Thomas Symons

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Thomas Symons
CC, O.Ont, KSS
President and vice-chancellor of Trent University
In office
1961–1972
Personal details
BornThomas Henry Bull Symons
(1929-05-30) May 30, 1929 (age 88)
Toronto, Ontario
Spouse(s) Christine Ryerson
Children Mary, Ryerson and Jeffery

Thomas Henry Bull Symons, CC OOnt FRSC (born May 30, 1929) is a Canadian professor and author in the field of Canadian studies.

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Born in Toronto, Ontario, he is the son of Harry Lutz Symons and Dorothy Sarah Bull, and the brother of Scott Symons. [1] He attended Upper Canada College until 1942, and graduated from the University of Toronto Schools. [2] He subsequently studied at the University of Toronto (B.A. 1951), Oxford (B.A. 1953, M.A. 1957) and Harvard University.

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

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Harry Lutz Symons was a Canadian writer, who won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 1947 for Ojibway Melody, a volume of humorous essays about summer recreational life on Ontario's Georgian Bay.

He was the founding president of Trent University, serving as its president and vice-chancellor from 1961 to 1972. [3] He served as chairman of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1975 to 1978.

Trent University is a public university in Peterborough, Ontario, with a satellite campus in Oshawa, which serves the Regional Municipality of Durham. Trent is known for its Oxbridge college system and small class sizes.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) was established in the Canadian province of Ontario on March 29, 1961 to administer the Ontario Human Rights Code. The OHRC is an arm's length agency of government accountable to the legislature through the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario.

Between 1980 and 1986 he served two three-year terms as chairman of the board of the United World Colleges. [4]

UWC is a global educational movement with the mission to "make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future." Originally founded in 1962 to bridge social, national and cultural divides caused by the Cold War, today UWC consists of 17 schools and colleges on four continents, several short educational programmes, and national committees in 159 countries and territories worldwide. The UWC movement's international arm is UWC International, a UK registered charity. UWC International is governed by the UWC International Board and the UWC International Council. The executive arm of the UWC International Board is the UWC International Office, located in London, United Kingdom.

He is the chairperson of the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service. [5]

On August 17, 1963, he married Christine Ryerson. They had three children: Mary, Ryerson and Jeffery. [3]

His contributions to university leadership, Canadian studies, Commonwealth studies, United World Colleges, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and other fields has been discussed in Ralph Heintzman (ed), Tom Symons: A Canadian Life, published by University of Ottawa Press. [6] His leadership in universities and in Commonwealth Studies is discussed in Donald Markwell, "Instincts to Lead": On Leadership, Peace, and Education (Connor Court, 2013). [7]

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