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Emeritus Professor Donald ” Digger” Gorman, 1922 – 2020



Emeritus Professor Donald “Digger” Gorman, a highly respected mineralogist in the Department of Geology (now Earth Sciences) passed away on April 20, 2020, at the age of 98.  He is remembered by colleagues and former students as an inspiring teacher and a caring person who spent more than 40 years sharing his enthusiasm for mineralogy and the mining industry with his students.   He served as President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada in 1964 and, in 2009, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.  The eponymous mineral Gormanite is named after him.


Alumni and friends are invited to share their memories of Professor Gorman by sending an email

to  alumni.newsletter@es.utoronto.ca for publication on this webpage.

Remembering Professor Gorman (Digger)



Contributions to the DH Gorman Explorers Graduate Scholarship can be made here.

An obituary can be read at this link:


The 2018 Alumni News (In Diggers Own Words, part 1 – page 6) can be viewed at this link :


The 2019 Alumni News (In Digger’s Own Words, part two – page 21) can be viewed at this link: