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Former UTSC Dean and professor John Colman passes away

The University flag will fly at half-mast on Wednesday, January 12  in memory of Professor John Sidney Colman, age 89, who died peacefully in France on December 31, 2010. A graduate of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, with two degrees: Modern Languages (French) and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Professor Colman served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War before marrying Rebecca who predeceased him in 2007.

Professor Colman taught Political Philosophy at Oxford University, the University of East Africa, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Toronto. While at U of T, he was Dean of both Erindale (now UTM) and Scarborough (now UTSC) Colleges. At UTSC, Professor Colman served as Acting Principal in 1980-81. A popular, well-liked and respected professor in the political science program, Professor Colman was the first recipient of the Scarborough College Teaching Award. He published the book, East Africa in the Fifties, as well as articles on philosophy and literature.

Professor Colman is buried with his wife in Saignon and is survived by son Charles and daughter-in-law Pamela, daughter Julia and son-in-law Ludovic, and grandchildren David and Laura.




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