Higher education leader and economist Donald Forster studied political science and economics at the University of Toronto, where he later joined the faculty as a lecturer in political economy. He assumed increasingly important administrative roles at the University, starting with his role as a don in UC’s Sir Daniel Wilson Residence and culminating in his service as Vice-President and Provost of U of T from 1972 to 1975. Thereafter he served as President and Vice-Provost of the University of Guelph.
In 1983, he was elected President of the University of Toronto, but sadly died of a heart attack just 23 days before he was due to take office. In addition to his contributions to higher education, he was a member of the Economic Council of Canada and served as an advisor to several governments in the developing world.