Under the Baobab: Essays to Honour Stuart Saunders on his Eightieth Birthday

22 February 2021 | Editor Dist Prof Philippe-Joseph Salazar.
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The African Yearbook of Rhetoric, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2011 imprinted a special series in honour of Dr Stuart Saunders on his 80th birthday.

International personalities from a wide array of fields contributed to the publication. Bearing witness to Dr Saunder’s wide impact: Bill Bowen, former president of Princeton, renowned physician and scientist Kurt Isselbacher, Don Randel, former president of the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Mary Patterson McPherson Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society, David Potter founder of Psion and a UCT benefactor, and former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, among many in the arts and literature.

Anita Saunders contributed drawings and wrote the opening note.

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Dr Stuart Saunders


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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