Albert Edgar Ritchie
|Canadian Ambassador to the United States|
|Prime Minister||Lester Pearson|
|Preceded by||Charles Ritchie|
|Succeeded by||Marcel Cadieux|
|Canadian Ambassador to Ireland|
|Prime Minister||Pierre Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Harold Morton Maddick|
|Succeeded by||Alan William Sullivan|
|Born||December 20, 1916|
Andover, New Brunswick
|Died||January 24, 2002 (aged 85)|
|Alma mater||Mount Allison University (BA)|
University of Oxford (BA)
Albert Edgar Ritchie, Canadian diplomat.(December 20, 1916 – January 24, 2002) was a
Early life and education
Born in Andover, New Brunswick, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938 from Mount Allison University. A Rhodes scholar, he received an additional Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford in 1940.
He resigned in 1946 to become Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs Department of the United Nations. He re-joined the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1948 and was posted in London. In 1959, he was appointed Assistant Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs. He served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for External Affairs from August 1964 until July 1966. From 1966 to 1970, he was the Canadian ambassador to the United States. From 1970 to 1974, he held the top job in Canada's foreign service as Under Secretary of State for External Affairs. From 1976 to 1980, he was the Canadian ambassador to Ireland.
In 1973 he received the Government of Canada Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award. In 1975 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.