John B.C. Watkins

John B.C. Watkins, scholar, diplomat (b at Norval Station, Ont 1902; d at Montréal 12 Oct 1964). A Scandinavian specialist at U Man, he joined the Dept of External Affairs in 1946. Because he spoke fluent Russian, he was sent to Moscow as chargé d'affaires, 1948-51.

Watkins, John B.C.

John B.C. Watkins, scholar, diplomat (b at Norval Station, Ont 1902; d at Montréal 12 Oct 1964). A Scandinavian specialist at U Man, he joined the Dept of External Affairs in 1946. Because he spoke fluent Russian, he was sent to Moscow as chargé d'affaires, 1948-51. He was minister to Norway, 1952-54, then returned to Moscow as ambassador, 1954-56. He served as assistant undersecretary of state for external affairs and as ambassador to Denmark. Western intelligence suspected him as a security risk because of alleged homosexual contacts in the USSR and, under questioning, he suffered a heart attack and died.


Further Reading

  • J. Watkins, Moscow Despatches: Inside Cold War Russia, eds, D. Besky and W. Kaplan (1987).