Prof. Donald Forster

(BA 1956 UC) (MA 1958 Harvard)

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.