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George Cowley

George Cowley served for over 30 years as an officer in the former Canadian Department of External Affairs (now Global Affairs). In 1965, he was appointed attache to then governor-general Georges Vanier. He and his wife, Deborah, became close personal friends of the Vanier family. He served as consultant to Robert Speaight’s definitive biography, Vanier: Soldier, Diplomat and Governor General (1970), and co-edited, with Michel Vanier, Only to Serve: Selections from Addresses of Governor General Georges P. Vanier (1970). Cowley passed away in 2006.

Bio last modified April 30th, 2019.

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Georges Vanier

His first words as Governor General of Canada were a prayer seeking blessing and humility. He lived and served through both World Wars, promoting healing and serving as a skillful diplomat.