, B.A.(Hons.) 1965, these are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to one or more full-time students entering the second, third, or fourth year of a B.A.(Hons.) program with a Major in Economics, a Major in Applied Economics, or a Medial in Economics.