Peter Munk, a University of Toronto alumnus, influential businessman, and namesake of the Munk School of Global Affairs, has died at age 90, according to a statement from his company, Barrick Gold Corporation.
Munk donated $6.4 million to the construction of the Munk School of Global Affairs when it was opened in 2000, then named the Munk Centre for International Studies. His foundation made another donation of $35 million to the school in 2009. The foundation also established the Munk Debates.
“Peter Munk said ‘U of T is what made me a Canadian,’” said U of T President Meric Gertler in a statement on Munk’s passing. “In turn Peter advanced his alma mater and his country as a crucial voice on the world stage. We feel his loss deeply, and we are immensely proud of his and Melanie’s legacy at U of T.”
The Munk School of Global Affairs will be commenting on the passing of Peter Munk shortly. This article will be updated to reflect that.