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06 August 2012

Sir Frank Berman and Dr Stuart SaundersPortrait of a stalwart: Sir Frank Berman, Chairman of the UCT Trust (left), presented a caricature portrait of former vice-chancellor and UK Trust board member Dr Stuart Saunders at Saunders' home in Cape Town.

As a parting gift, the UK registered charity, the UCT Trust, commissioned a caricature portrait of former board member and former vice-chancellor, Dr Stuart Saunders, set against a backdrop of iconic London landmark Big Ben, a London taxi with the registration plate UCT1, and Table Mountain in the background.

Having celebrated his 80th birthday in 2011, Saunders retired in May 2012 from the Board of the UCT Trust, which he established in the early 1990s while vice-chancellor. Over the past two decades, Saunders has been the trust's linchpin, spreading UCT's name in Great Britain and Europe, forging relationships, and helping the trust to raise over £20 million for the university from foundations, companies and individuals.

A physician, Saunders was vice-chancellor from 1981 to 1996, during the darkest days of apartheid. He was pivotal in driving the university's policy to provide education of international excellence and to be a leading research university. In 2002 Saunders was awarded The Order of the Baobab, a national honour for South Africans for distinguished service to their country.

At his final trustees' meeting, Saunders said that he was privileged to have been associated with the trust, and proud of the trust's accomplishments and continuing work.

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