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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela epitomized courage, integrity, and wisdom. His unflinching dedication to human rights for all people – in the face of unimaginable personal suffering and injustice – was matched by an incisive intellect and a profound capacity for judgement that somehow combined diplomacy with unyielding principle.

Mr. Mandela is a towering figure in the history of the world. He remains a singular inspiration and a source of hope and optimism, not least for the faculty, students, staff, and alumni of the University of Toronto.

I believe I speak for the entire University community when I express heartfelt sadness at the news of Mr. Mandela’s death, even as we celebrate his unparalleled generosity of spirit and extraordinary life.


Meric Gertler

To send a personal message of condolence to the Mandela family, please visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation online at