Ralph Holley Keefler

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Ralph Holley Keefler
Born (1902-09-12)September 12, 1902
Weston, Ontario
Died September 17, 1983(1983-09-17) (aged 81)
Years of service 1940 - 1945
Rank Major general
Commands held 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade
3rd Canadian Infantry Division
Awards Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Other work president of Northern Electric

Ralph Holley Keefler, CBE DSO ED (September 12, 1902 – September 17, 1983[1]) was a Canadian soldier and businessman. He was commander of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during World War II and was chairman and president of Northern Electric (now Nortel Networks).

Born in Weston, Ontario, the son of Joseph Keefler and Margaret Isabel Holley, he received a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1924 and later joined the Bell Telephone Company. During World War II, he was the Major-General in command of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

After the war, he became chairman and president of Northern Electric. In 1965 he was president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

See also


  • "Ralph Holley Keefler". Canadian Veterans Hall of Honour.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  1. "The Montreal Gazette". September 21, 1983. p. 84.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Business positions
Preceded by
Paul Fleetford Sise
President of the
Northern Electric Company

1948 –1964
Succeeded by
Vernon Oswald Marquez