George Ignatieff

George Ignatieff, diplomat (b at St Petersburg, Russia 16 Dec 1913; d at Sherbrooke, Qué 10 Aug 1989).

Ignatieff, George

George Ignatieff, diplomat (b at St Petersburg, Russia 16 Dec 1913; d at Sherbrooke, Qué 10 Aug 1989). Ignatieff joined the Department of External Affairs in 1940 and developed an expertise in East-West relations, particularly at the UN, where his service included terms as Canadian ambassador 1966-69 and president of the Security Council 1968-69. He was also ambassador to Yugoslavia 1956-58 and permanent representative to NATO 1963-66. After retirement he spoke eloquently on behalf of disarmament causes, and he was named disarmament ambassador by Prime Minister John TURNER. He was provost of Trinity College, University of Toronto 1972-79 and chancellor of U of T 1980-86. In 1986 he was Brockington lecturer, Queen's U. His memoirs, The Making of a Peacemonger, were published in 1985.