Past MUN president Dr. Arthur May dies

Published on January 30, 2014
Dr. Arthur May. — Photo courtesy of Memorial University.

Past MUN president, Dr. Arthur May, has died.
May served as Memorial University’s president and vice-chancellor from 1990-99.

He was born in St. John’s in 1937 and received both a B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. from MUN. He completed a PhD at McGill University in marine sciences.

He turned his education into a professional career that included work as a fisheries scientist, a fisheries manager and an international negotiator. May served as DFO deputy minister from 1982-85 and president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada from 1986-90.

May was named Memorial's Alumnus of the Year in 1983, received an honorary degree from Memorial in 1989, and was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.

During his tenure as president, MUN experienced significant growth in graduate student enrolment. There was also impressive expansion of the then Grenfell College which started offering multiple full degree programs. Under May’s watch, the Marine Institute joined the university.

Beyond his presidency, he continued working with the university by helping to organize many alumni events, including the largest reunion of former students — the Memorial on Parade held in 2012.

Along with his wife Sonia, May sponsored an annual scholarship at Memorial for students taking a semester for credit outside of Canada.