In Memory of Professor Jock Galloway

August 5, 2021 by Department of Geography & Planning

John (‘Jock’) Herbert Galloway passed away on July 27, 2021 in Tweed Ontario after a long fight with Alzheimer’s. 

Our friend and colleague Jock Galloway graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from McGill University in Montreal in 1960 and with a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961. Jock received his Doctorate from University College, London in 1965. Jock’s doctoral research, conducted under the supervision of Professor Clifford Darby, focussed on the historical geography of Pernambuco, in Northeastern Brazil, from 1770 to 1920. Jock was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, St. George in 1964, and then as an Assistant Professor in 1965. He was promoted to Associate- and Full-Professor ranks in 1970 and 1977, respectively. Jock retired from the University as a Professor Emeritus in 2005. During his many years at the U of T, Jock was a devoted and much loved and respected member of the Department of Geography & Planning and also as a Fellow of Victoria College.

Jock smiling.Jock’s research and publications focussed on the historical geography of Brazil and the Caribbean, ultimately coming to focus on the sugar cane industry from its origins to 1914. In 1989, Cambridge University Press published his research in a book, now considered a classic reference, which explored the global geographical diffusion of the sugar cane industry and its various branches. Jock started working on an update to this book earlier in his retirement.

Jock was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and the American Geographical Society, and a member, among others, of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) and the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. He also served as Associate, Acting and then Editor for the Canadian Geographer over the years 1966 to 1973. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Historical Geography from 1974 to 1978 and again from 1984 to 1994. He was the Review Editor for the Americas for the same journal from 1978 to 1983. From the late 1980s to the 2000s, Jock also served on editorial boards for other periodicals including Latin American Studies, and the Luso-Brazilian Review of the University of Wisconsin Press. Jock co-edited (with Professor Peter Blanchard of the Department of History) the World Sugar History Newsletter from 1994 to 2005. Over his long academic career, Jock published numerous articles and chapters, in addition to the Cambridge book, and delivered dozens of symposia papers and invited lectures. He also received several awards from his peers, including the Award for Scholarly Distinction from the CAG, and an Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Toronto.

Jock will be remembered as a wonderful colleague and dedicated teacher. He was in personal life a Renaissance man, urbane, witty, multi-lingual, culturally engaged, and a great cook. Since his retirement, colleagues and students have often reminisced about seeing Jock in the hallways of Sidney Smith Hall, always dressed impeccably, and very often rushing with maps rolled under his arms, on his way to give a lecture. Jock will be remembered as a scholar as well as consummate gentleman who was always supportive of his colleagues and students.