Saunders passes on the baton

15 December 2010
Legacy: Dr Stuart Saunders (right) has stepped down as president of the UCT Heritage Society, a position that will now be filled by Emer Prof Francis Wilson (left).
Legacy: Dr Stuart Saunders (right) has stepped down as president of the UCT Heritage Society, a position that will now be filled by Emer Prof Francis Wilson (left).

As much as he is taking a step back from his many, many attachments and associations with UCT, former vice-chancellor Dr Stuart Saunders remains one of the university’s most committed and called-upon supporters.

One example of this generosity was to be found at the annual luncheon of the Heritage Society on 7 December. On one hand, Saunders was stepping down as president of the society, which he founded as vice-chancellor back in the mid-1990s to honour those alumni and friends who had left a legacy – a bequest or provision – to the university in their wills.

At the same get-together, however, Saunders was deliberating in a corner with his successor in the society, Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson, on a funding proposal that Saunders had been plugging on behalf of another UCT entity. So even though he’d figured “the time had come” to resign as president of the society, says Saunders, he’s not riding off into the sunset just yet.


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Dr Stuart Saunders

1931–2021

The University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted an online memorial service for former Vice-Chancellor Dr Stuart Saunders on 24 February. Dr Saunders was a dedicated servant, steward and supporter of UCT. He passed away on Friday morning, 12 February 2021.

Stuart John Saunders was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on 28th August 1931. After graduating MBChB with honours in 1953 at the University of Cape Town, he did post-graduate research at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith in London and at Harvard University. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1965 (University of Cape Town). He began his administrative career as the University of Cape Town’s Head of the Department of Medicine (1971-1980) and was co-founder of the university’s Liver Clinic & Liver Research Unit (a field in which he wrote some two hundred articles and co-authored a study that has become a classical reference). He was Vice-Chancellor from January 1981 to August 1996.

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