Robert Ford (poet)

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Robert Arthur Douglas Ford
Canadian Ambassador to Colombia
In office
Preceded by Wilfrid Bertram McCullough (Chargé d'Affaires)
Succeeded by Jean Morin
Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia
In office
Preceded by George Ignatieff
Succeeded by Gordon Gale Crean
Canadian Ambassador to Egypt
In office
Preceded by Arnold Cantwell Smith
Succeeded by Joseph Marc Antoine Jean Chapdelaine
Canadian Ambassador to Sudan
In office
Succeeded by Joseph Marc Antoine Jean Chapdelaine
Canadian Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
Preceded by Arnold Cantwell Smith
Succeeded by Geoffrey Pearson
Canadian Ambassador to Mongolia
In office
Succeeded by Geoffrey Pearson
Personal details
Born (1915-01-08)January 8, 1915
Ottawa, Ontario
Died April 12, 1998(1998-04-12) (aged 83)
Vichy, France
Occupation Diplomat, translator, poet

Robert Arthur Douglas Ford, CC (January 8, 1915 – April 12, 1998) was a Canadian poet, translator and diplomat.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of former London Free Press Editor-in Chief and University of Western Ontario Chancellor Arthur Ford, he received his B.A. in history and English in 1937 from the University of Western Ontario and a M.A. in history in 1940 from Cornell University. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1940 and was Ambassador to Colombia (1957 – 1959), Yugoslavia (1959 – 1961), United Arab Republic (1961 – 1963), and to the USSR (1964 – 1980).

In 1971 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.


  • Window on the North, Toronto: The Ryerson Press (1956), winner of the 1956 Governor General's Award for Poetry or Drama
  • The Solitary City, Toronto : McClelland & Stewart (1969)
  • Holes in Space, Toronto : Hounslow Press (1979)
  • Needle in the Eye, Oakville, Ontario : Mosaic Press(1983)
  • Doors, Words, and Silence, Oakville, Ontario : Mosaic Press(1985)
  • Russian Poetry: A Personal Anthology, Oakville, Ont.: Mosaic Press (1984)
  • Dostoevsky and Other Poems, Oakville, Ont., Mosaic Press (1988)
  • Our Man in Moscow,Toronto: U of Toronto P (1989)
  • Diplomate et Poète à Moscou trans. SHERR, Robert (text) France: Ed. François-Luc Collignon, 1990.
  • Coming from Afar, Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1990.

Further reading

  • Charles A. Ruud (September 2009). The Constant Diplomat: Robert Ford in Moscow. McGill Queen University Press. ISBN 9780773535855.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • "FORD, ROBERT A.D., 1915-1998". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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