York mourns the loss of Professor Peggy Ng


The York University community mourns the loss of longtime professor Peggy Ng. Professor Ng died on Saturday, May 4, after a long illness. She was 64.

An accomplished statistician, Professor Ng first joined the department of Mathematics and Statistics at York University in 1996. She later joined the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, where she taught in the School of Administrative Studies, as professor of Applied Statistics and Decision Sciences. She served with dedication as director of the school from July 2011 until October 2015.

Professor Ng was devoted to increasing public awareness of the value of statistics and statistical thinking. She was past president of the Southern Regional Association of the prestigious Statistical Society of Canada, a forum for the exchange of ideas, methodologies and practices between those in the field.

She received her PhD in Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics from University of Toronto in 1990. After joining York, she continued her research on biostatistics, experimental design, and psychometrics and their applications in health sciences. 

Professor Ng leaves behind a rich legacy of research in the areas of patient safety and modelling of health statistics, in addition to countless papers on qualitative inquiries concerning environmental health, and quality of life in oncology.

She will be deeply missed by faculty, staff, and students.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Highland Funeral Home, Markham Chapel at 10 Cachet Woods Crescent. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the same location.