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The Founding College of the University of Toronto

University College Celebrates Distinguished Black Alumni


As part of Black History Month, University College honours these trailblazing Black alumni who made tremendous contributions to their fields, communities, and beyond.

Roman Pitt

Pioneering lawyer Roman Pitt (BA 1959 UC) was a judge on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. A founding director of Caribana, he was recognized with the UC Alumni of Influence Award in 2015.

Douglas Salmon

Trailblazing physician Douglas Salmon (BA 1951 UC) was the first Black surgeon in Canada and chief of surgery at Centenary Hospital in Scarborough. He was honoured with the UC Alumni of Influence award in 2012.

Julius Alexander Isaac

Legal luminary Julius Alexander Isaac (BA 1955 UC) was the first Black person to sit on the Federal Court of Canada and in 1991, he was appointed its Chief Justice. He was named a UC Alumni of Influence in 2012.

Austin Clarke

Austin Clarke (1959 UC) was a celebrated author of novels, short stories, and nonfiction. A recipient of the Giller Prize and Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, he was recognized with the UC Alumni of Influence award in 2012.