The Douglas D. Purvis Professorship

Douglas D. Purvis was a remarkable colleague and friend who died tragically in January of 1993 after an accident that occurred over the Christmas vacation. In Doug's memory, the Economics Department has established the Douglas Purvis Professorship in Economics. The first holder of this professorship, Gregor Smith, was appointed effective July, 2000.  Click here for some information about Doug's life.

One of the abiding interests of Doug Purvis was the application of economic analysis to important issues of public policy. Next to the department itself, his greatest professional commitment was to the John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy, or JDI. During those years, the JDI became one of the most important outlets for high-level public policy debate in Canada.

The purpose of the Purvis Professorship is to make it possible for Queen's to hire and/or retain an economist of the highest calibre who is committed to serious study of issues related to economic policy. The Professorship provides a (currently rather modest) salary supplement and may also provide funds to support research and graduate assistants. It honours Doug Purvis in a way that he would have appreciated, in view of his strong commitment to both the Queen's Economics Department and the application of economics to policy issues.

Although the University is no longer actively raising funds for the Purvis Professorship, the Economics Department continues to do so. The amount of money in the endowment fund is considerably less than what we need. In fact, it is about two thirds of the minimum amount currently required to establish a professorship at Queen's. Doug's friends and former students continue to contribute to the fund, and further gifts would be extremely welcome.


How to Contact Us

If you would like to contribute to the Purvis Professorship, or you would like to help us raise funds for this project, please do not hesitate to contact us. There are several ways to do so.

  • Juanita Dennie is the Department's Alumni Coordinator. Her number is 613 533-3122, and her e-mail address is
  • Huw Lloyd-Ellis is the Head of the Department. His phone number is 613 533-2253, and his e-mail address is
  • James MacKinnon is the Department's Fundraising Chair. His phone number is 613 533-2293, and his e-mail address is
  • Jo-Anne Mancini is the Executive Director, Development, Faculty of Arts and Science. Her phone number is 613 533-6000, ext. 75088, and her e-mail address is