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Diplomat and University Provost
Passed away peacefully in Ottawa on Monday October 29 at the age of 83. Survived by his loving and beloved wife of forty-three years, Pamela, and his son Christopher, whose presence was a tower of strength for him toward the end of his life. Predeceased by his parents, Cecil Ivor Delworth and Jessie Strang Corry, his stepmother Edna Edith Shaw and his older brother John Corry Delworth.
Tom joined the Foreign Service in 1956 and spent the next thirty seven years in a variety of assignments at home and abroad, 22 of those years at the senior official/head of post level. He served inter alia as Ambassador to Indonesia 1970-1974, to Sweden 1984-1987, and to Germany 1988-1992 (including Head of the Military Mission in Berlin), as well as Ambassador/Head of Delegation to three major international Conferences on European Security: Geneva 1974-1975, Belgrade 1977-1978 and Sweden 1984-1987. In Ottawa 1978-1984, he headed the Asia Pacific Affairs Bureau for some years as Assistant Undersecretary before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister for Political Affairs and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister.
Following a distinguished career in the Department of Foreign Affairs, with a record of high achievement, notably in the Asia Pacific world and in Europe, as well as in senior positions at HQ in Ottawa, Tom retired in 1993. Thereafter he devoted himself to teaching International Relations at the Universities of Toronto (Bissell Chair), Trinity College U of T; Queens (Skelton-Clark Visiting Fellow); and later Carleton (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs). Subsequently he was appointed Provost of Trinity College 1996-2002 and upon his retirement received the title of Provost Emeritus. He was recently honoured by the College with the bestowal of its highest honour, an Honorary Fellowship. He is a Special Fellow of Massey College and a member of the Chancellor's Council at Victoria University. His final years found him passionately involved in community volunteer work in Ottawa as Vice Chairman of the Board of Opera Lyra Ottawa and Chairman of the Board of the Rockliffe Park Foundation. His death brings to a close almost 50 years of outstanding service to his country and his fellow Canadians.
Our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate nurses, caregivers and many personal and professional friends who offered support. A memorial service will be held at the Church of St Bartholomew, 125 Mackay Street, Ottawa, Thursday November 15 at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation to a living memorial in Tom's name might direct their attention to "The Provost Delworth Graduation Awards" at the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1H8. More information may be had by contacting the Bursar: 1-416-978-3058


Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 7, 2012
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