| 08-May-2020

Remembering Arthur Scace C.M. ’56

The UTS community lost a true champion, with the sad news of the passing of esteemed UTS Board Director Arthur Scace C.M. ’56, on Sunday, May 3 in Toronto at the age of 81.

Arthur’s legacy and commitment to University of Toronto Schools is vast. At UTS, he was involved in student leadership as a Form Captain, a treasurer, a member of the dance committee and he also worked with the Twig and played football and hockey.

“Arthur and I started grade 9 at UTS on the same day in 1951, almost 70 years ago, and were friends for the rest of our lives. We both went to U of T and we both became lawyers at McCarthy Tétrault. Arthur was a major contributor to the community all of his life.  He was a good friend and we will all miss him.”
– James C. McCartney Q.C. ’56, P ’84

A proud member of the Class of 1956, he became one of the lead funders of the Class of 1956 project for the UTS Building the Future campaign, which will receive recognition at a classroom for its impressive contribution in our renewed building. He also lent his considerable talents as a member of the Building the Future Campaign Cabinet, and gave his generous personal support as a campaign donor.

"Art joined the UTS Board in 2014, not out of a desire to be on a Board but out of loyalty for UTS and our mission. He provided sage wisdom time and time again as a valued Director of our Board."
– Jim Fleck, CC '49, P '72, Chair of the UTS Board and the Building the Future campaign.

After his time as a student at UTS, he went on to collect an impressive list of academic credentials, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Toronto (Trinity College) and the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), a Master of Arts from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, as well as a number of Honorary Doctorates.

His innumerable achievements extended far and beyond the UTS community. He was a Rhodes Scholar and a Member of the Order of Canada. A retired lawyer renowned for his leadership, Art garnered a national reputation for his work in income tax law, as the former Partner and Chair of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, and co-author of The Income Tax Law of Canada (Law Society of Upper Canada, 1972).

His significant influence in the business sphere included serving on many prominent corporate boards, notably the Bank of Nova Scotia. He gave generously of his time and talents to many educational and cultural organizations, serving as chairman of the Canadian Opera Company and working extensively with Rhodes Scholarships in Canada, where they referred to him as “one of the giants of the Canadian Rhodes community.” 

He leaves behind his loving wife Susan, and their children and grandchildren, and many friends.

“His presence will be sorely missed at UTS Board meetings and by the entire school community, but will live on in our fond memories, and through everything he contributed to UTS.”
– UTS Principal Rosemary Evans