Anthony (Tony) Naldrett, University Professor Emeritus, has passed away at age 86


Esteemed Emeritus University Professor Anthony J. (Tony) Naldrett passed away on June 21, in England.  

Tony joined the faculty at the Department of Geology in 1967 as an Assistant Professor conducting research on nickel deposits. He was appointed full Professor in 1972 and the prestigious position of University Professor at University of Toronto in 1984. He was a world renowned scientist with an incredible legacy of scientific discovery and the training of other scientists.

Read a tribute from Emeritus Professor Ed Spooner on behalf of the Department of Earth Sciences here:

The endowed Emeritus University Professor A.J. (Tony) Naldrett Graduate Scholarship was created in his honour to support deserving graduate students in their doctoral research.  Memorial donations can be made on our “Giving” page.

Tributes and memories can be sent to and will be published here.


Congratulations to the Earth Sciences Class of 2020 – Virtual Convocation is Today!


Everyone at U of T Earth Sciences celebrates your achievement and we wish you well in your future endeavours.
Joan De Vera
Anna Phillips
Jeremy Rimando
Weiqi Yao
Mathew Duffy
Sita Amira Anas
Victoria Arias Ordonez
Matthew Belanger
Esther Bushuev
Joy Carter
Abyan Chowdhury
Lindsay Chown
Monika Filiks
Alonddra Garcia 
Valeria Gonzales Rios
Caroline Lee
Domenica Lee
Timothy Lui
Robert Phillips
Andrew Rober
Hyun Shin
Nathaniel Spicer
Courtney Stevens
Xintong Sun
Ying Xiong
For the Virtual Convocation ceremony, you can watch on the Convocation Hub here:
You can also watch and share the YouTube Premiere and Facebook Premiere, where you can add an event reminder if you’d like.

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Emeritus Professor Donald “Digger” Gorman, 1922 – 2020


Emeritus Professor Donald ” Digger” Gorman

1922 – 2020

Professor Gorman was a highly respected mineralogist who taught in the Department of Geology (now Earth Sciences) for more than 40 years passed away on April 20, 2020. 

After his retirement in 1988, his connection to the department and his former students and colleagues remained strong.  His story was featured in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Alumni News and alumni contributors to the newsletter often told fond stories of experiences in his classes. 

Alumni and friends are invited to share their memories of Professor Gorman by sending an email to for publication on this webpage: Remembering Professor Gorman (Digger)

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:


Where to find information about U of T’s response to COVID-19


The Department of Earth Sciences is following recommendations from the University regarding response to the COVID-19 situation.  The U of T website has the most up to date information clearly posted on a link on the main page:

The Faculty of Arts and Science is sending email updates and has a COVID-19 FAQ page for students:

The Department of Earth Sciences will be communicating information that is specific to Earth Sciences programs and activities by email when information becomes available.  Please check you email regularly.





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