Richard Gwyn

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Richard Gwyn
Born (1934-05-26) May 26, 1934 (age 83)
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Spouse(s) Sandra Gwyn (1958-2000)
Carol Bishop-Gwyn

Richard John Philip Jermy Gwyn, OC (born May 26, 1934) is a Canadian civil servant, journalist and author.

Early life[edit]

Richard Gwyn was born on May 26, 1934, in Bury St. Edmunds, England. He was the second son to his parents Brigadier Philip Eustace Congreve Jermy-Gwyn, an Indian Army officer, and Elizabeth Edith Jermy-Gwyn (née Tilley), eldest daughter of Sir John Anthony Cecil Tilley. His older brother died at infancy.

At the age of 20, in 1954, he emigrated to Canada.


Gwyn was educated at Stonyhurst College, a co-educational Roman Catholic School in Lancashire, England. Gwyn also attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


From 1957 to 1959, Gwyn was the parliamentary correspondent for United Press International. Later in 1959 to 1960, he worked for Thomson Newspapers. From 1960 to 1962, he was the Ottawa editor for Maclean-Hunter Business Publications. From 1962 to 1968, he worked for Time Canada as a parliamentary correspondent and contributing editor. From 1968 to 1970, he was the executive assistant to the Minister of Communications, Eric Kierans. From 1970 to 1973, he was the director-general, socio-economic planning in the Department of Communications.

In 1973, Gwyn joined The Toronto Star and worked as a national affairs columnist until 1985. He then became an international affairs columnist later that year; this lasted till 1992.

Later life[edit]

Four years after emigrating to Canada, Gwyn married Sandra Gwyn in 1958. Their marriage lasted till her death on May 26, 2000, due to breast cancer. Gwyn subsequently remarried to Carol Bishop-Gwyn, and currently resides in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto.

On November 29, 2001, Gwyn was appointed chancellor of St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo and was installed on March 17, 2002. The same year, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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