Fonds AR309 - Donald W. Munro fonds

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Donald W. Munro fonds

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  • 1925-1996, predominant 1972-1993 (Creation)
    Munro, Donald Wallace, 1916-1998

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1 m of textual records

6 photographs

2 drawings

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Donald Wallace Munro (1916-1998) was born 8 April 1916 in Regina. He attended the University of British Columbia (B.A. Honours French, 1938), Sorbonne (1939), and the University of Toronto (M.A. Political Science, 1946). He taught at Coquitlam Junior High School (1939-40) before serving with the RCAF as a navigator and instructor from 1940-1945 at No. 4 Bomber and Gunnery School, RCAF Fingal. In 1944 Munro married Evelyn May Secombe (1903-1993). He worked for the Department of External Affairs, 1946-1965; and from 1967-1969 he served as Ambassador to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama. Munro was first elected as a Progressive Conservative to the House of Commons for Esquimalt-Saanich in October 1972. He was re-elected in 1974, 1979 and 1980, but did not run in the 1984 election. During his retirement in Sidney, B.C., Munro continued to follow and contribute to current political debate, and served on the Board of Directors of the University of Victoria Foundation. Munro died 28 July 1998.

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Fonds documents Munro's activities as a diplomat and Member of Parliament, personal research interests, and ongoing political concerns, and include correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts and research materials. Research subjects include Abortion, the Canada/Alaska Boundary Dispute, the Canadian Constitution, External Affairs, Eugene Forsey, the Middle-East, the National Debt, Sidney, B.C., and South Africa. The fonds consists of the following series: Member of Parliament speeches and other material (1972-1990); External Affairs correspondence, manuscripts and research (1955-1990); correspondence relating to research subjects and political concerns (1961-1996); research materials (1967-1995); manuscripts (1946-1993); and personal correspondence and other materials (1925-1993).

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