Former Osgoode colleagues and students of Warren Grover were saddened by the news of his passing, on March 30, 2022. Warren was a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A. Sc, LL.B.) and the University of California at Berkeley (LL.M.). He was a full-time member of the Osgoode faculty from 1969 to 1977 and was much admired by his colleagues and students alike. He also taught courses on Corporations Law and Corporate Finance on a part-time basis for several years after leaving Osgoode to become a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto.
We first knew Warren when we were newly minted academics at Osgoode Hall Law School in the early 1970’s. Warren seemed “senior” to us although he must have been merely in his late 30’s at the time (very young indeed). In terms of knowledge of business and business law, he was, in fact, very senior, not to say “dazzling” — and in all aspects of business law: corporations, securities regulation and competition law, the last where he made his biggest mark ultimately as a practitioner when he left academe for private practice at Blakes.
Warren was extremely helpful and always had time to assist relative ignoramuses like us when there was absolutely nothing in it for him. Most of all, he was uniformly cheerful in his demeanor, though by no means always optimistic in outlook. His cheerfulness, great sense of humour and blunt way of expressing himself made any interaction with him always a positive experience, especially for someone younger and way less accomplished.
Warren seemed to know just about everybody, perhaps an attribute not to be so much wondered about since knowing Warren would have been a source of great pleasure and knowledge for anyone who made his acquaintance.
Warren joined the faculty at a time when it was making the transition to becoming the faculty of law at York University. Apart from his contributions to life at Osgoode, Warren quickly became engaged in university-wide matters. Indeed, in the early 1970’s, he was selected to a three-person committee that ran York University for a period after its then-president unexpectedly resigned. We also understand, not from him, that perhaps more than anyone else he was responsible for moving the York University pension system to outside professional management, to the great benefit of the university’s retirees, then and now.
Altogether, Warren was an extremely fine and accomplished gentleman, with a life well-lived because he made a real contribution to the lives of others, like us.
Mark Q. Connelly
John D. McCamus