James Sutherland Thomson

James Sutherland Thomson
President of the University of Saskatchewan
In office
Preceded by Walter Charles Murray
Succeeded by Walter P. Thompson
Moderator of the United Church of Canada
In office
Preceded by George Dorey
Succeeded by Angus J. MacQueen
Personal details
Born (1892-04-30)April 30, 1892
Stirling, Scotland
Died November 18, 1972(1972-11-18) (aged 80)
Montreal, Quebec

James Sutherland Thomson (April 30, 1892 – November 18, 1972) was a Canadian academic, President of the University of Saskatchewan, and Moderator of the United Church of Canada.


Born in Stirling, Scotland, he was educated at the University of Glasgow. He studied theology at Trinity College, Glasgow and was ordained into the Church of Scotland in 1920. In 1930, he was appointed professor of systematic theology and philosophy of religion at Pine Hill Divinity Hall (now part of the Atlantic School of Theology) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From 1937 to 1949, he was the second President of the University of Saskatchewan. During World War II, he was general manager of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1942 to 1943.

In 1949, he became Dean of the Faculty of Divinity and professor of the philosophy of religion at McGill University. From 1956 to 1958, he was Moderator of the United Church of Canada.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1942.


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