Thoughts about Ellen Gee 1950-2002

Professor Ellen M. Gee, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University passed away at the age of 52 on November 3, 2002. Ellen was a Past Vice-President of the Canadian Population Society, and a past CPS Councilor. A tireless contributor to the CPS, she devoted much of her valued time and professional talents to help and promote our Association. We are all very grateful for that.

Ellen was a prolific and influential social scientist, having contributed over 150 publications spanning such diverse areas as family sociology, population studies, gender relations, aging, theory development, religious studies, and medical sociology. Clearly reflected in Ellen’s publications is a keen sociological imagination and a critical perspective towards important social demographic issues. Ellen Gee has left a lasting legacy through her work and teachings. Her receipt of the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association was a fitting tribute to this fine scholar. It has been a privilege and an honour to know Ellen.

Dr. Gee is survived by her loving husband Gordon, daughter Adrienne, and Margaret, Ellen’s mother. Our deepest condolences go out to them.