Mary Burton awarded UCT Vice-Chancellor's Medal

A circle of Mary Burton’s family, friends and colleagues gathered at UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price’s residence, Glenara, on 28 July, to witness him handing the Vice-Chancellor’s medal to Mary.  The award recognized Mary’s outstanding contribution to her Alma Mater, the University of Cape Town – in her work as a Member of the University Council (which she served for two terms, one as Deputy Chair), as President of Convocation, as a member of the UCT Foundation Trust and in her numerous roles as member of committees and as honorary research associate.

Much of her time as research associate was devoted to early work on her book that will be launched next week.  In response to Dr Price’s heartfelt praise for her unique and committed contribution, Mary said that the University had played a significant role in her life and she was grateful for the opportunities afforded her to be so intimate a participant in the life of the University.  This had commenced with her registration for a BA degree when she was 39 and she found some extra hours in her day after the youngest of her four sons was no longer a baby.

Together with others, Black Sash trustees Mary-Jane Morifi, Jenny de Tolly and Di Oliver were proud witnesses of the award being given to Mary, while Deena Bosch represented Lynette Maart who was unfortunately in Johannesburg for a meeting.  Both Dr Price and Mary emphasized the significance of the Black Sash in the role it played in Mary’s formation and Dr Price praised the leadership Mary has given to the organisation over many years.  - Di Oliver