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the uts alumni magazine | fall 2008

A look back at the first half-century of the House system at UTS

50 years of Houses the case for UTS

Ensuring the school’s viability for another century

Farewell to the captain

UTSAA Executive Director Don Borthwick steps down


centennial notebook | golf tournament results | Alumni News

Upcoming UTS Events

Mark Your Calendars Friday, October 24

Alumni Dinner

5:30 p.m. Reception, followed by 7:00 p.m. Dinner at UTS. All years are welcome! Check with your Year Rep for Special Anniversary Years’ celebrations. For dinner reservations: or call (416) 978-3919 Tuesday, November 11

Remembrance Day Service

UTS Alumni Association Board of directors President

George Crawford ’72 (416) 499-9000 vice president

Peter Neilson ’71 (416) 214-5431 past president

Tom Sanderson ’55 (416) 604-4890 Treasurer

Bob Cumming ’65 (416) 727-6640

10:00 a.m. Reception and 10:30 Service Alumni veterans and other alumni are invited to join students and staff for the ceremony. Alumni luncheon afterwards hosted by Principal Michaele Robertson. Contact: Alumni Office at or call (416) 978-3919 to confirm attendance and RSVP for lunch.

Michaele Robertson

Wednesday, December 17

Rick Parsons

6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium and Gym. Student musical performances and art displayed at this holiday evening tradition, with Café Bleu afterwards. Contact: Judy Kay,, (416) 978-6802 or Janet Williamson,, (416) 978-0988

Don Borthwick ’54

Saturday, February 7, 2009 (to be confirmed)

Rob Duncan ’95

Holiday Concert and Art Gallery

Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Organize your team of alumni for a spirited competition! Contact: Alumni Office at (416) 978-3919 to enter a team. Thursday, February 12

Jazz Night

Honorary President (416) 946-5334 Honorary Vice President (416) 978-3684 directors (416) 946-7012

Gerald Crawford ’52 (905) 271-0445

(416) 809-2488

Peter Frost ’63 (416) 867-2035

Sharon Lavine ’84 (416) 868-1755 x224

Bernie McGarva ’72 (416) 865-7765

6:30 p.m., UTS Auditorium

Vallabh Muralikrishnan ’00

FRIDAY, february 27 & Saturday, February 28

Nick Smith ’63

Senior Play

UTS Auditorium, production and time to be determined.

(416) 359-0159

(416) 920-0159

Jennifer Seuss ’94 (416) 654-2391

Phil Weiner ’01 (416) 868-2239






Donor Listings

 he House system celebrates its T 50th anniversary.

2007-08 Annual Fund



 on Borthwick steps down as Executive Director D of the Alumni Association.

President’s Report


Principal’s Message


UTS Board Report


UTS Board and UTSAA forge new links The case for UTS

News and announcements about exciting Centennial events.

Building committee is formed

24 Alumni News


All the results from this annual event

21 Centennial Notebook

Bits & Pieces

Alumni Golf Tourney 23

18 Farewell to the Captain


Noteworthy UTS tidbits

13 House Proud

Calendar of Events Upcoming alumni & school events

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Advancement Office 12 Getting ready for our centennial

 ll the latest in the lives of your classmates. In Memoriam and A tributes to the lives of several distinguished alumni and staff.

Treasurer’s Report Strong support continues


Our thanks to this issue’s contributors: Copy: Don Borthwick ’54, George Crawford ’72, Bob Cumming ’65, Martha Drake, Peter Frost, ’63, Caroline Kolch, Bob Lord ’58, Lily McGregor, Michaele Robertson, Diana Shepherd ’80, Luke Stark ’02

On the cover: Founding year House executives meet their current-day counterparts. Back row L-R: Jim Spence ’58, Doug Davis ’58, Mike Vaughan ’58, Ian Sturdee ’59 Front row L-R: Jennifer Tse, Jeffrey Ho, Isaac Kates Rose, Jake Brockman

Photography: Cover: Victor Yeung. Martha Drake, Caroline Kolch, Paul Wright Editor: Diana Shepherd ’80

University of Toronto Schools Alumni Association 371 Bloor Street West, Room 121, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R7 Phone: (416) 978-3919 Fax: (416) 971-2354 E-mail: Web: The Root is published Spring and Fall and is available to all alumni, parents, and friends of UTS. Contact us at the above addresses to receive a copy or to change your address. This issue is also available on the website:

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Bits&Pieces A compendium of noteworthy UTS tidbits.

UTS student selected for international climate change expedition to the Arctic UTS Grade 10 student Luisa Lizoain recently participated in “Cape Farewell”, an international climatechange program sponsored by British Council Canada. Luisa and 15 students from across Canada joined top scientists, artists, and educators on a two-week voyage to the Arctic from September 7 to 20, 2008. The expedition began in Reykjavik, Iceland, travelled to Nuuk, Greenland, and finished in Iqualuit, on Baffin Island. The idea behind the expedition is to encourage scientific inquiry and artistic expression, which can be used to draw attention to the issues of climate change in an imaginative way. The program focuses on the Arctic because climate change affects the Polar regions more profoundly than most other regions. Prior to and during the expedition, science and geography related projects were developed in areas such as climatology, oceanography, biodiversity, and biogeography. Art projects were devel-

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Clockwise from bottom right: UTS students Luisa Lizoain, Oles Chepesiuk, Justin Wang, and Jeyanth Inkaran. oped in genres such as film and photography, fine arts, performing arts, and literature. The final products created by the scientists, artists, and students will be used to raise public awareness about climate change in their home communities. Luisa and her peers were selected because of their passion for environmental issues. In April 2008, Luisa was one of ten students named a National Climate Champion by British Council Canada. As a result, she attended the Canadian Science Writers’ Association’s annual conference in Whitehorse, Yukon |

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last May. Themed “Science under the Midnight Sun”, the conference focused on the Antarctic and Arctic regions, since both are seeing the dramatic effects of climate change. Luisa co-founded a Green Bin program at UTS, where she helped recruit, train, and organize more than 80 volunteers. Her leadership and strong communication skills make Luisa an ideal advocate for community partnerships to encourage action on climate change issues locally. “We are excited by the students’ passion about the environment and the

issue of climate change,” says Rebecca Zalatan, Climate Change Programme Manager for British Council Canada. “These students have fresh and imaginative ideas and they have already initiated many exciting projects in their schools and communities,” she adds. Cape Farewell brings artists, scientists, and educators together to create long-term shift in cultural attitudes towards climate change. Created by British artist David Buckland in 2001, the Cape Farewell program has led five expeditions to the High Arctic.

Reach for the Top has a sterling performance at the National Championship UTS’ Reach for the Top team brought home Silver from the National Championship held in Edmonton, Alberta last May. The team faced off against some of the brightest students in the country. Out of hundreds of schools nationwide and more than 1,500 participating students, UTS is now one of the top two. The Championship was not without controversy, however. Because of a dis-

parity between two different timing systems, Ottawa’s Lisgar Collegiate managed to squeak by UTS with only a 5-point margin (worth half a question) – the narrowest in Reach for the Top history. The final against Lisgar Collegiate (UTS’ traditional rival) was a roller-coaster ride from the start. At the final question, Deputy Captain Rafael Krichevsky ’08 gave the correct answer when the score was 420-415 for Lisgar (which would have tipped the balance for UTS), but it occurred just before the horn sounded the end of the game. However, the game’s clock had already reached zero as UTS buzzed in. After a 15-minute deliberation, the judges ruled in Lisgar’s favour. Reach for the Top is a trivia competition that tests students’ knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines – from physics to pop culture. Congratulations to the team on an incredible performance and strong season: Captain Lujia Lin ’08, Deputy Captain Rafael Krichevsky ’08, Jake Brockman, Jenny Gu, Sacha Mangerel, and Nick Stark ’08.

2008 Athletes of the Year


his year’s Athletes of the Year made history, breaking gender boundaries and creating the Ron Wakelin Award’s first tie.

Jennifer Archibald ’08 received the Ornella Barrett Award for the female athlete of the year. Jennifer made UTS history as the first female member of the Varsity Ice Hockey team. She was a lead player on the Girls’ Rugby team and the Girls’ Field Hockey team, where she was captain and a student-coach. A talented wrestler, Jennifer won Regional Gold her first year in 2005-2006, and Provincial Gold in 20062007, when she went on to compete nationally in only her second year of competition. In 2007-2008, she won

Gold at the City Wrestling Championship and qualified for OFSAA. In 2007-2008, Jennifer was also a member of the Girls’ Tennis team. Andrew Chan ’08 and Stephen Rowlands ’08 made UTS history by tying for the Ron Wakelin Award for male athlete of the year. This is a well-deserved honour for both athletes, who had parallel careers at UTS. Many considered them an unstoppable force in the teams they played on together. Both were outstanding members of the Boys’ Rugby team, which was the undefeated City Champion for two consecutive years. Stephen was Rugby team captain in 20072008. Andrew and Stephen were both longtime players and stars of the Boys’ Varsity

Soccer team, which played OFSAA this year in Pain Court, Ontario. Andrew was also a vital member of the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team and coach of the F1/2 Boys’ Basketball team. Stephen was a four-year veteran of the Varsity Ice Hockey team. He was an ever-improving member of the Wrestling team, where he progressed from Regional Bronze to City Silver and Gold. These awards are a proud part of the UTS athletic tradition. Athletes of the Year must be graduating students who have displayed exceptional skill, leadership, sportsmanship, and achievement in competition during their athletic career.

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Student Achievements Four UTS students medal at the 2008 International Math and Science Olympiads.


n impressive four UTS students represented Canada at the International Chemistry and Math Olympiads, and all returned home medalists, placing them among the world’s top students. Gordon Bae ’08, Robert Bai, Grade 11, and Rafael Krichevsky ’08 were three of the four members of Team Canada at the 40th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Budapest, Hungary, from July 12 to 21, 2008. They were up against more than 500 of the world’s brightest chemistry minds from more than 70 nations. Gordon received Silver, while Robert and Rafael both earned Bronze. The IChO includes both a theoretical and practical exam taken over two

days. The theoretical exam challenges students to solve eight to ten difficult theoretical problems within five hours – a challenge even for a chemistry graduate. During the five-hour practical exam, students perform labs that reveal how tightly chemistry is connected to everyday life. This is the fifth consecutive year UTS has represented Canada at the IChO. This is also Gordon’s second consecutive year competing; last year, he returned home a Gold medalist. Grade 10 student Jonathan Schneider returned with Silver from the 49th International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) in Madrid, Spain from July 10 to 22, 2008. Jonathan was one of six students representing Canada. He and his teammates competed against 535 of the world’s most brilliant young mathematicians from more than 97 countries. The IMO exam consists of two

ABOVE: Gordon Bae (foreground) performs a demonstration with fellow International Chemistry Olympiad competitors. RIGHT: Jonathan Schneider (centre, behind flag) flanked by his Canadian teammates and their chaperones at the International Math Olympiad in Madrid, Spain.

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International Mathematics Olympiad silver medalist Jonathan Schneider.

four-and-a-half-hour exams where students are challenged to solve three challenging problems. This is Jonathan’s second year at IMO. In 2007, he represented Canada along Kent Huynh ’07 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jonathan was featured in the Toronto Star on July 28, 2008 in the article “Math Aptitude Adds Up to Victory”. The International Olympiads provide unique forums for the world’s most talented young scientists and mathematicians to come together to exchange ideas and learn from one another. They let students travel the world and experience different cultures while forging international friendships.

[continued from page 5] won Bronze, placing him in the top three neuroscience students in the country. At McMaster, Jeremy competed against seven students from across Canada. The competition consisted of three challenging events: patient diagnosis, neuroanatomy bellringer (in which the first student to ring in answers), and multiple-choice questions. Jeremy took first place in both the patient diagnosis and neuroanatomy events. The multiple-choice question round ran longer than expected; the students knew their material so well that the judges ran out of questions and had to add supplemental questions from a second text. In addition to the competition, students visited the McMaster psychology and neuroscience labs, where they had the opportunity to observe – and even participate in – experiments. They also listened to a lecture on the importance of the scientific method as well as relying on science merely as a set of falsifiable theories, not necessarily as truth. Jeremy’s intense preparations for the competition included visits to the Uof T Anatomy Museum arranged by faculty members Drs. Dostrovsky and Stewart, disease diagnosis practice with help from UTS students Jimmy Xie S5 and Caroline Lai ’08 (who acted as patients), and a concentrated six-week study of the British Neuroscience textbook – the source for the multiple-

choice questions. Jeremy’s Bronze Brain Bee medal is just the beginning for him, as he plans to study neuroscience at the university level.

Branching Out: the Alumni Mentoring Program In early June, participants in the pilot year of the UTS “Branching Out” Alumni Mentoring Program gathered for a closing reception in the UTS library. Short speeches from Nicholas Stark S5 and Pauline Wong ’93 helped launch an enthusiastic and empathetic discussion, to the delight of

Program Coordinator Carole Bernicchia-Freeman. “I was thrilled to see mentors and mentees together celebrating the year and talking about how their challenges and successes could improve the Branching Out program in the future,” said Carole. Based on the success of the pilot project and the feedback from participants, the 2008-2009 version of Branching Out will be rolling out this fall. Carole and program co-founder Luke Stark ’02 are looking forward to the program’s expansion – which means more mentors are needed! “We’re looking for UTS alumni who graduated

between 1988 and 1998, who are in or around the city and are interested in mentoring a current S5 or S6 student,” Luke explains. “Many of our mentors this year told us that they learned about themselves through their partnership with UTS students. They said that they found the experience fulfilling – and fun, too.” “As a first step to getting involved in Branching Out, interested alumni should fill out their mentoring profile in the UTS Alumni e-mail Directory,” notes Executive Director of Advancement Martha Drake, whose office is supporting Branching

Out in conjunction with the UTS Student Services Department. “Or they can e-mail us at alumni@ to receive a profile form for the 20082009 program.” Martha points out that having up-to-date information in the Alumni e-mail Directory allows alumni to receive information directly about Branching Out and other programs, and it’s an important part of keeping in touch with the school. Carole agrees, adding: “I’m always so excited when alumni reconnect to UTS. In my 20 years at the school, I’ve met so many wonderful [continued on next page]

UTS students represent Canada at international biotechnology competition UTS’ BioTalent teammates and Grade 10 students Josh Alman and Norman Yau represented Canada at the International Sanofi-Aventis BioGENEious Challenge in San Diego, California. They competed against 14 national winning student research teams from Canada, the U.S., and Western Australia. The competition was held in conjunction with the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Annual International Convention. Each student team had their project on display for convention participants; the projects were evaluated by a panel of leading biotechnology scientists. Josh and Norman attended the opening of the Canadian Pavilion and Ontario Pavilion where they met The

L-R: Mark Lievonen, President of Sanofi Pasteur; UTS students Josh Alman and Norman Yau; Hillcrest High School student Maria Merziotis; and the Honorable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario. Honourable Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health, and The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario. Josh and Norman also had the opportunity to meet the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The UTS team’s outstanding work identified what

genes allow plants to grow in salty soil. This research becomes increasingly important as arable land is lost due to climate change. Their mentors were Dr. Nick Provart and Mr. Ron Ammar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (Uof T).

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Sanofi-Aventis student competitions bring together today’s brightest young minds to perform cuttingedge biotechnology research. They offer students the unique opportunity to have a graduate-level research experience under the guidance of professional scientists.

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Steve Paikin speaks at UTS on former Premier of Ontario John P. Robarts

students who would now be inspiring mentors.” Martha, Carole, and Luke all agree that one of the most rewarding parts of Branching Out’s pilot year has been to watch current UTS students bond with past ones and explore the similarities and differences in their respective UTS experiences. “Many of the alumni are surprised at how incredibly busy UTS students are today,” laughs Luke. “I think this program ties together past and present students, to the benefit of both.” For more information on the UTS Branching Out Alumni Mentoring Program, or to request a profile form, contact the Alumni Office R at l


ast April, Steve Paikin, respected Canadian journalist and host of TVO’s The Agenda, came to speak to UTS students on the importance of the lessons of history, as illustrated by the life of former Premier of Ontario John P. Robarts. After opening with well-received jokes about the NHL playoffs and the Leafs, Paikin surveyed the student audience, asking them: “Who knows who John Robarts is?” Many students knew him as “the guy the Uof T Library is named after, right?” Initially, his question was met with a few giggles. Imagine Paikin’s great surprise upon learning there was a Robarts in the audience! “Yeah, he was my great-grandfather,” replied Adam Robarts, Grade 9 UTS student. After a few moments of shock and follow-up questions to confirm – “What’s your mother’s name?” – Paikin went into the crowd and shook Adam’s hand with pleasure. It turns out that Adam’s great-grandfather, John A. Robarts, was a cousin of John P. Robarts. After recovering from his surprise, Paikin began to speak about the life of John Robarts, explaining that his personal tragedy is part of our shared history. Robarts

Are you looking for a unique gift for UTS friends? Consider a donation to UTS’ Commemorative Gift Fund! Each gift of $50 will entitle you to a bookplate in a UTS library book in the name of the individual you’re honouring. A distinctive card will be sent to your recipient, and you will receive a tax receipt. For more information, visit or contact the UTS Advancement Office at or (416) 978-3919.

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Steve Paikin explained that John Robarts’s personal tragedy is part of our shared history when he came to speak to UTS students last April. was a great leader, whose family life reads like a Shakespearean tragedy. As Premier of Ontario in the 1960s, he was a popular and well-respected leader who exercised his power with great dignity. Meanwhile, his personal life was crumbling, as he struggled with alcoholism, family conflicts, and his son’s suicide – all of which took their toll on Robarts, leading him to finally take his own life in 1982. Despite these personal tragedies, Paikin reminded students that John Robarts left behind a great legacy. He was a supporter of education, founding Ontario Community Colleges and the Ontario Science Centre. He founded Ontario Place, to give children a safe place to play while keeping them off the streets, and GO Transit, to improve transportation infrastructure in and out of Toronto. Paikin told students that one of the

important lessons of history is that you need to know where you’ve come from if you want to move forward. Paikin was well-received by the UTS student body, who were engaged by his speech, and appreciated his humour and candor. They asked insightful questions about the principles John Robarts worked by and the greatest challenge facing Ontario today. Paikin finished by describing his dream interview on The Agenda: “Bill Clinton, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Carson...” The history of John Robarts is well known to Paikin, who wrote, produced, and narrated the feature-length documentary Chairman of the Board: The Life and Death of John Robarts, and wrote the book Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts.

President’s Report

UTSAA & UTS Board Agree Memorandum of Understanding reached.


he “big” news for this Report is the agreement that has been reached between your UTSAA and the UTS Board. The final version of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was discussed and accepted by vote of the attendees at the UTSAA Board Meeting that immediately followed our Annual General Meeting on May 28. So what does this means to the UTSAA, and to each of us as individual alumni? The MOU will ensure a lasting, strong, and continuing relationship between the Alumni and the School. Achieving the agreement is a credit to the dediGeorge cation and vision Crawford ’72 of all of the UTS president, UTSAA and UTSAA Board members, and on behalf of all alumni, I offer my appreciation for their efforts. What does this agreement mean to UTS Alumni? First, it means that one of the “Three Challenges” that I have discussed in prior Reports is now nearly complete: the challenge of transforming UTS from a school that relies upon the University of Toronto for financial support to a financiallyindependent school that is still affiliated with the University. That transition has been led by the UTS Board and its Chair Bob Lord. UTS now includes several entities – each with defined objectives, roles, and responsibilities – and all sharing the same vision for the School. The entities include the UTS Board, the School operation led

by the Principal, the UTSAA, the UTS Parents Association, the UTS Foundation, and – still a key partner – the University of Toronto. The UTSAA will continue to take the lead responsibility for its traditional alumni activities: the Annual Dinner, the Golf Tournament, the Alumni Hockey Challenge, publication of The Root, and sponsorship of the student graduation banquet for our newest alumni each year. We will also continue to support selected school and student activities, such as our recent financial contribution to help send the “Reach for the Top” team to the national championships in Edmonton. And our Alumni role as volunteers will continue – whether as participants in Remembrance Day services, debating tournament judges, athletics coaches, F1 Admissions interviewers, or mentors. One area has changed: the raising, managing, and dispensing of funds. Formerly, the UTSAA raised funds through our Annual Fund Campaign and other fundraising activities, we managed the funds, and ultimately we dispensed the funds in accordance with the intentions and wishes of the alumni donors. Under the new structure and relationships, the UTSAA stewards the same processes and responsibilities, but only “touches the money” in certain specific circumstances. To explain what I mean by this, let’s take the Annual Fund as an example. UTS will continue to operate the Office of Advancement, supported by an Advancement Committee that includes at least one UTSAA Board member. Don Borthwick’s former role within the

Office of Advancement is now fulfilled by Martha Drake. The UTSAA and UTS will jointly decide upon the goals of the Annual Fund campaign each year. The UTSAA President will continue to write the letter to Alumni each year describing the objectives of the Annual Fund campaign and soliciting donations. Any donations received will go to the UTS Foundation, to be held in trust and to be managed by the UTS Foundation Board. Donations by alumni will be tracked and directed to the appropriate internal fund by the Foundation, and the UTSAA will be advised of the total amounts of the alumni donations. The UTSAA will be informed when alumni-donated funds are spent or distributed by the Foundation, including the purpose of the expenditure. The School will include a budget to support the operations of the UTSAA. Administrative support will be provided through the Office of Advancement. Funding for special items – such as selected school and student activities – will be decided by the UTSAA Board and then paid by the School, using a budget allocation agreed to each year by the UTSAA and UTS.

The above changes retain the same “checks and balances” as before; the change is primarily in the flow of the donated funds. The UTSAA continues to work with the School each year to determine our annual fundraising objectives – and the President’s signature on the Annual Fund Campaign letter each year continues to be your assurance that all donations are being stewarded and spent in accordance with those objectives and the intentions of the alumni donors. I hope that this illustrates the types [continued on inside back cover] Fa l l 2 0 0 8


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Principal’s Message

The Case for UTS


e’ve spent the past year in consultations of various kinds with members of the UTS community. These have been part of our work on the Strategic Plan and they have served two important purposes: first, to find out what the students, parents, employees, Board, UTSAA, and members of the OISE community thought was vital to UTS and its future; and second, to gather support for the emerging Vision and Mission of UTS. In asking what UTS should preserve or strive to become, we have had to ask the more fundamental question of what the school contributes that justifies Michaele its need for finanRobertson cial support from Principal, UTS its constituencies. So I’m putting the case forward as I see it, and I hope that the combined wisdom of our readership will help us make the case more strongly than I have done here. To offer a context for what follows, let me say a little about my own experience with schools. I have spent 38 years working in and with schools: as a teacher, as an administrator, and as a professional with a deep interest in organizational change, program delivery, and teaching practice. I believe that there is nothing more worthy of our attention than the quality of education in our country and what we can learn from successful schools. There is no one model of school success; schools who get it right can be single-sex or co-ed,


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urban or suburban, wealthy or of modest means, blessed or not with wonderful facilities, and so on. However successful they were in getting it right in the past, there are always periods of time in a school’s history when things falter: a struggling economy halts essential fundraising or erodes demand, a leadership change destabilizes, or a tragic event paralyzes a school. But setbacks are not destiny. Schools recover, often emerging as stronger entities as a result of their struggles. So it is with UTS. The last 15 years have been tough for the school, and the trials have not been trivial. The disappearance of government funding seriously challenged the school’s identity as a “public” institution. The Affiliation Agreement with the University, about which much can be said that is positive, still alters the fundamental relationship between UTS and Uof T. No wonder the school struggled with its identity over a significant period of time. Restoring and refining that identity has been the work of the Strategic Plan. Ensuring the school’s viability for another century is the work of us all. Why should we do this work? We should do it because this UTS engine of creativity and productivity needs to be preserved. We should do it because the school produces great graduates and has done so for decades and decades. You can’t evade the contribution UTS has made to Canada and the world – in public and private realms, in arts and letters, and in every profession and walk of life where meaningful activity takes place. Locally and globally, our graduates continue to use their prodigious talents in ways that make us proud. And to a person, each

would identify the spirit and experiences of UTS as the root of success. It is remarkable how many alumni feel they really came into their own during their UTS years, rather than, as is commonly the case, later in life during their undergraduate or graduate years. Unfortunately, a school with such a record does not exist anywhere else in Canada. It would be wonderful if that were that not the case. It’s not that we lack the demand or talent. Every year, UTS is unable to find places for students who would benefit from our school every bit as much as those we are able to admit and educate. The students we cannot take will probably go on to realize their potential, but sadly, they will do it without experiencing the real secret of UTS: the exuberant cohort of peers whose talents are, in the best sense of the word, viral. Inspired and prodded by their teachers, they pick up in class, or from one another, whatever they need to know, sharing what they already know or can do in return. That’s how the intellectual capital of the place spreads – each has something to offer and much to acquire. Everyone is enriched as a result. Much of what happens at UTS is the result of the students and families who are attracted by such a school, and the policies governing competitive entry and financial assistance that ensure this wonderful mix of students can be educated together at 371 Bloor. UTS is a crucible with all the strength it needs to withstand the heat from within and, if you are an alum reading this, you know about that heat: how it is at once consuming, volatile, and precious. But the reality is that we can’t withstand the heat from the outside without your belief in and commitment R to another 100 years of UTS grads. l

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More Milestones for UTS The future of 371 Bloor Street West moves into a new phase.


his September marks another milestone for UTS, in that the school will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the House system. This anniversary is of special significance to me, because the House system was formed in my last year at UTS and my class (1958) will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary this September. Like many of the UTS traditions, the House system was by no means a spur of the moment idea. It was first discussed at a form captains’ committee meeting in 1957 and Bob Lord ’58 from the very chair, UTS start, it was felt that the system would engender closer co-operation between the upper school and lower school, promote mentoring, bolster competition and team spirit and create a greater feeling of unity and fellowship among the students. Most importantly it was felt that the House system would provide a “family” with which students could identify and encourage lifelong friendships that extended beyond one’s own class. In this issue of The Root, you will find an excellent article on the House system written by Diana Shepherd ’80. The article illustrates how what was considered an experiment in 1958 became (almost overnight) an integral part of school life. Today, the House spirit touches every corner of the student experience at UTS as much as, if

not more than, it did 50 years ago. The House system had the effect of deepening a sense of community at times when the school was at the edge of serious financial crisis and through our most significant transitions. The year the Ontario government withdrew our funding, 1993, was one of those transitional periods. At that time, the UTS family rallied behind the school and ensured the survival of our most precious traditions, vision, and mission. The Preserving the Opportunity Campaign was followed by an equally impressive Preserving the Building Campaign. Both generated serious volunteer interest and financial support from our alumni, parents, and teachers. Strong community support ensured that we were able to continue to attract the very best students and teachers. Most importantly, it ensured that we would be able to continue to provide deserving students with financial aid so that they could enjoy the privilege of a UTS education. The 50th anniversary of the House system coincides with another fortunate development. Discussions with the University of Toronto about the future of the 371 Bloor Street West site have moved into a new phase. The University has now invited UTS to submit for consideration a site redevelopment plan. The UTS site redevelopment plan proposal will be made according to the procedures in the 2006 Affiliation

Agreement. Although the University has no obligation to proceed with any proposal submitted by UTS, it will be given good faith consideration if it appears to meet the University’s needs. This September, on the 50th anniversary of the House system, our Building Committee, chaired by David Rounthwaite ’65, will be moving forward to prepare a proposal that will meet our program and space needs, as well as the needs of the University. The Building Committee is not yet fully formed; however, we are fortunate to have Don Schmitt ’70 – a prominent architect and principal of Diamond + Schmitt Architects – serving on the committee. Joining him will be Uof T Professor and UTS board member Sujit Choudry ’88, UTS Principal Michaele Robertson, and me. The redevelopment of 371 Bloor is a key component of our long-term strategic plan; securing the building as a permanent home for UTS will require us to, once again, come together as a family. I am confident that, in true UTS fashion, our alumni, parents, students, and staff will do just that – rally in support of this very exciting R opportunity. l

The university has now invited UTS to submit for consideration a site redevelopment plan.

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Advancement Report

A Hundred Reasons to Celebrate More than 70 volunteers are now on board and working hard.


he countdown is on! Next September marks the official kick-off of the UTS Centennial, and we have at least 100 reasons to celebrate! Plans for our Centennial celebrations are coming together beautifully under the leadership of UTS Centennial Co-Chairs, Penny Harbin ’78 and Cindia Chau-Boon (S5 parent). We are delighted that Christopher Alexander ’85 has accepted our invitation to be UTS Centennial Honorary Chair, Martha Drake and we look forExecutive Director, ward to welcomUTS office of advancement ing Chris back to UTS during the 2009-2010 Centennial year. Chris resides in Afghanistan, where he works for the United Nations as one of two Deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary General for Afghanistan. To date, more than 70 volunteers are serving on the UTS Centennial Advisory Board or on one of the many committees mandated to create a plan for our Centennial. These alumni, students, parents, past parents, staff, and retired staff have already dedicated a considerable amount of their time, energy, and ingenuity into preparing for our school’s most auspicious milestone celebration. This impressive tally does not include any of you who have passed along an idea or two, or helped enlist a


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volunteer in the name of our hundredth anniversary. Thank you, one and all, for giving so generously of yourselves. You will see in the Centennial pages of The Root that we now have a solid plan in place to achieve our Centennial goal: to commemorate 100 years of UTS, by engaging all constituencies in celebrations of its traditions, achievements, and academic distinctions, and to support the Vision and Mission of UTS now and in the future. To learn the most up-to-date information about the Centennial, check out the UTS website at or contact the UTS Office of Advancement. This past year, the UTS Board of Directors created a new committee. The Advancement Committee, chaired by UTS Director and parent Nasir Noormohamed, is responsible for the general oversight of all advancement matters at UTS. Encouraged by the fact that a core group of UTS alumni and friends had made charitable bequest intentions to UTS, the committee’s first task was to create an identity for a planned giving recognition society. In the annual report on donors, you will see the inaugural listing of the UTS Arbor Society for planned giving. It feels good to be able to recognize and thank our donors who have made future provisions for UTS! On the topic of contribution, I would be remiss if I did not say a word about Don Borthwick ’54. Don retired in

June, and we miss his daily presence at the school. There is no doubt that UTS is a better place today because of Don’s leadership; we are grateful to him for the tireless energy that he has put into planning and providing for UTS. Don will continue his relationship with UTS through his involvement as a Director on the UTS Alumni Association and as a volunteer for the Centennial. With the new mission of the Office of Advancement in place, as defined by the Memorandum of Understanding, we have added two new staff members. Joining Donna Vassel (Advancement Assistant) and Caroline Kolch (Communications Officer), I’m pleased to introduce Amy Schindler (Senior Development Officer) and Jennifer Orazietti (Alumni Affairs Officer). Amy supports fundraising for both the UTSAA and the Schools and Jennifer coordinates UTSAA activities. Jonathan Bright ’04 has been a tremendous help to our office over the past year, and, rounding out the alumni involvement in Advancement, Diana Shepherd ’80 has joined us as Editor of The Root. Thank you for your continued interest and your support as donors, volunteers, and advocates for UTS. Your contributions are noticed and appreciated, R and you do make a difference! l

We now have a solid plan in place to achieve our Centennial goal: to commemorate 100 years of UTS.

house proud A look back at the first 50 years of the House system at UTS. by diana shepherd ’80


ike many UTS Alumni, you may be surprised to learn that the House system was not a facet of School life from the very beginning. The 1957-1958 school year saw the creation of the four Houses; although the popularity of the system has waxed and waned more than once over the last 50 years, those of us who spent our student days as members of one of the four find it difficult to imagine UTS without its Houses. Since 1957, the student body has been divided vertically into four houses: Althouse (current symbol: gator; colour: red), Cody (cougar paw; blue), Crawford (sword; yellow), and Lewis (Viking helmet; green). The House events and competitions provide interest and fun throughout the year, and they also give the House leaders valuable experience in planning and organization. House members participate in many kinds of intra-mural athletic,

literary, and academic competitions over the course of the school year. The types of competitions have changed over the years – for instance, “literary” points are no longer awarded for Cadet Corps activities such as Artillery, Signals, or Officer’s Training – but all of the events provide an opportunity for students to interact with others outside their class/grade. Since its inception in 1970, the annual “New Student– Senior Student” weekend at Camp Couchiching, for example, fosters interaction between junior and senior students and helps to instill school spirit – both major goals for the original founders of the House system. Let’s take a look back at the early days – as well as the path the system has traveled since then.

The Birth of the House System “In the 1950s, UTS was a serious, diligent, dedicated, post-war school,”

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remembers Doug Davis ’58, Althouse’s first Prefect. “In early 1957, some seniors started to discuss the idea of a House system modeled on those found in British schools. The idea was that the students who didn’t play on the school teams would have an opportunity to participate in sports within the school. In those days,” he points out, “competition in all facets of school life was thought to be a very good thing, and the House system was supposed to get everyone involved and competing.” The House system was also designed to foster communication between the upper and lower grades. Before the advent of the four Houses, “there was a definite stratification: people socialized with their own grade,” says Davis. “The Houses encouraged communication up and down that otherwise wouldn’t have taken place.” In the fall of 1957, each House elected a Prefect, an Athletic Representative, and a Literary Representative. “The great success of the House system in 1957-1958 persuaded even the most sworn reactionaries that it was very worthwhile,” notes an article on the House system in the 1959 Twig. “Now beginning its third year, the House system is already a tradition. The tremendous spirit within each House is climbing, and UTS is looking forward to another year of intense competition to see which House emerges winner...”


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In 1960, the House executive expanded to include both Senior and Junior Prefects, Athletic Reps, and Literary Reps; today, each House elects four executives: Prefect, Deputy Prefect, and Literary and Athletic Reps. The first four Prefects were Doug Davis ’58 (Althouse), Cam Fraser ’58 (Cody), the late Bill Kay ’58 (Crawford), and Jim Spence ’58 (Lewis). The Founding Year Literary Reps were Pat Saul ’62 (Althouse), Mike Vaughan ’58 (Cody), Pete Boake ’58 (Crawford), and Chris Chapman ’58 (Lewis); and the first Athletic Reps were Mike Starr ’60 (Althouse), Charles Baillie ’58 (Cody), Dick Farr ’58 (Crawford), and Ian Sturdee ’59 (Lewis). House points were awarded for participation in Athletic and “Literary” (which was really a catchall for anything that didn’t fall into the first category) competitions and events; 1964 saw the addition of an Academic category, meaning that there were now three Pennants to be awarded to the

winning House or Houses. Cadet Corps activities were a major source of House points in the first decade. “We grew up during or just after World War II,” Davis points out. “War was an important part of our culture and learning experience at that time.” Cadet Corps was not a volunteer activity, he says. “The idea was that if there was another war, we would be ready to fight.” Davis remembers that there was a rifle range in the basement of the school, and all the boys learned how to shoot there. Davis was the Lieutenant in charge of the Precision Squad in his grad year. “We learned how to put on a fantastic show – ‘one, two, three, four, present arms; one, two, three, four, shoulder arms’ – without looking like we were counting in our heads!” he laughs.

House System on the Wane A decade after its promising birth, interest in the House system began to wane. In the late ’60s, students every-

“I ran in the House Track Meet in the 100-, 200-, and 800-yard races dressed in a bowler hat, Oxfords, carrying an umbrella, and wearing a tie held to my sweatshirt with a Crawford Golden Knights pin.” – Jeffrey ball ’75

where were rebelling against tradition and authority; the House system could be seen as a victim of the social revolution sweeping through North America at the time. As counterculture guru Timothy Leary put it in 1966: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” “The failure of the House system to bridge the gap between divisions in the school and arrange student activities is a prime example of the lack of social consciousness on the part of the student body as a whole,” wrote students David Glennie ’71 and Tom Hurka ’71 in the 1970-71 Twig. “The House system depends on the support and the school spirit of those within it if it is not to rot away. This spirit must come from within the students themselves – it cannot be shoved down their throats, as some have tried to do. It is part of the general malaise of the 60s, which UTS shared, that this sort of spirit was lacking and the role played by the House system was ultimately diminished.” In the 1969-1970 school year, all House positions except Prefect were dropped; the following year, the Athletic and Literary Reps were added back into the House executive.

The Advent of Co-Education On September 12, 1973, the first female students were welcomed into UTS with flowers from the male students. Not everyone welcomed the

advent of co-education, however. “There seemed to be considerable concern expressed by the Old Boys who were worried that the UTS they affectionately remembered so well was to become something new and far removed from what it had been in its previous 60-odd years,” wrote John Tompkins ’74 and Michi Moriyama ’74, co-editors of the 1973-74 Twig. Many believe the influx of young women breathed life into the ailing House system. “I will add (at the risk of treading on some anti-coeducation toes) that the girls, now well established, are an aid – not detriment – to overall participation and school atmosphere,” wrote Althouse Prefect David Beattie ’76 in the 1975-76 Twig. “The house system is still in good shape and has a place in the school,” he continued. “UTS is an unusual school, where a feeling of community and closeness between the students exists, and where seniors interact comfortably and without condescension with students five or six years younger.” In the same Twig, Graham Yost ’76, Crawford, pointed out that: “This year there was quite a de-emphasis of the importance of House Standings. The most important goal was enjoyment (granted, it is generally more fun to win than to lose).” This emphasis on “friendly” rather than “competition” helped to boost the popularity of the House system in the ’70s; students

enjoyed House activities rather than feeling driven to win at all costs.

First Female House Executives The 1976-77 school year saw the election of the first female House executives: Kirsten Abbot as Althouse Literary Rep and Beth Steinhauer as Lewis Literary Rep. The following year, Stephanie Hansen became the first female Athletic Rep (Althouse). In 1979-80, Sarah Bradshaw ’80 of Crawford and Jillian Lewis ’80 of Cody became the first female Prefects in the school’s 70-year history. Jillian Lewis – who won the “Year 4 School Spirit Award” in 1980 and the “Year 3 Award” (for bringing together the senior and junior students) in 1979 – is now an elementary school principal in Vancouver, BC. When asked about her groundbreaking achievements – first female Prefect, and first Prefect of Caribbean heritage – she remembers that the daily experience of UTS was “very intense, and the pressure to not only succeed but to excel was enormous.” In a school where “excellence was the standard,” Lewis notes that: “The academic experiences served the need for mastery; extra-curricular opportunities (athletics, music, theatre, art, journalism, science, debating, math, etc.) served the need for mastery as well as the freedom to choose our experiences; and the House system served the need to have fun and the fa l l 2 0 0 8


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What’s in a name?

The Rev. Dr. Henry John Cody (1868-1951) was President of the University of Toronto from 1932 to 1944. Although never a UTS headmaster, he is reported to have taken a keen interest in the school’s activities. Several scholarships and prizes within the school are named after his son, Maurice Cody, who attended UTS from 1910-1914, and who drowned during an arctic expedition in July 1927.

Educated at the University of Toronto, Dr. John G. Althouse (1889-1956) became the second Headmaster of UTS in 1923, a post he occupied until 1934. At that time he became Dean of the College of Education, then in 1944, Chief Director of Education for the Province of Ontario, and finally, in 1948, President of the Canadian Education Association. He was a keen scholar and a man of driving energy.

need to belong. “The House system offered respite from the academic pressure and encouraged us to have fun and to be, more often than not, silly,” she continues. “In an environment that could be highly competitive, the house system fostered camaraderie and belonging. Even though there was competition among the houses, it was largely frivolous. The emphasis was on involvement and engagement with each other.” Lewis points out that a great strength of the House system was and is that it provided opportunities for students from F1 to S6 (then called Grade 7 to Level 4) to be engaged with one another. “I can’t think of another aspect of school life that, by definition, had representation from every grade,” she says. “I saw strengthening the bond between the older and younger students as central to my role as Prefect. The House system pro-


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Two of the Houses have changed their symbols over the years – the Althouse Arabians become the Alligators in 1981 and the Lewis Longhorns became the Vikings in 1979 – but the House names have remained the same since 1957. The four Houses are named after men who played important roles in the school’s history.

Professor H.J. Crawford was UTS’ first Headmaster (from 1910 to 1923). A noted Classics scholar, exceptional athlete, a renowned educator, and a former Principal of Riverdale Collegiate, Crawford was considered eminently suited to the task of steering the new school through the first experimental years. His principles of sound, honest work and fair play were built into the foundations of UTS.

vided a very important forum in which the younger students got to know the larger-than-life personalities of the senior students who filled the halls, and to get a glimpse of the future,” she points out. “But I think the House system was also significant for the senior students because it instilled in us the notion of taking responsibility for those who follow. “As for being one of the first female Prefects in the history of the school, at the time of the elections, it didn’t really

The third Headmaster of UTS (from 1934 to 1944), Dr. A.C. Lewis originally joined the UTS staff in 1928 as a Science teacher; in 1930, he left to become Principal of East York Collegiate. He was known as a master administrator and organizer, amazing those he knew with his energy and drive. In 1944, Dr. Lewis succeeded Dr. Althouse as Dean of the College of Education until 1958.

occur to me,” Lewis continues. “It was only afterwards that I realized that another significant gender barrier in our school’s history had been tossed aside. It became even more meaningful for me when I had the opportunity to formally welcome to the school Lieutenant Governor Pauline McGibbon, the first female to represent the Queen anywhere in the Commonwealth. Of course, it was inevitable that, once the doors to the school were opened to females, we would one day assume posi-

“Being a new student at UTS, I feel that being part of the House system has made my life less overwhelming. It gives me the opportunity to destress, because it’s all about having fun.” – Julie-anne Ghaznavi ’01

tions of leadership alongside our male peers. In that regard, I am exceedingly proud to have been a trailblazer.”

Steele has a “big picture” perspective. “Working on my grad project confirmed that the greatest strengths of the House system are integrating students of all ages and offering incredible leadership opportunities. The system allows communication and interaction between grades that would otherwise not exist,” he points out. “It nurtures students with different strengths, talents, and backgrounds – all of which are recognized through participation in House events.”

The end of the 20th century In the mid ’80s, the House system lost momentum for a second time. The Valedictory in the 1985 Twig highlighted the lack of interest in the system, stating that: “The continued existence of the house system is one of the mysteries of UTS. Few people like it; most agree there are significant problems with its structure; no one can agree why it’s around in the first place; and yet everyone pushes it because we’ve been too lazy to find a viable working alternative.” Some critics questioned whether UTS should maintain a system generally associated with exclusive private schools at a time when UTS was trying to demonstrate that it was an open and accessible place. Enthusiasm for the House system began to grow again in the late ’80s with a return to the founders’ vision: that it would build a bridge between the lower and upper schools by providing light-hearted, friendly competitions and other events in which everybody was encouraged to participate. “The House system was the most important part of my time at UTS,” asserts Jimmy Steele ’99, Crawford’s Literary Rep in 1997-1998 and Prefect in 1998-1999. “Like many others, I found the early years at UTS to be overwhelming at times, but the unconditional support and encouragement I received from my House executive allowed me to find my place in the school. Without that support, I don’t think I would be the person – and educator – I am today.” Steele – who now teaches French, German, and Spanish at Georges Vanier Secondary School in Toronto – credits the skills he acquired as Lit Rep and Prefect for helping him develop into his role as a teacher. His S6 grad project was to research the first 40 years of the House system, so

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Looking to the next 50 years The House system celebrated its 50 anniversary this year; after five decades of ups and downs, House spirit is alive and well at UTS. A glance through the 2008 Twig tells the story well. “I’ll never forget the extraordinary performances, louder-than-life cheers, ridiculous posts on the Althouse conference, and your red painted faces. Even though we’re going our separate ways, we’ll always have that white and red pride.” – Megan Yap ’08, Althouse Prefect “You have always amazed me with your spirit and enthusiasm. Thank you for an amazing six years, Crawford will sorely miss you [Crawford Class of 2008]. [To F1 Crawford] Keep giving us your great house spirit – and make sure you pass it on to future Crawfordites!” – Ryan Bradley ’08, Crawford Prefect “…whether we were outdistancing the other houses during House Cross Country Run, or racking up the points during House Jeopardy, I felt proud to belong to the Lewis family. [To F1 Lewis] I could not have asked for a more spirited and dedicated group of young warriors… since Cooch, I knew that you would provide the reinforcements needed to make Lewis a force to be reckoned with.” – Jeffrey Kuperman ’08, Lewis Prefect With thanks to Jimmy Steele ’99 for his “History of the House System” grad project, which provided the foundation R for this article. l |

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Farewell Captain to The

Don Borthwick (UTS ’54) stepped down as Executive Director of the UTS Alumni Association (UTSAA) at the end of June. Joining the Alumni Board in 1993, he served as President of the UTSAA from 1995 to 1999. Don took on the position of Executive Director of the UTSAA in 1999, and became the Assistant Director of the UTS Office of Advancement in 2007. In June 2008, Don retired from these positions; true to his nature, he has been generous with his time and knowledge in order to make the transition easier on those who will be filling his shoes. The Root asked some of the people who knew him well – both as a UTS student, and during his time with the UTSAA – to pay tribute to Don on the occasion of his retirement. Here’s what they had to say. Al Fleming ’54 was a UTS student from 1949 to 1954. He started teaching at the school in September 1961; became Principal in 1987; and in December 1994, after retirement, Al returned to the school to help teach a scholarship mathematics course until 2002. “Don and I were fellow students at the school in the ’50s; we were also teammates on the Senior Hockey Championship team of 1954 when Don was our Captain. Don joined the Alumni Board and became President of the Alumni Association during my time as Principal of the school; during Stan Pearl’s time as Principal, Don took on the position of Executive Director of the Alumni Association. In this capacity, he worked extremely well with alumni of all ages. “At Don’s retirement luncheon, there were alumni from 1943 to 2004 present – which tells you a great deal about Don’s broad interest in and rapport with the school and alumni community. “I think if I were to characterize Don’s life at UTS – whether as a student, a member of a school team, or as a skilled person working for the school


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– I would say that Don captured the same feeling that I had as a student at the school. The teachers or the head of the school could ask you to do anything, and you would do it; similarly, if you asked them for their help, they went more than the extra mile to support you. That characteristic was always true of Don: whether it was a phone call for a small bit of information, or a major meeting involving school policy, Don always had the good of the school in mind, and always went the extra mile every time to have things work out. “My most vivid personal memory of Don was playing in a hockey game at Weston Arena. Towards the end of a very physical game, some skirmishes broke out on the ice. Someone turned off the lights, and the rink was in total darkness. Standing in my goal, at one end of the rink, I could barely see anything in front of me. From out of the darkness came a shadowy figure skating towards my goal. Being young and exuberant, I was ready to take this figure on, until he said: “Are you okay, Pidge?” It was our Captain, Don Borthwick, checking on one of his teammates – a memory that has stayed with me for more than 50 years.” Tom Sanderson ’55 is a UTS graduate and a former President of the Alumni Association, where he served until 2007. An active member, he joined the Alumni Board in 2002, and attends the Annual Dinner, Golf Tournament, and Remembrance Day regularly. “As a UTS student in the ’50s, I looked up to Don as an upper classman, a leader, and the Captain of a very successful Senior Hockey Team. So six years ago when I approached Don to get involved with the UTSAA, I knew it would be a professionally-led team. “Anyone who has served on the UTSAA with Don knows his ability to make sure all meetings were well organized, well executed, and completely followed-up. “When I think of Don, one key attribute stands out: leadership. We all know someone has to lead

“Don encouraged Alumni to get involved – to give back to the school and support our activities. His dignity and integrity are examples to us all.” tom sanderson ’55

“As a community, we are incredibly fortunate to have been able to draw upon Don’s many talents, leadership, and vision.” carolyn ellis ’80

and others have to follow. Good leaders allow the followers to influence direction, and good followers take the initiative to help steer the way. Don was the leader within UTSAA – which allowed him the flexibility to make this happen. “What makes a good leader? I hope we can agree on the following five attributes that qualify Don: • He knew when to lead and when to follow. • He was flexible and adaptable to change. • He communicated well with the UTSAA, its Board, and all alumni, as well as all other constituency groups. • More than communication, he related very well to all constituents, and made everyone feel they were a part of a seamless team: UTS. • Perhaps the greatest asset of all: he always had time to listen to all groups. “Over the last six years, we have had many changes and challenges: principals coming and going, reorganization, and discussions about UTSAA’s future direction. Although we didn’t agree on every issue, we always made progress, and Don’s leadership skills stood out. I respected the fact that he was always able to balance politics, academic bureaucracy, and our Association’s ideals. “Don was the bridge between the graduating students and the Alumni Association. He encouraged alumni to get involved – to give back to the school and support our activities. His dignity and integrity are examples to us all. “On behalf of George Crawford, our president, and Peter Nielson, our vice president, I would like to thank Don for his guidance, leadership, and devotion to the UTSAA. We are all in Don’s debt for a job well done.” Carolyn Ellis ’80 is a UTS graduate and was a member of the UTS Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than 13 years, including serv-


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ing as President in 1996. She was also the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs for UTS from 1997 to 1999. “It was a pleasure for me to work with Don Borthwick – both on the Alumni Association Board and in the early years of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. Don was actually a classmate of my father, Jack Ellis ’54, but I knew him more from working shoulder-to-shoulder around the board table. I succeeded Don as Alumni President, but within the year, Stan Pearl asked me to head up the development efforts at UTS. Don, always the team player and thinking of the greater good, willingly stepped back into the role as President of the UTSAA. His grace, humour, and willingness to do whatever it took to get the job done right were qualities I greatly appreciated in him. We particularly had a lot of fun planning the 90th Anniversary celebrations and re-patriating the Alumni Dinner to the school itself. As a community, we are incredibly fortunate to have been able to draw upon Don’s many talents, leadership, and vision. I wish him health, happiness, and many happy rounds on the golf course in his retirement!” Don Borthwick ’54. Finally, a few words from Don himself. When asked what he was most proud of accomplishing during his tenure, he responded: “The expansion of the Alumni magazine, The Root, from an eight-page, blue-and-white newsletter to a full-colour, 32-page magazine. It has provided the alumni and current parents with more news about the activities and terrific accomplishments of the students and alumni.” Don also offered the following examples of high points: “The great support of alumni in contributing to the Annual Fund campaigns over the past nine years for bursaries, scholarships, and various school and/or student activities. The fund has grown from $60,000 in the late ’90s to nearly $400,000 in 2007. Also, the generosity of other alumni in gifting substantial funds to the school for its specific capital needs clearly reflects the importance UTS played in their lives.” When asked about any hopes he had for the future of the UTS, Don shared the following: “I sincerely hope that building can be redeveloped to include not only expanded facilities but to have a playing field (immediately to the south) integrated into a UTS site that can serve the academic and physical needs of its students and staff in the 21st R century.” l

Centennial Notebook Centennial Chair appointment

& Kick-Off Celebration: First week of school, September 2009 – A fun-filled event to kick-off the Centennial school year with activities for current UTS students, staff, and families.

Christopher A. Alexander, Class of 1985 UTS Centennial Honorary Chair

& Annual Alumni Dinner: October 24, 2009 – Special dinner to honour alumni and important achievements over the past 100 years.

UTS Centennial Co-Chairs Penny Harbin ’78 and Cindia Chau-Boon are pleased to announce Christopher A. Alexander ’85 as Honorary Chair of the UTS Centennial.

& Homecoming: May 29 to 30, 2009* – An extravaganza to welcome all alumni back to the school for an events-filled weekend. & Gala Dinner: Saturday, October 16, 2010* – The elegant finale of the Centennial year at the beautiful Four Seasons hotel. It will be the Centennial’s final celebration and the launch of UTS’ second Century.

Chris is the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan. He is responsible for political issues, including continuing electoral and parliamentary issues, as well as issues related to peace and stability, security sector reform, and human rights.

*Please note: the event dates have changed since the last issue of The Root.

Attention UTS Musicians Photo: Hasan Kursad Ergan; istockphoto.

As a UTS student, Chris was a leader: he was School Captain as well as a Camp Tawingo Counsellor. In addition to being an excellent leader, he proved to be an outstanding speaker as a member of the Debating Society and its Executive. Chris’s UN career took root at UTS, where he was President of the Southern Ontario Model UN Assembly (SOMA). Previous to his current post at the UN, Chris served as Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan from August 2003 until October 2005. Prior to this assignment, he was Minister Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow from 2000 to 2003, and served as second secretary at the same mission from 1993 to 1996. He has also served at Foreign Affairs headquarters in Ottawa as deputy director responsible for Canada’s bilateral relations with Russia and as Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Chris joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1991.

It’s the invitation you’ve been waiting for! UTS Music will celebrate our first 100 years of music-making (yes, that includes you!) with a series of exciting events – some traditional, some just for the occasion. Read our lineup and see how you can get involved as a musician, composer, or appreciative member of our audience. Remember how it felt to play at those concerts and Cafés? Let’s do it again!

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He received a BA from McGill University in Montreal in history and politics in 1985, and an MA from Balliol College at Oxford University in England in philosophy, politics, and economics in 1991. Chris was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2005.

Opportunities to play, sing, compose, or conduct include: & Being a featured performer or conductor at one of our regular student concerts: Nocturne (November 2009) The Holiday Concert (Dec. 2009) Jazz Night (February 2010) Art and Music Nights (April 2010) Twig Tape Assembly (April 2010)

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The UTS Centennial is coming up fast! 2009-2010 will be a year filled with exciting events to celebrate this milestone, so join in the celebrations! Be sure to mark these dates in your calendars:

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& Composing a piece for the 25th anniversary edition of the Twig Tape (before February 2010) & Being a clinician or participant in the Composition Festival. This is a multi-school event, hosted by UTS, featuring student composers. & Composing for, performing, or conducting at the Gala Concert (April 2010). This concert will feature premieres of commissioned compositions by UTS composers, written for student or alumni ensembles. Commissions will be supported financially. There will be a limited number of grants, with an application process. & Playing at Alum Café Bleu with your old band or your new one (following the Gala Concert in April 2010). We can help with your reunion/rehearsals if you live in different cities. & Performing or conducting at the Alumni Artist Concert (October 2010). & Giving a master class, lecture, and/or performance to a UTS music class during the 2009-2010 celebrations.

And, of course, you can attend any or all of the events just to listen and mingle! If you are interested in learning more, e-mail Judy Kay at Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you, Your Centennial Music Committee Anne Chudy ’97, Alex Eddington ’98, Anthony Lee ’86, Sarah Richardson ’97, Jamie Sommerville ’80, David Weiss ’86, Oles Chepesiuk ’10, Samik Doshi ’10, Anya Verma ’10, John Fautley, Judith Kay, Natalie Kuzmich, Ron Royer, Sarah Shugarman

Centennial Logo Contest winner announced


“I’m very happy,” Josie says. “It is really exciting to win!” She was inspired by the tree in the school crest, and influenced by the idea of “celebrating tradition” as expressed in the Centennial goal. “I wanted to show how the school had changed over 100 years. My design speaks to both tradition and the future.” While the familiar solid portion of the tree is UTS’ tradition, the lines and fluidity of the right half are Josie’s modern interpretation, indicating UTS’ future and the direction in which the school is heading. Josie designed some of the school clothing this year, and the UTS tree also featured prominently in those designs. Is design in Josie’s future? “Not academically,” she says. “I do it for enjoyment now. I am considering starting up a design company on the side, though.” In the fall, Josie will be attending McMaster University for Health Sciences.

Centennial Art Exhibition Our Centennial celebrations are close at hand, and the Centennial Art Committee is planning to host an exhibition in the Spring of 2010 as part of these celebrations. All alumni, students, and faculty are invited to participate. Recent art work (or work you plan to create for the occasion) in 2D, 3D, or photographic media is welcome. For more information, please e-mail by April 30, 2009.

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UTS Centennial Co-Chairs Penny Harbin ’78 and Cindia ChauBoon are pleased to announce Josie Xu ’08 as winner of the Centennial logo contest. Her winning design was selected from many creative entries from the talented UTS community

– including alumni, parents, staff, and students. Josie’s design will be featured on the UTS website, Centennial displays, merchandise, and more!

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t. Andrews Valley Golf Club in Aurora was the setting for another successful UTS Alumni Golf Tournament. Aside from handing out prizes in a variety of categories to individuals who distinguished themselves on the links (as noted below), the highlight of the day was the presentation of a new trophy named “The Donald H. Borthwick Legends Trophy” in honour of Don’s retirement as the UTS Alumni Executive Director and for the many, many services he has provided to UTS during his long association with “the Schools”. It was good to see so many alumni enjoying the golf and camaraderie this event provides, and I hope to see everyone back again next year – along with some new faces. My thanks to the other members of the Committee, Don Borthwick ’54 and Nick Smith ’63, for their help and support. Peter Frost ’63

congratulations go to: Low Gross Winner of the UTS Old Boys’ Past President’s Trophy: Nick Smith ’63


Low Net Winner of the Hargraft Trophy: Don Cockburn ’47

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President’s Trophy for low gross for alumni between 40 and 50 years since graduation: Paul Bates ’63 Borthwick Trophy (formerly Legends’ Trophy) for low gross over 50 years since graduation: Steve Lowden ’56 Don Kerr ’39 Trophy for most honest golfer: Randy Spence ’63 D. R. Jolley Memorial Trophy: Class of 1963 (Nick Smith, Peter Frost, James Fowell, Paul Bates, Randy Spence)


Longest drive: David Allen ’78 (White Tees), Jake Avery ’47 (Red Tees) Shortest drive: John Wilkinson ’78

1. Low Net Winner: Don Cockburn ’47 2. President’s Trophy winner Paul Bates ‘63 with tournament organizer Peter Frost ‘63. 3. Borthwick Trophy

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uts Alumni News Notes on the interesting lives and outstanding achievements of our alumni. John C. Polanyi ’45 was awarded the Gerard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, which recognized his distinguished career of breakthrough research and his outstanding contributions to society. John receives $1,000,000 over five years to further his research. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work uncovering the movements of molecules in chemical reactions.

Peter Russell ’51 recently published the textbook Two Cheers for Minority Government: The Evolution of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. In his book, Peter argues that Canadians are better served by minority governments than by false majorities – the too-common scenario in which a party wins a commanding majority of seats with fewer than half the votes cast. This is the first book-length study of minority government in Canada.

John W. P. Bryan

1921 2008

A dedicated servant to Crown and Country.


fter a lifetime of service to Crown and Country, John Bryan, Class of 1939, passed away suddenly yet peacefully at his home on May 24, 2008, in his eightyseventh year. John started his military career as a young man at UTS, where he was a Cadet Corps Officer and Captain of A Company. He was a skilled fencer, and a member of the championship fencing team in his senior year. After UTS, John attended Royal Military College (RMC). During World War II, he served as a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment (2RCR). He was posted to Sicily, where he was wounded, followed by a tour of duty in Holland. After the war, John continued his military career, completing the Canadian War Staff Course 12. During the early 1950s, he became the Director of Infantry, National Defence Headquarters, in Ottawa. In 1957, he earned the rank of


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Commanding Officer, 2RCR. In 1958, John joined the Joint Services Staff College in Latimer, UK. From 1958 to 1960, he was at CALE in Grosvenor Square, London, UK. John earned his BA at Queen’s University in 1963, and served a secondment at External Affairs in Ottawa during the mid-1960s. In 1972, he retired as professor at Armour Heights Staff College. In 1996, he received his B.MSC (Honours) from RMC. John was also an active member of his community, serving as Executive Director of Toronto Redevelopment Advisory Commission from 1974 to 1986. He was a member of the Don Valley West Liberals and the Fort York Legion. He is survived by former wife Margaret Adamson Bryan Rutledge and sons Ted, Lawrence ’67, and Jamieson ’71. Includes Globe and Mail excerpts.

Bill Saunderson ’52, Chair of the UTS Foundation, was appointed Chair of the Trinity College Strength to Strength Endowment Campaign at University of Toronto. The campaign will raise $15M to endow student scholarships, fund academic dons who advise and mentor students, generate funds to support the position of Provost, provide enrichment for the College’s academic programs, and pay for improvements to Trinity’s buildings and grounds. Murray Corlett ’57 became Chair of the Victoria University Board of Regents in October 2007. Murray has served on the Board since 1998, and as Vice-Chair in the last three years. Doug Ward ’57, retired public broadcaster, is Chair of Farm Radio International Canada, which empowers farmers in rural Africa through radio. The organization researches no-cost or low-cost practices for African farmers, then distributes info packets to 300 radio stations in 39 African countries, who then broadcast it. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Farm Radio is doing research on the impact of radio as a way to improve farm practices, nutrition, and technologies. Charles Baillie ’58 has been appointed to Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year Advisory Board. Peter George ’58 and Allison Barrett welcomed daughter Lily Rose Gwendolyn Jiao Jiao on January 31, 2008, in Hamilton. Ken Kennedy ’60 retired from the Canadian Forces in 1990 after 30 years as a pilot, and has been flying ultralight aircraft since then. He writes that he is enjoying domestic life, visiting his grandson, maintaining a “rustic charmer” cottage on a Georgian Bay island, and exploring the continent in a 19-foot RV. Alex Potts ’61 gave the 2008 Slade Lectures in the history of art at the University of

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Peter Hunter


Decorated soldier, successful businessman, dedicated volunteer.


eter Hunter, Class of 1949, passed on July 2, 2008 at the age of 77. Peter had a distinguished record of service in the military, corporate, and volunteer sectors, and had a lifelong relationship with UTS. In 1965, he served as President of the UTS Old Boys’ Association. In 1999, during his service as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Governor General’s Horse Guards, Peter returned to UTS on Remembrance Day as an honoured guest and speaker. Throughout his life, he was actively involved with the Class of 1949. Peter’s military career started when he attended Royal Military College (#3058). In 1952, Peter joined the Governor General’s Horse Guards, commanding the Regiment from 1965 to 1967. In this post, he served as Aide-de-Camp to Governors General George Vanier and Roland Michener. He was Honorary Lieutenant Colonel from 1992 to 2001, and Honorary Colonel from 2002 to 2004. Peter was the 12th Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, serving in this position from 2005 to 2007. He was a founder and co-chair of Reserves 2000, an organization concerned about the future of the Canadian Forces Reserve. His business career spanned 18 years, including holding the titles of Chairman, President, and CEO at McConnell Advertising (1965 to 1983); and VP, Corporate Affairs for

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Citibank Canada (1989 to 1992). Peter’s commitment to the community was extensive, and he served it in many capacities. He became President of the Zoological Society of Metropolitan Toronto in 1992, and he was a Member and later Chairman of the Board of Humber Regional Hospital for 20 years. He was Director of Big Brothers of Toronto; Director and First Vice President of the Empire Club; and Director of the Atlantic Council of Canada. His corporate directorships included CJRT-FM, Institute of Canadian Advertising, Canadian Broadcast Executives Society, and many others. Peter’s awards included the Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp, the Canadian Centennial Medal, the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Commissionaires Distinguished Service Medal, and the Commissionaires Long Service Medal. Peter is remembered for his motivation, dedication, compassion, and gentle personality. Past military colleagues remember him as gracious and open, with a wonderful ability to reach out to all ranks in a very friendly manner. He is survived by wife Wanda, Mrs. Judith Kilborn (mother of his children), and children Geoffrey Hunter and Elizabeth Dixon. Includes excerpts from the Globe and Mail and the Royal Canadian Dragoons’ website. |

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Alumni News

reunited in July 2008 for a week-long bicycle tour in Eastern Washington. Their last bicycle trip together was in 1971 when they rode 4,100 kilometres from Toronto to the Maritimes and back.

Ga llery

Sandy McIntyre ’71 was named Chief Investment Officer of Sentry Select Capital Corporation. He will also maintain his

Exhibiting this fall

In Memoriam

Jacquelyn Sloan Siklos ’86

Lang and Wright on the road in Eastern Washington.

Paintings and Photographs

Future Exhibitions

George Fallis ’65 was awarded the title of University Professor by York University at the June 2008 convocation. A Professor of Economics and Social Science at York, George received the title in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the University as a colleague, teacher, and scholar. His book, Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2007. John Petch ’65 was appointed to Chair of the University of Toronto Governing Council in June 2007. He has been a member of the Council since 2002, serving as Vice-Chair from 2005 to 2007.

Kasper Podgorski ’04 Kim Lee Kho ’81 Baillie Card ’05 Margaret Krawecka ’96 Adele Madonia ’03 More information about the Centennial Exhibition is coming soon. Watch for an update from the Centennial Art Committee. The Keys Gallery is located in Room 107A at UTS. If you would like to exhibit, contact Ann Unger, retired staff, (416) 932-1963 or e-mail t h e root : t h e u t sforafurther lu m n iinformation. magazine | 26

Oxford. The Slade Lectures are among the most prestigious in the world of art scholarship. He spoke on Jean Dubuffet, Robert Rauschenbert, and other artists working in Europe and America since 1945. Alex is currently a professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Michigan.


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Ian L. Jennings ’33

July 31, 2008

Kenneth F. Clute ’36

July 22, 2007

Grant R.H. Shaver ’38

December 30, 2007

John Wilbert Perry Bryan ’39

May 24, 2008

Ross Smyth ’40

July 31, 2008

George Armstrong Sherritt ’41

July 14, 2008

James A.M. Allen ’43

April 2008

Bruce M. Campbell ’43

May 5, 2008

George David Garland ’43

April 9, 2008

Jack E. Pugh ’43

March, 2008

Donald McLean Sanderson ’43

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Robert B. Edmonds ’45

March 4, 2007 August 6, 2008

John E. Leishman ’47

August 18, 2008

Bernard Shostack ’48

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M. William Wright ’48

July 18, 2008

Peter W. Hunter ’49 John Leonard Stanford ’54

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John Malcolm Davies ’55

March 27, 2008

Charles Leigh Lister ’56

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Robert L.A. Walker ’61

November 6, 2005

Jennifer E. Naiberg ’81

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Maria Luisa Gardner ’83

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Frederick M.A. Speed (Staff: 1954-87) June 4, 2008

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Stanley C. Biggs ’32

Lang Farrand ’47

David Rounthwaite ’65, UTS Board member and Secretary, is now Managing Director and General Counsel of Georgeson Canada. He is responsible for sales and business development in Canada and provides legal support to sales and client servicing teams. Nick Le Pan ’69 was appointed Chairman of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, which oversees the auditors of public companies.

Condolences are extended to the families of these alumni who passed away recently.


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uts Alumni News frederick Speed Devoted UTS science teacher (1954-87), author, artist,

1922 titles of Senior Vice-President and Senior Notes on the interesting lives and outstanding achievements and contributor to the wider teaching community. of our alumni. Portfolio Manager. 2008 Lawrence Hill ’75, celebrated and bestselling author, was awarded the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and the 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for his latest novel The Book of Negroes. Lawrence had a 15-minute audience with the Queen on the occasion of receiving the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. The novel tells the tale of a West African girl sold into slavery in 18th century South Carolina, who years later forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic “Book of Negroes”. The Book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own. Glen Campbell ’76 was appointed to the head of Canadian equity research at Merrill Lynch. Kim Lee Kho ’81 is taking part in a group art exhibition called Figuratively Speaking, which runs from Sept. 13 to Nov. 2, 2008 in Laidlaw Hall (on the 2nd Floor) at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Ten artists have created figuratively inspired paintings, prints, and sculpture for the exhibition; for more information, call the Centre at (905) 306-6097. Jeff Nankivell ’81 moved to Beijing this July to serve a third diplomatic posting – this time as Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission, in the Canadian Embassy. Alison Nankivell (née Pipa) is also posted to the Embassy, serving with Export Development Canada as Senior Portfolio Manager, Equity Department, responsible for Asia. Jeff and Alison are joined in Beijing by their sons Sam, 18, and Alex, 15. While working with the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Jeff has had the occasion to work with fellow UTS alumni, including Eric Walsh ’90, Jennifer May ’86, Rebecca Netley ’84, Matthew Kronby ’81, and Leigh Sarty ’79.


rederick Speed passed away peacefully in his home on June 4, 2008, at the age of 86. He inspired and challenged UTS students for more than 30 years, and made important contributions to the teaching community in Ontario. Born in London, England to Frederick and Dorothy Speed in 1922, Fred first joined the war effort as a volunteer when he was 17, and, in 1941, he worked as a Radar Officer in the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. He fought in the jungles of Burma for 18 months, and received the Distinguished Service Medal for establishing a school for soldiers to help prepare them for civilian life. This set his course for teaching. Fred earned post-graduate degrees from OISE (MEd) and the University of Birmingham (MSc), and wrote or co-wrote nine published works – mostly science textbooks used in Ontario high schools. In 1954, he joined UTS as a senior tutor responsible for teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Art until his retirement in 1987. In the 1987 Twig, Fred recalled how shocked he was when he first joined UTS by its informal environment, compared to the formality of his own education in England. Upon his retirement, the Class of 1987 remembered him for his class trips to the village of Norval, where he successfully combined an intense environmental study program with the fun of a summer camp. In the 1987 Twig, the Class recalled “the biology classes in room 311, and the scent of

pipe smoke and peppermint lifesavers on the third floor will remain as part of our fond scholastic memories for a long time to come.” Not only a teacher and author, Fred was also an artist whose talent ranged from illustrating his science books to lithographed drawings and watercolour paintings loved by many. He contributed a pen and ink sketch of the UTS building to the school, which was on exhibit there for many years (see back cover). In addition to his teaching career at UTS, Fred contributed to the wider teaching community. He contributed to the establishment of the Ontario Science Centre, helped to found the Association for Bright Children, and, in the late ’60s, he helped found the first school science fairs. After retirement, he developed the program for Prime Mentors of Canada and was program coordinator until 2006. Fred earned recognition for excellence in teaching by the Chemical Institute of Canada and by two Lieutenant Governors for volunteerism. Injecting dry British humour into every day, Fred never took himself too seriously. He was modest, kind, and a role model for many. His family remembers him as a man of few words, and as a man who had many interests and talents – particularly singing in harmony. An avid cyclist as a young man, he played tennis into his eighties. He leaves behind his wife Emilie, and children Anne, Jane, Ruth, Claire, and Carol. Includes Globe and Mail excerpts. fa l l 2 0 0 8


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Donald McLean Sanderson 1924 2008

Successful businessman and dedicated volunteer.


onald Sanderson, Class of 1943, passed away after a short but courageous battle with cancer at the Trillium Health Centre Mississauga on May 23, 2008. During his UTS days, he was an avid athlete, remembered in the 1942 Twig as a “swift goal-getter in hockey” and “almost a player on the First Rugby Team”. After UTS, Donald served as Lieutenant in the Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1945. He retired as Chairman/CEO of the Boyle Division of American Home Products Corporation, now known as Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Donald was active in his community, where he was a former

Chairman of the Board for 17 years with Queensway Hospital, PastPresident of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, and a Paul Harris Fellow. Always active, Don enjoyed yachting and was a keen golfer. He was a former Commodore of the Port Credit Yacht Club, and was a member of Lambton Golf & Country Club and Smyrna Yacht Club in Florida. Don is survived by wife Brenda, children Glen, Gail, and Allison, and brother Tom ’55, UTSAA Director. He is predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Beverley.

Lisa Jeffrey ’82 is proud to announce the birth of her daughter Eleanor Claire Neal on October 1, 2007.

Christine Boserup on June 21, 2008, in Denmark. John Stone ’85 and Paul Tough ’85 were ushers, and Chris Bogart ’83 was in attendance.

Chris Alexander ’85, UTS Centennial Honorary Chair and United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan, married Hedvig

Includes excerpts from the Globe and Mail.

Mark Shuper ’88 will establish a Hong Kong based charitable foundation with his wife, Winnie Shuper. Initially, the foun-

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Jennifer Suess ’94, UTS Alumni Association Board member, and Adam Segal are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgan Hailey, on February 4, 2008. Raphaela Neihausen ’95 produced Miss Gulag, a documentary about a beauty pageant staged by female inmates of a Russian prison camp. In 2007, it premiered at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, Miss Gulag has

24K gold plated, full colour, 7/8" dia.

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Janice Golding ’91, CTV news journalist, married long-time beau John Curtin on August 4, 2007. They are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Charlotte Hana Curtin on July 6, 2008.

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dation will serve the needs of children’s health and education in Hong Kong and China, with plans to expand in the future. He and his wife traveled through Singapore, London, New York, and San Francisco during the summer and will be in Tokyo in September and October.

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To order, simply contact the UTS Alumni Office: UTS 28 Coffee Mug $12

Louise Harris ’06 both pitches and plays in the outfield for the Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team. See page 29 for more details.

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had multiple showings in Europe, includSpanish, and German for the Toronto begin her law degree at Uof T. Notes ononthe interesting lives outstanding achievements of our alumni. Districtand School Board (TDSB), has revived ing a broadcast BBC television, which garnered more than a million viewers. Raphaela is currently working on a film about her family, who left the Soviet Union in 1972 to come to Canada. Kristin Ali ’99 married Alex Wall ’99 on August 24, 2008. Kristin will be joining Boston law firm Ropes & Gray LLP this September. James Steele ’99, who teaches French,

TDSB secondary-school Spanish Language contests in partnership with York U. Sabina Bandali ’01 graduated from the University of Oxford in July 2008 with an M.St. Oriental Studies, specializing in Islamic Law and Modern Middle Eastern History. She was awarded a distinction for her work, which included research on the concept of welfare in Classical and Medieval Islamic Law. This fall, she will

Louise Harris ’06 has joined the Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team, where she will have the dual roles of right-handed pitcher and outfielder. She and her teammates travelled to Japan to compete in the Women’s Baseball World Cup. David Taylor ’06 deferred his university entrance in order to perform eight months of community service work in Africa.

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Class of 1932 member devoted his life to “good for its own sake”. devoted lawyer and noted soldier who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, Stanley led a life devoted to, in his own words, “good for its own sake” for 94 active years. A UTS graduate, Class of 1932, Stanley attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1936, and studied law at Osgoode Hall, graduating in 1939. He was a partner at Biggs and Biggs, a firm founded by his grandfather, and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 1939. He enlisted in the army in 1939, joining the Queen’s Own Rifles in 1941. As he noted in his memoir As Luck Would Have It in War and Peace (Trafford Publishing) – which he completed at age 94 – he was attracted by the Regiment’s “esprit de corps”. He served as a Second Lieutenant and was later promoted to Captain. Stanley was among the thousands of Canadian soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day (June 6, 1944). He saw 86 days of front-line action until he was wounded in the leg. During convalescence, he contin-

ued on in England as a military lawyer for the Judge Advocate’s General Branch and later was attached to British counsel during the famous treason trial of “Lord Haw-Haw”, William Joyce. As well as being a soldier and a lawyer, Stanley was also a poet. During the war, he wrote “The Queen’s Own Rifles on D-Day”, a poem that now hangs in the Canadian War Museum. He wrote the piece one day in 1944 when several dozen members of his regiment were killed and dozens more were injured during fighting. After the war, he developed his law practice back in Toronto, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He practised law for more than 50 years, often providing free legal advice to non-profit groups. “He loved the law,” daughter Dinny Biggs told Gay Abbate of the Globe and Mail. “He was passionate about the rule of law, about studying its background, the evolution of law and jurisprudence.” In 1955, Stanley was named Queen’s Counsel; 40 years later, he received the Law Society

Medal for distinguished service from the Law Society of Upper Canada. In addition to his successful career in law, he was busy with a growing family as well as becoming involved in his community: in professional associations; as a school trustee; and as honorary solicitor for several prominent charitable organizations, such as the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Trust, the Canadian Opera Foundation, and the Toronto School of Art. Stanley also was an early environmentalist, starting in the late 1940s to re-forest land in Mono Township, located northwest of Toronto, eventually planting more than 150,000 trees. In 1991, he was recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources with an award for woodland improvement. His wife, Barbara, predeceased him in 2005 in their 65th year of marriage. They leave behind four children: Christopher, Barrett, John, and Dinny. With excerpts from the Globe and Mail and Veterans Affairs Canada.

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Treasurer’s Report

Strong Support Continues


his report covers the UTSAA operating year ended December 31, 2007. 2007 donations to the Alumni Association continue to reflect strong support from the alumni – despite the absence of any new initiative of a special anniversary year class project, as realized in the previous two years with the “Class of 1946 Lockhart Bursary” and “Class of 1945 Bursary” projects. Donations for the year amounted to $232,357 ($353,300 in 2006 and $194,574 in 2005). During 2007, the Association’s General Fund transferred $188,810 from the UTSAA Annual Bob Fund to specific Cumming ’65 Treasurer, UTSAA UTS Funds that have been established to fund scholarships and bursaries, as follows:

Endowed Funds Class of 1945 Bursary Class of 1946 Lockhart Bursary Class of 1952 Cossar Scholarship Class of 1953 Math Scholarship Class of 1954 Fleming Bursary Anthony Chan Memorial Fund

2007 $24,200 145,200 300 500 2,800 –

2006 $53,800 – – 2,625 6,450 13,650




Expendible Funds Class of 1976 Bursary 11,200 UTS General Bursary Fund 145,200

– 42,800



Total Gifts to UTS


$188,810 $119,325

In 2008, the Association has made commitments to transfer $137,615 to spe-


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cific UTS funds for UTS scholarships and bursaries from 2007 Annual Fund donations already received, as follows: Endowed Funds 2008 Class of 1945 Bursary $72,500 Class of 1946 Lockhart Bursary 19,800 Class of 1952 Cossar Scholarship 2,675 Class of 1953 Math Scholarship 1,790 Class of 1954 Fleming Scholarship 7,350 Class of 1954 Fleming Bursary – Anthony Chan Memorial Fund 150 Total

2007 $24,200 145,200 300 500 2,800 – –

104,265 173,000

Expendible Funds Class of 1949 MacLean Mathlete Scholarship 26,700 Scott Baker Actor-in-Residence Project 2,450 Class of 1972 Jazz Scholarship 4,200 Class of 1976 Bursary –

– – 11,200




Total Gifts to UTS

$137,615 $184,200

The transfer to UTS of prior-year gift commitments resulted in a 2007 General Fund annual deficiency of $35,364, and a consequent reduction of General Fund Net Assets to $199,521. Alumni Affairs expenses increased by 6% ($48,106 in 2007 and $45,436 in 2006), including a 16% increase in printing and postage costs. This increase was substantially offset by an 18% reduction in operating expenses ($18,565 in 2007 and $22,629 in 2006). The General Fund Net Assets as at December 31, 2007 of $199,521 are comprised substantially of cash and term deposits; they will be used to meet the future gift commitments of $137,615 listed above. The other major component of the UTS Alumni Balance Sheet is the “John B. Ridley Fund”, which was established in the mid-1980s from the

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Our complete independence will come for tomorrow’s in fouruts years students! and we must If you would like to designate a specific be ready for it. bequest to UTS or receive information on planned giving, please contact Martha Drake, Executive Director, Advancement at (416) 946-0097, or mdrake@utschools.

Treasurer’s Report

Estate of John B. Ridley ’16 (UTS Old Boys’ President 1965) to fund athletic-related projects. In compliance with current Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants requirements, the investments held in the Ridley Fund have been valued at market value for 2007. (In prior years, the valuation has been at cost.) Market value for December 31, 2007 is $400,261 – compared to $403,047 for December 31,

2006. No projects were funded from the Ridley Fund in 2007. Chartered accountants Koster, Spinks, & Koster LLP has been reappointed as auditors to the Alumni Association for 2008. The audit opinion expressed on the 2007 financial statements is similar to previous years, and it continues to be in accordance with audits of Canadian not-for-profit organizations that rely substantially on


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Balance Sheet

Statement of Operations and Changes in Net Assets

For the year ended DECEMBER 31, 2007 (with comparative figures as at December 31, 2006)

GENERAL FUND For the year ended DECEMBER 31, 2007 (with comparative figures as at December 31, 2006) ASSETS



Cash and term deposits Accounts receivable

Merchandise inventory History books inventory

$ 185,983 $ 259,962

Cash held in brokerage account




Net operating activities








Marketable securities (market value: 2007: $ 400,261; 2006: $ 403,047) 400,261



(8,653) 345,832



Graduating class banquet



Scholarships and prizes





Disbursements (UTS related expenditures)



$ 610,277 $ 462,200

Alumni Affairs Printing and postage



Annual fund



Alumni net directory










Charitable donations and gifts LIABILITIES AND net assets

General Fund

Operating Expenses

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$ 4,808

$ 38,252

Administrative services

Net Assets






Bank service charges

John B. Ridley Fund Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Net Assets





Excess (deficiency) of receipts over disbursements for the year



Cash and term deposits, beginning of year

$ 610,277 $ 462,200



Gifts to UTS



$ 232,357 $ 353,300



Donations Interest Income

John B. Ridley Fund Cash



General Fund

Cash and term deposits, end of year

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$ 185,983 $ 259,962

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2007 Annual Fund Donors

we thank you for your generous support. W

e deeply appreciate the financial support of our donors, whose generosity enables us to keep offering an outstanding educational experience to our students, with outstanding results. Whether contributions are made to our programs, our facilities, or the nearly $1,000,000 in bursary assistance given this year, each gift makes a difference. Thanks for continuing to support the UTS dream. – Michaele Robertson, Principal

A. Donald Manchester F. Griffith Pearson Morton Pullan Gilbert J. Scott Allan W. Sutherland George A. Trusler

1945 Total: $114,253 William R. Blundell Francis S. Chapman Keith M. Gibson David S. Graham Michael K. Hicks Gerald L. Hill J. Desmond Horan John H. Macaulay D. Robert Pugh J. Michael G. Scott Basil J. Weedon

1946 Total: $15,280 Charles R. Catto William L. Heath Lawrence B. Heath, Q.C. Donald B. Montgomery John H. Shirriff P. Kingsley Smith David G. Watson Peter Webb, Q.C. Warren D. Wilkins David H. Wishart


Alumni donors to UTSAA Annual Fund for the period July 2007 to June 2008 1930–1937 Total: $1570 Benson T. Rogers ’30 Ian L. Jennings ’33 John D. Armstrong ’35 James G. Boultbee ’36 Richard J. Boxer ’36 Geoffrey M.C. Dale ’36 Ralph L. Hennessy ’36 Ian A.B. MacKenzie ’36 Thomas C. Brown ’37

1938 Total: $1435 Robert P. Cameron John H. Clarry, Q.C. W.T. Erskine Duncan Donald Fraser J. Drummond Grieve John C. Laidlaw John A. Rhind William A. Sheppard, Q.C.

1939 Total: $1100 A. Harold Copeland Thomas J. Crouch Robert G. Dale Peter A. Hertzberg


Donald C. Kerr

1940 Total: $942.50 Robert Crompton Ernest C. Goggio Edward R. Hoover Gordon A. Lorimer James O. Sebert

1941 Total: $1225 David Y. Anderson George F. Bain Walter E. Bell, Q.C. Grant N. Boyd George S.P. Ferguson Richard W. Jeanes Walter H. Kennedy David H. Kirkwood Paul M. Laughton I. Ross McLean John A. Morrison J. Blair Seaborn

1942 Total: $350 J. Lorne Cameron Kenneth D. McRae

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George R. Shaw A. Cal Wilson

1943 Total: $2620 F. Geoffrey Adams Alan W. Conn H. Stewart Dand John J. Fox F. Warren Hurst T. Lorne Innes Bruce M. McCraw W.O. Chris Miller, Q.C. Charles G. Plaxton Donald M. Sanderson Joseph D. Sheard George W. Stock Donald C. Teskey

1944 Total: $2591 C. Derek S. Bate David L. Bate Michael Beer Gordon S. Cameron Douglas R. Coutts George W. Edmonds G. Dean Gooderham Gordon R. Gwynne-Timothy

Total: $4300 James C. Butler William I. Copeland Michael A. Fair B. Langley Farrand John B. Finlay Richard S. Grout T. Douglas Kent Donald G. Lawson Tracy H. Lloyd John S. MacDougall Quintin J. Maltby Richard H. Sadleir Hugh E. Zimmerman

1948 Total: $4775 Philip L. Arrowsmith John A. Bowden Meredith Coates Albert P. Fell Norman D. Fox William B. Hanley J. Fergus Kyle Frederick F. Langford Alexander Mills Clayton R. Peterson John G.C. Pinkerton George H. Stowe John W. Thomson H. Douglas Wilkins

1949 Total: $1750

Gordon M. Barratt Richard M. Clee James D. Fleck Peter W. Hunter Robert E. Logan Chris Loukras Richard D. Tafel

1950 Total: $4125 Gilbert E. Alexander Douglas J. Alton E. Kendall Cork Roger G. Crawford Henry N.R. Jackman, Q.C. William J. McClelland William J. McIlroy George F. Plaxton, Q. C. Ronald J. Richardson John N. Shaw J. Frederick F. Weatherill

1951 Total: $4345 John Catto William J. Corcoran Roderick R. Davies Robert H. Fielden George A. Fierheller D. Ross Holden John P. Kerr J. Alexander Lowden T. Gordon McIntyre Peter H. Russell William W. Stinson Guy W. Upjohn William E. Wilson

1952 Total: $3125 J. Paul T. Clough Gerald A. Crawford James D. Floyd Gordon G. Goodfellow Peter J. Harris Richard S. Howe John C. Hurlburt Leslie E. Lawrence Jack F. McOuat William J. Saunderson William Wilson

1953 Total: $1790 John R. Carruthers Edward B. Cross Kenneth Culver Martin D. Gammack William P. Lett Robert D. McCleary Alan E. Morson David O. Wainwright Hugh D. Wainwright Douglas R. Wilson

1954 Total: $7125 Robert S. Baker David K. Bernhardt

H. Donald Borthwick Douglas G. Brewer Gary F. Canlett James A. Cripps G. Alan Fleming Robert K. Gibson John M. Goodings E. John Hambley Michael B. Hutchison R. Laird Joynt James R. Lowden James I. MacDougall Gordon A. MacRae D. Keith Millar John D. Murray Desmond M. O’Rorke William R. Redrupp John S. Rodway Gordon R. Sellery John L. Stanford John H. Wait Roger K. Watson

1955 Total: $2775 Harold L. Atwood David R. Brillinger John R. Gardner R. Allan Hart William T. Hunter Martin Jerry Howard D. Kitchen Robert K. Metcalf Anthony Morrison Ronald H. Raisman H. Thomas Sanderson Peter G. Saunderson Ian M. Smith William H. Taylor

1956 Total: $2175 Frank E. Collins Darcy T. Dingle John L. Duerdoth Joseph F. Gill R. E. I. Graham Ryan R. Kidd Steve B. Lowden James C. McCartney, Q.C. Arthur R. Scace Peter D. Scott John V. Snell Charles F. Snelling Douglas I. Towers

1957 Total: $1900 Roger J. Ball Robert M. Culbert C. A. Campbell Fraser Robert A. Gardner James D. Graham Bruce M. Henderson David W. Kerr Stephen A. Otto Alan B. Perkin John G. Sayers Robert W. Waddell

Douglas Ward

1958 Total: $4250 George M. Carrick Arthur D. Elliott Richard H. Farr Peter J. George Bruce E. Houser William G. Leggett Robert E. Lord Ross E. McLean James R. Mills David P. Ouchterlony Douglas G. Peter James M. Spence, Q.C. Joseph A. Starr D. Nico Swaan Rein C. Vasara William R. Weldon Barry N. Wilson

1959 Total: $875 Donald G. Bell Alexander A. Furness W.L. Mackenzie King John H. Lynch Ian A. Shaw John A. Sloane James P. Stronach Ian C. Sturdee

1960 Total: $1400 Howard B. Eckler John R.D. Fowell Robert P. Jacob Peter C.S. Nicoll R. Malcolm Nourse Robert J. Tweedy

1961 Total: $3490 Norman R. Flett Richard S. Ingram Jon R. Johnson John I. Laskin Peter B. MacKinnon Paul N. Manley James E. Shaw

1962 Total: $2300 Leonard M. Dudley Gordon R. Elliot David A. Galloway Robert H. Kidd Donald A. Laing Donald A. McMaster David S. Milne Bryce R. Taylor Wayne D. Thornbrough Allan G. Toguri


John R. Kelk W. Niels F. Ortved Nicholas A. Smith W. Randall Spence

Brian W. Wistow

David G. Stinson Paul H. Wright


1964 Total: $1778 J. David Beattie Charles G. Bragg James S. Cornell Collin M. Craig William R. Jones Michael F. Kimber Robert D. Lightbody Ian M. Mason Timothy J. Richardson Michael J. Ross Peter W. Snell George E. Swift J. Joseph Vaughan


Total: $1170 Richard J. Boxer Cuthbert Coatsworth Michael R. Curtis Richard N. Donaldson Peter C. Donat W. Scott Morgan Jeffrey C. Simpson

1968 Total: $500 John R. Collins R. Jamieson Halfnight E. Nicolaas Holland J. Wayne W. Jones John B. Lanaway

1969 Total: $1050 John M. Bohnen William J. Bowden James S. Coatsworth Stephen C. Farris Robert J. Herman David G. White

Total: $780 Derek P. Allen Robert A. Cumming James K. Hayes Robert W. Hustwitt Peter G. Kelk John H. Loosemore Jeffrey R. Stutz

1970 Total: $2476 David A. Decker Douglas N. Donald Brian D. Koffman David Lang Peter H. Norman David K. Roberts

1966 Total: $1192 William A. MacKay John S. Rogers David R. Sanderson A. Gordon Stollery

1971 Total: $7176 Paul L. Barnicke Michael F. Boland Paul E. Brace William A. Fallis John S. Floras Richard C. Hill Robert D. Hodgins James A. McIntyre Peter G. Neilson R.D. Roy Stewart

1972 Total: $4900 B. Timothy J. Craine George V. Crawford Michael S. Daniher Robert L. Fowler David S. Grant Robert G. Hull Harry M. Lay Bernard McGarva Hugh M. Pattison Howard J. Scrimgeour Noah S. Shopsowitz R. Bruce Smith John H. Tory Christopher D. Woodbury

1973 Total: $2783 David L. Dick David W. Fallis

The UTS Arbor Society for Planned Giving UTS would like to thank the following individuals who have declared their intention to include UTS in their charitable giving plans: Gordon M. Barratt ’49 Ben Chan ’82 G. Alan Fleming ’54 Arthur C. Hewitt ’49 Robert Hoke ’66 David Holdsworth ’61

Robert E. Lord ’58 Michaele Robertson, Principal Stephen Tatrallyay ’75 John N. Shaw ’50 William R.H. Montgomery, Former Teacher

UTS would also like to thank the donors who have asked to remain anonymous. If you have made a provision for UTS in your Will, or would like to receive information on planned giving, please contact Martha Drake, Executive Director, Advancement at (416) 946-0097 or

Total: $1500 James E. Fowell Nelson G. Hogg

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Wayne D. Gregory James C. Haldenby Steven L. Morris Edward S. Sennett Jeffrey D. Sherman Walter L. Vogl Robert B. Zimmerman

1974 Total: $2050 Lucian Brenner Ian F. Crook Andrey V. Cybulsky Terence R. Davison James H. Grout Thomas A. Halpenny Gregory H. Knittl R. Peter Stoicheff

1975 Total: $1200 Paul M. Anglin Martin A. Chepesiuk Jonathan F. Lapp Kenneth J. McBey Bernard R. Thompson

1976 Total: $5684 Peter M. Celliers Alistair K. Clute Myron I. Cybulsky Marko D. Duic Scott K. Fenton Jeffrey W. Singer Gary S. Solway Martin R. Weigelin Daniel P. Wright Graham J. Yost

1977 Total: $2700 M. Steven Alizadeh Peter L. Buzzi Andre L. Hidi David M. Le Gresley Lawrence F. May David R. McCarthy William P. Redelmeier William P. Robson Richard J. Small

1978 Total: $4400 David C. Allan Monica E. Biringer Penelope A. Harbin Kenneth R. Kirsh Allison MacDuffee Laurie E. McLean Donald A. Redelmeier John S.P. Robson Timothy Sellers Ann Louise M. Vehovec

1979 Total: $500 Julie A. Gircys Andrew H. Hainsworth


James D. MacFarlane Susan E. Opler

1980 Total: $2700 Andrew P. Alberti Peter S. Bowen Sarah C. Bradshaw Christine E. Dowson Carolyn B. Ellis Kelly J. Fergusson Sheldon I. Green Bernard E. Gropper Eric Kert Rick Marin Nomi S. Morris Rush N. Andrew Munn Alison J. Noble Christine D. Wilson

1981 Total: $2250 Edward E. Etchells Thomas A. Friedland Bruce M. Grant Ping Lin Christine T. McCusker Alison J. Murray Jeffrey J. Nankivell Andre H. Schmid Eugene N. Siklos

1982 Total: $2050 Benjamin T. Chan Peter K. Czegledy Robert C. Dmytryshyn Lisa C. Jeffrey Robin L. Martin Dena McCallum Mardi D. Witzel

1983 Total: $1650 J. Samuel Barkin Carolyn E. Beeton John A. Hass Karen M. Mandel Earl Stuart Andrew S. Tremayne

1984 Total: $2450 Donald C. Ainslie Marion W. Dove Geoffrey R. Hall Catherine E. Ivkoff David M. Kreindler Michael R. Martin Cameron A. Matthew Kosta Michalopoulos Chandragupta Sooran David J. Walker

1985 Total: $1229 John S. Andrew Anne V. Fleming Carrie Ku

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Kerstin A. Lack Grant Lum Carson T. Schutze Adrian M. Yip

1986 Total: $3101 David L. Auster Tracy A. Betel David C. Bourne Paul W. Fieguth Eleanor K. Latta Paul D. Martin Mark D. Phillips Jacquelyn A. Sloan Julie Williams Ian Worland

1987 Total: $1350 Kevin E. Davis Sascha Hastings Jill R. Presser Cari M. Whyne

1988 Total: $6104 Michael D. Broadhurst Eugene H. Ho Mark Opashinov Gregory J. Payne Mark S. Shuper

1989 Total: $2816 Margaret S. Graham Michael T. Lower Jonathan J. Poplack Angela S. Punnett Gregory R. Shron Neera M. Steinke Donovan H. Tom

1990 Total: $2200 Asheesh Advani Christopher Burton Matthew G. Campbell Hilary C. Davidson Jason Fung Jessica R. Goldberg Sara H. Gray Lennox Huang Heather Kirkby Henry J. White

1991–1992 Total: $2093 Aaron M. Dantowitz ’91 Jeffrey K. Gans ’91 Jason D. Jones ’91 Karim F. Abdulla ’92 Solomon R. Douglas ’92 Oliver M. Jerschow ’92 Graham L. Mayeda ’92 Alexei D. Miecznikowski ’92 Stephen F. Reed ’92 Christopher A. Watson ’92

1993 Total: $2140 Kai Ming Adam Chan Danielle I. Goldfarb Baldwin Hum Geoffrey R. Hung Alexander B. Hutchinson Justin Lou Richard D. Roze Justin W. Tan Damian Tarnopolsky Scott A. Thompson Pauline W. Wong Veronica C. Yeung

1994–1995 Total: $1036 Aaron L. Chan ’94 Adam Chapnick ’94 Catherine Cheung ’94 Jennifer Couzin-Frankel ’94 Jennifer Park ’94 Victor Pregel ’94 Rachel Spitzer ’94 Jennifer D. Suess ’94 Ilya Shapiro ’95

1996–1997 Total: $1650 Derek Chiang ’96 Felicia Chiu ’96 Sarah Cooper-Weber ’96 Patrick W. Fothergil ’96 Jo Mason ’96 Amanda Ross-White ’96 Veena Mosur ’97 Michael Shenkman ’97

1998 Total: $1000 Lauren Bialystok Laura Bogomolny Clarence Cheng Judy S. Kwok Sharon Lee Stephanie Ma

1999–2007 Total: $4943 Alexander Berezowsky ’99 Albert K. Tang ’99 Mark Varma ’99 Michelle A. Chiang ’00 Vanessa N. Meadu ’01 Philip P. Weiner ’01 Liang Hong ’02 Kevin Keystone ’03 Johann Y. Ly ’03 James R. McGarva ’03 Nora Magyarody ’04 Andrew Player ’05 Katherine Magyarody ’06 Stephanie Guo ’07

Other Donationsltol the Annual Fund Jean A. Ballinger Bayer Inc.

Alma J. Brace Consuelo Castillo Paul C. Chan Roch Cheng Cecilia Chiang Jane L. Glassco E.T. Hill IBM Canada Limited Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity Alan D. Latta Balfour Le Gresley William K. Lee Fung Ly W. Bruce MacLean Thomas Magyarody Manufacturers Life Ins. Co. Frances M. Marin Hugh J. Mason Alex Meadu MMC Matching Gifts to Education Program Newton Foundation Stanley M. Pearl Donald and Nita Reed Don W. Reynolds Vincent Ricchio Cedric E. Ritchie James Shenkman John A. Sloane The Globe and Mail Katharine M. Thompson Ann C. Unger Zulfikarali Verjee Nancy Watson Wyeth Canada Inc.

Donors to AlumniRelated Funds George Albino ’75 Scott Baker Joyce S. Barber Robert G. Darling ’57 Douglas A. Davis ’58 Martha Drake John R.D. Fowell ’63 Estate of Vivien Nicklin Laurel H. Gray James G. Hamilton David J. Holdsworth ’61 Joan Livingston Antony T.F. Lundy ’79 Michaele Robertson Telus Communications Co. Toronto Community Foundation Upper Canada Study Holiday Ltd. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of these listings, we apologize for any errors or omissions that may have occurred.

President’s Report

of changes that have occurred – as well as clarifying the continuing key role that the UTSAA and alumni will play in the life and future of UTS. I welcome your comments and feedback; I can be reached at I had the opportunity to enjoy some Alumni events since our last publication, including the Annual StudentAlumni Hockey Game and the Golf Tournament – both of which were terrific events. Credit goes to the School Hockey Team who once again decided to take on the older and slower Alumni, only to run into the superb goal-tending of “The Equalizer” Brian Livingston ’72. Peter Frost, Nick Smith and Don Borthwick once again teamed up to organize another fine Golf Day – thank you for doing so. At the Annual Meeting this year, Lisa Freeman and Dana Gladstone resigned from the Board, while Val Muralikrishnan ’00 joined the Board. Thank you to Lisa and Dana for your time and service, and welcome to Val! Finally, I am sure that all alumni share my appreciation to Don Borthwick who has retired (“I really mean it this time!”) as Executive Director of the UTSAA. Don’s contributions have been immense, many of which are chronicled in “Farewell to the Captain” (page 18). Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts for the Association, and for your never-ending guidance and support to me and to the other Presidents during your reign. I am thrilled that you have agreed to continue on as a member of the UTS Board – your guidance is, has been, R and always will be valuable. l

Due South


n average, about 12% of each UTS graduating class decides to attend university in the USA. We polled 100 grads about their experiences at American universities; their answers were all over the map – from “fantastic educational opportunities” to “very disappointing indeed”. So why did these students head south – and did they make the right decision? Read all about it in the next issue of The Root!

Top 10 U.S. universities

“Harvard Business School grads call telling prospective employers that you’re a HBS grad ‘dropping the H-bomb’. It opens many doors.”

5. University of Pennsylvania

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1. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) 2. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) 3. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) 4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) (Philadelphia, PA)

6. Yale University (New Haven, CT)

“At the time, I was convinced that elite American schools were far ahead of even the best Canadian schools. I’m not sure that I believe that anymore, but it’s a little late to transfer.”

7. Columbia University (New York, NY) 8. Brown University (Providence, RI) 9. Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) 10. Boston University (Boston, MA)

Twig Tape 08-09 wants your latest composition! For more than two decades, Twig Tape has auditioned, recorded, mixed & produced a compilation of original works by UTS students and alumni, every year. Your submission can be sent electronically to twig_tape_producers or mailed/dropped off as a CD at the UTS main office addressed to “Judy Kay”at: The University of Toronto Schools 371 Bloor W., Toronto, ON M5S 2R7 Alternatively, we can record your song at UTS between Monday and Friday after school – please send us an e-mail!

design concept Kevin Lee

The U.S. universities most popular with UTS grads:

US Flag Photo: dieter Spears;

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In the next issue

This year, you will be able to access works of music featured in previous Twig Tapes online! If you have had a song released on a past Twig Tape and don’t want it reissued, please contact us at

For questions or more information, e-mail

Looking Back


From the

Archives: Art at uts: as taught in the class & practised on the street TOP An art class back in the early days of UTS. Can anyone identify the teacher for us? right A sketch by then-staff member Fred Speed of the UTS building as it looked around 1960. Taken from “The First Fifty Years�, a UTS publication from that time. Note those streetcars on Bloor!

100 Years of U TS in 2010!

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