From the Fall 2006 issue of Nexus.

Victor Hum '83It was a long road from schoolyard taunts and racial slurs - from 1950s Canada, when a first-generation Chinese-Canadian like Victor Hum ('83) was far from the norm - to the leadership role that Victor Hum played within the legal profession in Toronto. The law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain, to which Victor dedicated his entire career, has recently recognized the road that he travelled as an inspiration to many who face obstacles in achieving their goals. The firm has established the Victor Hum Memorial Bursary at the Faculty of Law, to be awarded in perpetuity to a student in any year of the J.D. program who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity within the law school community.

It is a mark of Victor's impact, on his firm and his profession, that 150 colleagues and former classmates have committed a total of more than $100,000 to establish the endowed memorial bursary. Victor was passionate about promoting diversity and the rights of minorities in the eyes of the law.

Victor, who died suddenly in July 2006 at age 47, was born to working-class parents in Ottawa. They wanted better for their five children, of which Victor was the eldest. He not only strove and succeeded academically - he was the first in his family to complete a university degree, and then set his sights even higher: on studying law at the faculty. Victor articled at what is now Fraser Milner Casgrain and was hired by the firm immediately after graduation.

Victor had an expansive definition of community that included his wife and three children, his parents, siblings and extended family, and his firm. He was very important to Fraser Milner Casgrain. Chris Pinnington, the Managing Partner of Fraser Milner Casgrain's Toronto office, remembers Victor as being "invaluable to his clients for his expertise in business law and his practical approach to solving their problems."

Victor also took it as his personal responsibility to support and offer guidance to young colleagues. "He was highly respected and well liked at Fraser Milner Casgrain for his unfailing loyalty," Chris adds, "his constant cheerfulness and good humour, his passion, energy and enthusiasm in everything he did, and his concern and care for others. Victor was a wonderful partner and a terrific role model for the younger lawyers at the firm."