Dr Stuart Saunders


The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) flag has been flying at half-mast on Sarah Baartman Hall since Friday morning, 12 February 2021, as the university marked the death of former Vice-Chancellor Dr Stuart Saunders, a dedicated servant, steward and supporter of UCT.

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.

Click on the following link to watch a video in memory of Dr Saunders.