Fonds F01985 - Ronald Lampman Watts fonds

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Ronald Lampman Watts fonds

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CA ON00239 F01985

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  • 1964-1992 (Creation)
    Watts, Ronald Lampman

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10.35 m of textual records

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(1929-9 Oct. 2015)

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Ronald Lampman Watts was born to missionary parents in Japan. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Oxford, where he graduated in 1954 with a second B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics. He started teaching as a Lecturer in the philosophy department at Queen's University in 1955. Wanting to continue in academia, Watts returned to Oxford in 1959 to pursue a Doctorate degree, which was granted in 1962. When he returned to Queen's he joined the political science department as a full-time member. After several years of teaching and serving in a variety of administrative roles, Watts became Principal of Queen's University in 1974. He held this post for ten years. During his tenure as Principal, Ronald Watts served as one of eight commissioners on the Task Force on Canadian Unity, which was quickly followed by other government appointments including an eighteen-month leave from Queen's, in the 1990's, to serve as an advisor to Prime Minister Mulroney on constitutional questions. Ronald Watts continues to reside in Kingston.

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Fonds consists of files relating to the Committee on the Future Role of Universities, Confederation of Tomorrow Conference, Tripartite, CFRU, Arts and Science, Canadian universities, The Task Force on Canadian Unity, Charlottetown Accord notes and various other subjects; writings; speeches; references and recommendations.

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  • English

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Open, with permission of the archivist.

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