Arthur Menzies (1916-2010) was born to Canadian missionaries in China, and he took his early education there and in Japan. After receiving an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and doing graduate work at Harvard, in 1940 he joined the Department of External Affairs.
Much of his career in External, naturally enough, was focused on Asia. His Asia-related postings included, at various times, Head of the Department's Far Eastern Division, Head of the Liaison Mission in Japan, High Commissioner to Malaya, to Australia, and to Fiji, and Ambassador to Burma and to China. After his retirement he continued to promote good relations between Canada and Asia.
That rest of his career was focused on Cold War matters. From 1962 to 1965 he was Head of the Defence Liaison (1) Division in External Affairs; he represented Canada as Ambassador to NATO at the organization's headquarters in Brussels from 1972 to 1976; and finally, from 1980 to 1982, he was Canada’s first Ambassador for Disarmament. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2001.
Apart from his career, Arthur is remembered as an engaging raconteur, an accomplished singer, tennis player, and fisherman, a devoted husband to his wife of fifty-four years, Sheila Skelton, and a caring father to his children, Norah and Kenneth.
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