Reford fonds

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  • 1962-2006 (Creation)
    Reford, Robert "Bob" and McCandless Reford, Stephanie

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49 cm of textual records

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(1921-2006 (Bob), and 1934-2011 (Stephanie))

Biographical history

Robert "Bob" Reford was born in 1921 in London, England. He was educated at Winchester College, and then later at New College, Oxford. Between 1940 and 1946 he served in the Irish Guards.

After the war, he pursued a career in Journalism, and relocated to Ottawa, Canada where he headed up the Ottawa office of Radio Canada International, and wrote for the "Ottawa Citizen". He eventually moved to New York, and reported on the United Nations, and then accepted a job with UNITAR (the United Nations Institute of Training and Research) as special assistant to the Director. In 1971 he succeed John Wendell Holmes as the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA), a position he held until 1978.

He founded a consultancy group (Reford-McCandless International Consultants), which, among other projects, was responsible for the "Introducing...the World" program, an initiative aimed at promoting the study of world affairs to children in Canada and the United States. In 1985, he succeeded Senator Douglas Roche as the president of the United Nations Association in Canada.

He was married twice, first to Ginger Reford, and then in 1972 to Stephanie McCandless. He maintained a livelong interest in international affairs and world peace, and was actively involved with the Pugwash Conference, and in 1988 joined the Canadian Centre for Arms Control and Disarmament (CCACD) as a Director. He wrote numerous articles and books, including "Canada and Three Crises".

He died in 2006, aged 85, in Ottawa.

His second wife, Stephanie McCandless-Reford was born in 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri, and was educated at Principia College and the University of Washington.

She was the Executive Director of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council in Hawaii, before moving to New York to take a job at UNITAR (where she meet her future husband Bob), where she worked as a project coordinator between 1970 and 1972.

With the Reford-McCandless Institute she continued her interest in international affairs, developing various training programs (including ones for the Department of External Affairs, and in the US and Hungary). She maintained her interest in International politics, and served on various boards and organizations, until her death in Hawaii in 2011.

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Fonds consists of material related to the professional interests of Bob Reford and Stephanie McCandless-Reford. Includes mainly reports, publications, pamphlets, and other promotional material, as well as some drafts, handwritten notes, budgets, and other documents. The material covers Stephanie and Bob's work at UNITAR in the early 1970s, a collection of publications and reports relating to their interests in international affairs, and some material from the consultancy firm set up by them, the Reford-McCandless International Institute.

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