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Golden GotliebBy MYRON LOVE
Allan Gotlieb and David Golden were outstanding former Jewish Winnipeggers and Rhodes Scholars who made their marks nationally in public service.


Golden, who passed away six years ago at the age of 92 on the west coast, had a major setback early in his adult life. In 1941, immediately after graduation from law school, he enlisted in the Winnipeg Grenadiers, who were sent to defend Hong Kong from the Japanese. That didn’t go well. The Japanese quickly overran the British crown colony and Golden and the other Canadians who survived the onslaught spent the next three years and more in a prisoner-of-war camp in very difficult conditions.
On returning to Winnipeg after the war, Golden practiced law with Samuel Freedman (see story in last edition of the JP&N) and taught at the University of Manitoba law school.
Ottawa came calling in 1951. Golden was invited to join the legal branch of the federal Department of Defense Production. He rose quickly in the ranks to Branch Director, then to General Counsel, then Assistant Deputy Minister. In September 1954, at the age of 34, he became the youngest, as well as the first, Jewish deputy minister in Ottawa.
In 1961, he resigned from the federal civil service and spent a year at the Air Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) before returning to government for a year as Deputy Minister in the newly-created Department of Industry. In July 1962, he became President of the AIAC. In 1969, when the federal government created the Telesat Canada consortium with private industry to develop a communications satellite system for the country, Golden became its founding president. The firm launched its first Anik A1 satellite in November 1972 and he received the first long-distance telephone call carried by satellite in Canada, from Resolute to Ottawa. He stepped down as president in 1981 but remained chairman and a full-time employee until retirement in 1985. He played a significant role in making Canada a world leader in science, advanced technology and telecommunications.
After his retirement from Telesat, he continued to serve on various boards including Atomic Energy of Canada, MITEL, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada, Provigo and the Conference Board.
In recognition of his service to Canada, he was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1977. He also received honorary doctorates from the University of Manitoba, Carleton University, the University of Winnipeg (2011), and was inducted into the Canadian Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Allan Gotlieb, 89, is best known as a former Canadian Ambassador to Washington.
After a distinguished university showing that included stints at Berkeley, Oxford and Harvard (where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review), he signed on – in 1957 – with the Department of External Affairs. In 1965, he wrote the book Disarmament and International Law, a book discussing disarmament during Cold War tensions. From 1967 to 1968 he was Assistant Undersecretary in the Department of External Affairs and legal adviser. From 1968 to 1973 he was Deputy Minister of the Department of Communications, and from 1973 to 1976 Deputy Minister of Manpower and Immigration. From 1977 to 1981 he was an Undersecretary at External Affairs.
In 1981, he was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the Unted States. His term coincided with the years of the Ronald Reagan presidency. He earned a reputation as a skillful and respected player in the complex world of Washington power politics.
He and his wife, Sondra, also gained a reputation for their parties whose guest lists included high-ranking figures in Washington.
After his return to Canada, Gotlieb branched out into other leadership positions. From 1989 to 1994, Gotlieb was chairman of the Canada Council. He was also publisher of Saturday Night magazine for a time. In 1992, he was appointed the Canadian representative on the arbitration panel that decided the Canada-France Maritime Boundary controversy.
In his post-ambassador years, he also served on numerous corporate and foundation boards.
Gotlieb was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982 and was promoted to Companion in 1987. Gotlieb has also been awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees by the University of Toronto and Concordia University and was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.