Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Arthur Scace

Arthur Scace (BA 1960, Hon DSL 2003, Hon LLD 2003) was a champion of education, health care and the arts, who spent his life working to build a better community.

The University of Toronto community is deeply saddened by the passing of Arthur Scace, a lifelong supporter of his alma mater and a greatly valued University citizen. He passed away peacefully this week with his wife, alumna Susan Scace, by his side. Over decades, Arthur built a powerful legacy as a passionate and dedicated community leader, supporting a range of cultural, educational and social causes. Read more from the University of Toronto

Friends and colleagues remember Scace: 

"Before there were any lawyer rankings in Canada, Arthur Scace was recognized as the finest tax lawyer in the country. Most practitioners knew him through his book, The Income Tax Law of Canada. After the extensive reform of Canada’s income tax legislation in the early 1970s, everyone relied on Arthur’s text for a clear explanation of the most complex provisions of the Income Tax Act.

What was extraordinary about Arthur, though, was not only his brilliant tax mind but his remarkable talent for leading others and spearheading countless philanthropic initiatives. He chaired the McCarthy firm, became Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and led the capital campaign to build the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts as the home of the Canadian Opera Company, whose board he chaired with legendary efficiency and good humour.

Counsel at the Department of Justice remember Arthur as the consummate gentleman. Judges looked forward to his appearances in their courtrooms. Everyone, without exception, admired and respected him. Refined and courteous to all, Arthur was the very embodiment of integrity.

Arthur genuinely enjoyed helping others, particularly young practitioners. He became a mentor, advisor, and role model to countless lawyers across the country. Arthur exemplified the tradition of service to others through deep commitment to the profession and to his fellow citizens. He will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him." — The Honourable David E. Spiro

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of our former partner, Arthur Scace, at age 81 on May 3, 2020 in Toronto. Arthur studied at U of T obtaining a BA, at Harvard obtaining an MA, was a Rhodes Scholar and completed law school at Osgoode Hall before starting his career at McCarthy Tetrault in 1967. Over his 33 years at our firm, Arthur was an accomplished and highly respected tax lawyer. He became a partner in 1972, was managing partner from 1989 to 1996, and was national chairman from 1997 to 1999. Arthur was a mentor to many, myself included, as well as a champion and promoter of a number of women at the firm, some of whom who went on to become judges. He was brilliant, inspiring and funny, teaching those around him that being a great lawyer goes far beyond knowing the law. Many would agree that out of all of his outstanding achievements, Arthur's greatest contribution to our firm and indeed to the legal profession was his relentless pursuit of the law firm mergers that resulted in McCarthy & McCarthy ultimately transforming into McCarthy Tetrault, Canada's first national law firm.

As a widely respected member of the legal community, Arthur was named Queen’s Counsel in 1986 and Member of the Order of Canada in 2004. He contributed to the profession by teaching the Bar Admission course for many years, and later served as a bencher and Treasurer of the Law Society. Arthur had significant influence in the business community, serving as a director on several prominent corporate boards, including as Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Nova Scotia. He also was chairman of the Canadian Opera Company and a generous supporter of many worthy causes. Arthur was a brilliant lawyer, a respected colleague and a great friend to many. His powerful legacy touched many across the legal profession and broader community, and will be felt for years to come. He will be sorely missed. On behalf of all of us at the firm, I wish to extend my condolences to his loving wife Susan, son Patrick and spouse Carrie, daughter Jennifer and spouse Jeffrey Racine, and his grandsons, Matthew, Jonathan and Adam." — Dave Leonard, Partner and CEO at McCarthy Tétrault

A widely loved and admired man and a steadfast supporter of the University of Toronto

After their years as students, Arthur and Susan maintained close ties to U of T, and have generously supported the University, through both their personal support and the Henry White Kinnear Foundation. In recognition of their generosity, which exceeds $8 million, they are members of the Chancellors’ Circle of Benefactors. They have supported a broad range of causes and projects across the University, including Trinity College and the faculties of Medicine, Music and Law. In 2012, their lead gift of $2.25 million launched the C. David Naylor University Scholarships, which recognize students with high academic achievement and demonstrated leadership excellence.

The Scaces have also funded a row of trees to be planted along Tower Road—across the street from Trinity College—as part of the University’s Landmark Project. The bank of trees will be named in honour of the Scace family and serve as a permanent, public and living memorial of Arthur Scace’s contributions to our community.

Most recently, the Scaces were among the first supporters of the University’s COVID-19 Action Fund, which is currently helping U of T researchers take action against this pandemic.

Read In Memoriam: Arthur Scace (1938-2020) at