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UofT holds ceremony in honour of 80th birthdays of Presidents Emeriti George Connell and John Evans

May 27, 2010

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto is holding a ceremony on Tuesday, June 1 2010 to dedicate two park benches in honour of the 80th birthdays of UofT Presidents Emeriti George Connell and John Evans. The park benches will be installed on campus grounds south of Hart House/east of University College. 


WHAT:  Park Bench dedication ceremony in honour of the 80th birthdays of Presidents  Emeriti George Connell and John Evans 

WHO:  President Emeriti George Connell, President Emeriti John Evans, UofT President David Naylor 

WHERE: UofT campus, south of Hart House and east of University College 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.


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UofT Media Relations


George Edward Connell, OC, FRSC (born June 20, 1930) is a Canadian academic. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Connell studied at Upper Canada College in Toronto and graduated in 1947. He then attended the University of Toronto, earning an Honours B.A. in biochemistry in 1951 and a PhD in 1955.

Connell worked at the University of Toronto for the next 22 years, first as a professor of biochemistry and then as the chairman of the department of biochemistry. His research included the study of plasma cholinesterase. He left to serve as President of the University of Western Ontario from 1977 to 1984, before returning to the University of Toronto to become its twelfth President from 1984 to 1990.

In 1987, Connel was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He served as a principal advisor to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (known as the Krever Inquiry) established in 1993.


Dr. John Evans (born October 1, 1929) has been engaged in medical education, academic administration, government service, charitable foundations and business. He is committed to the growth of Canadian companies and to sharing knowledge with the developing world. 

Dr. Evans received his undergraduate medical training at the University of Toronto and specialty training in internal medicine and cardiology in London, England, Boston and Toronto. Dr. Evans was founding Dean of the McMaster University, Temerty Temerty Faculty of Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario, served as President of the University of Toronto, and was founding Director of the Population, Health and Nutrition Department of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as a director of several Canadian corporations and institutions. Dr. Evans previously served as Chairman of Torstar Corporation, Chairman of Alcan Inc. and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Dr. Evans is a Companion of the Order of Canada, member of the Order of Ontario, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, (London), Master of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.