Charles Ritchie (diplomat)
|Canadian Ambassador to West Germany|
|Preceded by||Thomas Clayton Davis|
|Succeeded by||Escott Reid|
|Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations|
|Preceded by||Robert Alexander MacKay|
|Succeeded by||Paul Tremblay|
|Canadian Ambassador to the United States|
|Preceded by||Norman Robertson|
|Succeeded by||Edgar Ritchie|
|Canadian Ambassador to the North Atlantic Council|
|Preceded by||George Ignatieff|
|Succeeded by||Ross Campbell|
|High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom|
|Preceded by||Lionel Chevrier|
|Succeeded by||Jake Warren|
|Born||Charles Stewart Almon Ritchie
September 23, 1906
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Died||June 7, 1995
|Relations||Roland Ritchie, brother|
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ritchie was educated at University of King's College, Pembroke College, Oxford, Harvard University, and École Libre des Sciences Politiques. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1934 eventually becoming Canada’s ambassador to West Germany (1954-1958), Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1958-1962), ambassador to the United States during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson (1962-1966), ambassador to the North Atlantic Council (1966-1967) and from 1967 to 1971 was Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in London.
While Ritchie's career as a diplomat marked him as an important person in the history of Canadian foreign relations, he became famous through the publication of his diaries, first The Siren Years, and then three follow-ups. The diaries document both his diplomatic career and his private life, including the beginning of his long love affair with the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen, which began in 1941 when he was still single and she married, survived through his marriage in 1948 and long periods of separation, lasting until Bowen's death in 1973.
In 1969 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada "for services in the field of diplomacy". He received honorary doctorates from Trent University (1976), York University (1992) and Carleton University (1992).
- The Siren Years: A Canadian Diplomat Abroad 1937-1945 Toronto: Macmillan, 1974. ISBN 0-7710-7526-X, winner of the 1974 Governor General's Awards
- An Appetite for Life: The Education of a Young Diarist, 1924-1927 Toronto: Macmillan, 1977. ISBN 0-7705-1573-8.
- Diplomatic Passport Toronto: Macmillan, 1981. ISBN 0-7715-9587-5.
- Storm Signals Toronto: Macmillan, 1983. ISBN 0-7715-9782-7.
- Victoria Glendinning, ed. (2008). Love's Civil War: Elizabeth Bowen and Charles Ritchie. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0771035667.
- W.H. New, ed. (2002). Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0802007619.
- Order of Canada citation
- "Trent Honorary Graduates And Eminent Service Award Winners". Trent University.
- "Honorary Degrees Recipients". York University.
- "Honorary Degrees Awarded Since 1954". Carleton University.
- "Roland A. Ritchie". The Canadian Encyclopedia.