Remembering Gregory Owen Donaghy, September 8, 1961 – July 1, 2020

The Canadian International History Committee/Comité d’histoire internationale du Canada is deeply saddened by the passing of historian Greg Donaghy, a long-time mentor, colleague and friend to our entire community.

Greg Donaghy joined the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History as Director on 1 July 2019, after serving as Head of the Historical Section, Global Affairs Canada.

Dr. Donaghy received his BA from the University of Toronto (1986), his MA from Carleton University (1989), and his PhD from the University of Waterloo (1998).

He wrote over fifty scholarly articles and reviews on the history of Canadian foreign policy and edited or co-edited another twelve collections of scholarly essays on Canadian history, diplomacy, and foreign policy. These include, A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid (with David Webster, 2019), “Canada and the Challenges of Globalization, 1968-2017,” a special edition of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (with Stéphane Roussel, 2018), and From Kinshasa to Kandahar: Canada and Fragile States in Historical Perspective (with Michael Carroll, 2016).

He is co-author (with John Hilliker and Mary Halloran) of Innovation and Adaptation: Canada’s Department of External Affairs, 1968-84 (2017). He is also the author of the monograph, Tolerant Allies: Canada and the United States, 1963-1968 (2003, 2008) and of the biography, Grit: The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr. (2015), a finalist for the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Our condolences to the Donaghy family.

Obituary: Ottawa Citizen (

Obituary: Globe and Mail (

Tribute page and guest book: Legacy (

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