I am writing today to honour the life of Dr. William Barton, C.M., B.A., LL.D. Dr. Barton passed away peacefully last Friday. He was an honourary degree recipient and a generous supporter of NPSIA’s students and programs.
Dr. Barton’s long and distinguished career in international diplomacy includes service to Canada as our ambassador to the United Nations and representative to the UN Security Council. He lived his life in pursuit of peace and, in recognition, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994. In 2013, Carleton University presented Dr. Barton with the Leadership in Philanthropy Award. We remain grateful to him and his family for his generosity.
Although most students wouldn’t have personally met Dr. Barton, his legacy is present at NPSIA. He believed in investing in the future – our futures. Many of us use the Jeanie and William Barton Resource Centre daily, while others have benefitted from his support of our teaching program in the area of disarmament. The establishment of the William Barton Awards in Arms Control and Disarmament, the creation of the William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs (currently held by Dr. Trevor Findlay), and the Barton Travel Awards were all made possible thanks to his generous contributions and have created invaluable opportunities for NPSIA students.
We are all beneficiaries of Dr. Barton’s generosity. I would like to invite all NPSIA students to attend a service in his honour Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Central Chapel, 315 McLeod Street. Click here to view Dr. Barton’s full obituary online.
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