Remembering our Founding Principal, Peter Russell

It is with great sadness that Senior College announces the death of our founding Principal, Peter Russell. His dedication to the College is well known to all of you, as is his distinguished academic career as a political scientist, university administrator, and one of the most widely consulted and cited experts on Canada’s constitution. Always engaged, always committed, he was a model to all of us about the life both before and after retirement. 

For those of you who can attend, the Memorial Service to celebrate Peter’s life will be on January 20th, at St. Thomas’ Church (383 Huron Street, Toronto), at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the University of Toronto Faculty Club (41 Willcocks St., Toronto), at 2:30 p.m. 

Continuing Peter’s legacy, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Senior College Peter Russell Scholarship in Lifecourse, Aging and Retirement at UTSC. The link to donate is: https://www.seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/donate/

For full obituary, see  https://www.legacy.com/ca/obituaries/theglobeandmail/name/peter-russell-obituary?id=54091992


Principal’s Message

Welcome to the website of Senior College at the University of Toronto. Senior College is an organization consisting of all retired Faculty and Librarians of the University. It maintains SC Centre at 256 McCaul St on the 4th floor. This space is available to all members and is used for art shows, meetings and monthly colloquium discussion groups.

The College mounts a vibrant academic program consisting of weekly lectures, a monthly book club, and a yearly symposium. Various more informal, social activities such as Coffee hour discussions and “Meet your colleagues” allow participants to get to know each other. The key feature of SC is the diversity of career backgrounds of its Members and Fellows and the range of perspectives this diversity brings. Please explore the “Events” button to view our past, present and forthcoming activities.

With the lessening of the Covid-19 pandemic we have returned to the Faculty Club for Wednesday lectures. We have developed a hybrid presentation with attendees both in the room and at home on Zoom. This allows members a choice of how they wish to participate. It also allows programming to go to out of town Fellows who could not have previously accessed it. We continue to experiment with this format with the intention of making it equally enjoyable whether in-person or on line.

We have re-opened Senior College Centre in a limited way. The Colloquia have returned to meeting there in person. The Book Cub has exceeded the size limitations of SCC and will remain on-line.

Over the Covid pandemic time SC has remained active and busy. In the last year, we have revised our Constitution, celebrated our Founding Fellows and Principal in a 10+ year celebration, initiated a new program, the Peter Russell Discussion, and finally, successfully raised money to endow the Senior College Peter Russell Scholarship in Lifecourse, Aging and Retirement.

One thing is for sure – it’s never boring at the College.

Michael A. Hutcheon MD FRCPC
Principal, Senior College

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