Soon the spirit of John and Margaret Withrow will be with us every day, when the doors open to the new Withrow Auditorium this September.
They’ve given us what they loved so much in life – the gift of music. And now their greatest gift to the school will soon be a reality.
Their legacy to our school is omnipresent: from scholarships to music awards, visits to the opera, workshops by renowned musicians, the Twig Tape to instruments and equipment, and now a 700-seat state-of-the-art auditorium in the heart of our school, the list goes on.
The couple provided what has been the most generous support for the Music Program in the history of UTS including their estate gift for the new auditorium.
At UTS, John thrived in math and science, later training members of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Music flowed through his life, with his father as General Manager of Massey Hall. When his father passed away in the Great Depression, John became the primary breadwinner for his family as a teenager and enjoyed career success at Canada Life. He married Margaret in his later years, lived all his life in his childhood home, and designated his estate to UTS. The renewed school will continue to honour John and Margaret’s legacy in the Withrow Auditorium, where the music will live on in the Withrow name for generations to come.