Bruce Kidd

Born (1943-07-26) July 26, 1943 (age 78)
Ottawa, Ontario
AwardsOrder of Canada

Bruce Kidd, OC (born July 26, 1943) is a Canadian academic, author, and athlete.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he was a member of the University of Toronto track and field team. He won 18 national senior championships in Canada, the United States, and Britain. He won a gold (in the 6 Miles event) and bronze medal (in the 3 Miles event) at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and was a member of the Canadian 1964 Summer Olympics team (competing in the Men's 5000 metres, Men's 10000 metres and scheduled to start in the Men's marathon). His personal bests included a time of 2:20:18 to win the Peach Bowl Marathon in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 28, 1974, and an indoor best for two miles 8:39.0 in Wembley, England, on March 30, 1964. On outdoor tracks, he had times of 8:38.2, two months later in Modesto, California. For five kilometres, he ran 13:43.8, in Compton, California, when he was only eighteen years old, and 29:46.4 for ten kilometres in 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1] A short documentary film about him, entitled Runner, was produced and directed by Don Owen and narrated by W. H. Auden.[2]

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy in 1965 from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Adult Education in 1968 from the University of Chicago. He also received a Master of Arts in history in 1980 and a Ph.D. in history in 1990 from York University.[3] Kidd has an honorary doctor of laws from Dalhousie University.[4] In 1970, he joined the University of Toronto as a lecturer. He was appointed an assistant professor in 1973 and an associate professor in 1979. In 1991, he was appointed a professor. He was formerly director of the School of Physical and Health Education and acting director of the Department of Athletics and Recreation. He is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto. On February 27, 2014, Kidd was named to become the interim vice president and principal for University of Toronto Scarborough.[3] Subsequently, in December 2014, he was appointed as the tenth principal of University of Toronto Scarborough.[5]

He is an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee and volunteer chair of the Selection Committee, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[4] In 2018, Bruce was inducted into Scarborough Walk of Fame.


Kidd ran for the Ontario New Democratic Party in the riding of Beaches—Woodbine in the 1971 Ontario general election. He lost with less than 40% of the vote.[6]

Awards and honours

Selected bibliography


  1. ^ Runner profile, Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Runner by Don Owen". National Film Board. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Bruce Kidd appointed interim vice-president and principal, UTSC". University of Toronto Scarborough. 2014-02-27.
  4. ^ a b "Bruce Kidd, Vice-President U of T and Principal UTSC". University of Toronto Scarborough. University of Toronto Scarborough. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ Campbell, Don (2014-12-12). "Professor Bruce Kidd appointed tenth principal of UTSC". University of Toronto Scarborough. Retrieved 2015-07-03.
  6. ^ "Shadow of NDP waffle". Windsor Star. 9 October 1971. Retrieved 4 October 2021.