Huron University College

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Not to be confused with Huron University.

Coordinates: 43°0′42.94″N 81°16′47.80″W / 43.0119278°N 81.2799444°W / 43.0119278; -81.2799444

Huron University College
Huron Arms.jpg
Former names
Huron College
Motto Vera Religio Ac Scientia Vera (Latin)
Motto in English
True Religion and Sound Learning
Established 5 May 1863
Type Affiliated college of The University of Western Ontario, Public university
Affiliation Anglican Church of Canada
Principal Stephen McClatchie
Administrative staff
125 (faculty included)
Undergraduates 1250 full-time
Postgraduates 15
Location London, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Colours      Red
Mascot Beaver
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, COU, CIS, ACU, ATS, CUP.
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Huron University College, referred to locally as Huron College is one of the affiliated colleges of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

It was founded in 1863 by two Anglican priests and is the oldest affiliated college of the University of Western Ontario. Huron is also home to an Anglican seminary. Huron predates the founding University of Western Ontario by 15 years and acted as a founding element of the larger university.[1] In the latter half of the 20th century, Huron evolved from its theological roots into an institution for those seeking a rigorous liberal arts education along with small classes and individual attention from faculty.

Huron College occupies traditional-style buildings on the West side of Western Road in the Northwest part of the UWO campus.


Huron College was founded on May 5, 1863 by Benjamin Cronyn and Isaac Hellmuth, as an evangelical low church alternative to the high church Trinity University in Toronto.[2] The first class of 13 students were taught by Isaac Hellmuth (Huron's first Principal) in the winter of 1863.

The Right Reverend Benjamin Cronyn.
The Right Reverend Isaac Hellmuth.

The evangelical section of the Church of England obtained a charter for Huron College, under the name of the Western University of London in 1878.[3] It has been a University of Western Ontario founding institution since 1878 (The oldest affiliated college of the University of Western Ontario) .[2]

William A. Joanes (architect) designed an addition to Huron College's original property in 1891.[4]

Over one-fifth of Canadian Anglican chaplains who served in the First and Second World Wars were trained at Huron.[5] A plaque was unveiled on 11 November 1997 to commemorate the lives of 18 Huron graduates who died in the First and Second World Wars.[5]

Its original property, known as Rough Park, occupied the block bounded by Grosvenor, St. George and St. James Streets. In 1951, Huron moved to its present location and has since seen a growth in not only student enrollment, but also in its residence facilities, classrooms, library, and faculty offices. Huron's faculty of Arts and Social Science has been in partnership with the University of Western Ontario since 1956.

An Act respecting Huron University College was given Royal Assent on June 23, 2000.[6] The name was changed to Huron University College on June 23, 2000.[7] The Huron University College Corporation's Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on September 15, 2005.[8]


The Strategic plan for 2005-2010 aims to "nurture a sense of community respectful of individual differences and responsive to individual needs; to support an active student life which encourages the personal and intellectual growth of its members; and, through its chapel and theological programs, to affirm its heritage as an Anglican college."


The areas of study offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Science are as follows:[9]

  • Economics and Management and Organizational Studies (MOS)
  • Centre for Global Studies
  • English
  • French Studies
  • Chinese, Japanese and East Asia Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

The areas of study offered by the Faculty of Theology are as follows:[9]

  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts (Theology)

The Faculty of Theology has a student enrolment of 20 full-time students in its Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies programs. The Faculty of Theology has appointed Ingrid Mattson as the Chair for Islamic Studies.

Features and buildings[edit]

Rough Park, its original property, occupied the block bounded by Grosvenor, St. George and St. James Streets in London Ontario. In 1951, Huron moved to its present location steps from the University of Western Ontario.

Huron is located on the western side of Western Road, across from the centre of the University of Western Ontario Main Campus. The University Community Centre (UCC) and the Weldon Library are also nearby.

The administrative wing includes the Silcox Memorial Library, great hall and the chapel. The Valley wing includes Jago courtyard and classrooms. The Huron dining hall is steps from the Western campus. Classroom W12, one of Huron's largest classrooms which holds 120 seats is used for many first year courses and larger lectures.The Kingsmill Room in Huron's main building is used for larger events such as convocations and guest lectures.


Huron is also home to the collegiate-style Chapel of St. John the Evangelist which was built in the 1950s to replace the original chapel. The chapel has a seating capacity of 160 and includes a Casavant organ. There are also a number of Orthodox icons including a 19th-century hand-painted Russian icon of the Holy Trinity. The chapel is open to students of all denominations.[10]

Silcox Memorial Library[edit]

The Huron University College Library is located on the main floor of the administration wing of the Huron campus. The Library houses a 165,000 volume collection in the humanities and social sciences as well as The Kimel Family Information Commons, with 20 PC workstations and wireless access. Comfortable reading alcoves, and private group study rooms are available in addition to personal study carrels. All registered students, faculty and staff at Huron and Western, as well as qualified guest borrowers, may borrow from Huron Library.


Hellmuth Hall is a co-ed residence and houses approximately 98 Huron students. O'Neil Ridley is a co-ed dormitory housing 185 Huron first year and upper year students. Southwest Residence is a suite-style residence building that houses approximately 56 first year and upper year students. Huron has five houses right on its campus that are available exclusively for upper year student housing. Three of these houses are located on campus while the other two are on Western Road. Brough Guest House is located on the Huron campus and is available to visitors who require overnight accommodation at Huron and is available to rent for corporate and private affairs.

Principals of Huron[edit]

  • The Ven. Isaac Hellmuth, D.D. 1863-1866
  • The Rev. William Wickes, M.A. 1866-1868
  • The Rev. Isaac Brock, M.A. 1868-1872
  • The Very Rev. Michael Boomer, LL.D. 1872-1885
  • The Rev. R.G. Fowell, M.A. 1885-1890
  • The Rev. H.G. Miller, M.A. 1890-1895
  • The Rev. B. Watkins, M.A. 1895-1901
  • The Rev. C.C. Waller, M.A., D.D. 1902-1941
  • The Rev. A.H. O'Neil, M.A., D.D. 1941-1952
  • The Rev. W.R. Coleman, M.A., S.T.M., D.D. 1952-1960
  • The Rt. Rev. W.A. Townshend, (Acting Principal) 1961-1962
  • The Ven. Dr. J.G. Morden, B.A., B.D., S.T.M., D.Th., D.D., L.L.D. 1962-1984
  • Dr. J.A. Trentman B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 1984-1985
  • Prof. F.W. Burd (Acting Principal) 1985-1987
  • Dr. C. J Jago, B.A., Ph.D 1987-1995
  • Dr. T. Fulton (Acting Principal) 1995-1996
  • Dr. D. Bevan, B.A., M.A., Mes. L., Ph.D. 1996-2001
  • Dr. R. Lumpkin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D 2001-2010
  • Dr. T. Fulton (Acting Principal) October 2010-June 2011
  • Dr. S. McClatchie, B.Mus., Ph.D (July 2011 – Present)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Murray Llewellyn Barr 'A century of medicine at Western: a centennial history of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1977)
  • John R. W. Gwynne-Timothy 'Western's first century' (London: University of Western Ontario, 1978)
  • Ruth Davis Talman 'The beginnings and development of the University of Western Ontario, 1878-1924.' (MA Thesis, University of Western Ontario, 1925)
  • James J. Talman 'Huron College 1863-1963' (London, University of Western Ontario, 1963)


  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ a b University of Western Ontario
  3. ^ The Project Gutenberg EBook #6466 of 'The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People, A historical review' by John George Bourinot, House of Commons, Ottawa, February 17th, 1881
  4. ^ A. Joanes (architect)
  5. ^ a b Heritage Projects
  6. ^ Huron University College Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. Pr8 - Bill Pr24
  7. ^ More About Huron (Huron College: London, Ontario)
  8. ^ Arms and Badge
  9. ^ a b Academics. "Huron University College Website". Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  10. ^ Huron chapel
  11. ^ "Huron University College News Letter, page 5" (PDF). Huron University College at Western. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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