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lawyer , former prime minister Ontario

John Parmenter Robarts, Canadian lawyer, former prime minister Ontario. Decorated companion Order of Canada Knight of grace Order St. John Jerusalem; mentioned in dispatches.

Background

Robarts, John Parmenter was born on January 11, 1917 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Son of Herbert and Florence May (Stacpoole) Robarts.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Business Administration with honors, U. Western Ontario, 1939, also honorary Doctor of Laws. Doctor of Laws, University Toronto, Queen’s University, University Ottawa, Laurentian University, University St. Dunstan’s, Prince Edward Island, McMaster U., McGill University, U. Waterloo, Waterloo Lutheran U. Doctor of Civil Law, U.N.B.

Career

Called to Ontario bar, 1947, created Queen’s counsel, 1954. Counsel law firm Robarts, Betts, McLennan & Flinn, London, Ontario. Partner firm Stikeman, Elliott, Robarts & Bowman, Toronto, Ontario.

Member Provincial Parliament, 1951-1971, minister without portfolio, 1958-1959, minister of education, 1959-1962. Prime minister Ontario, 1961-1971. Member Queen’s Privy Council For Canada, from 1967.

Chairman board, director Reed Shaw Stenhouse. Secretary, director Heitman Canadian Realty Investors. Director Abitibi Paper Company Ltd., Bell Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank Commerce, Commonwealth Holiday Inns Canada Ltd., Metropolitan Life, Power Corporation Canada Ltd., Reed Shaw Osier Ltd.

Chancellor U. Western Ontario, 1972-1982.

Membership

Member Provincial Parliament, 1951-1971, minister without portfolio, 1958-1959, minister of education, 1959-1962. Member Queen’s Privy Council For Canada, from 1967. Chairman board, director Reed Shaw Stenhouse.

Member London City Council, 1951. Board of directors Institute. Served with Royal Canadian Navy, 1940-1945.

Member Delta Upsilon. Progressive Conservative. Anglican.; Clubs: Kiwanis, London Hunt, London, Albany.

Connections

Married Norah McCormick, July 6, 1944. Children: Robin Hollis, Timothy Parmenter.

father:
Herbert Robarts

mother:
Florence May (Stacpoole) Robarts

spouse:
Norah McCormick

child:
Robin Hollis Robarts

child:
Timothy Parmenter Robarts