General Rohmer is:
Honorary Chief, Toronto Emergency Medical Services
Honorary Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police
An Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) Chancellor Emeritus of the
University of Windsor
A Commander of the Order of Military Merit (CMM) (Chancellor 1978 ¡V 1989,
A holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) A best-selling author of
fiction and non-fiction books
A Member of the Order of Ontario (O.Ont) Military Editor Emeritus of the
An Officer of the Order of Leopold (Belgium)(OfL) Former Commander of the
Air Reserve Group of Air Command
A Knight of the Order of St. John (KSt.J) Former Chief of Reserves,
Canadian Armed Forces (1978 ¡V 1961)
A holder of the Canada Defence Medal (CD) The Patron, St. John Ambulance,
A practising lawyer, Queen's Counsel (QC) Vice Chair, Collingwood Police
Services Board (Chair 1996 ¡V 1997)
Richard Rohmer was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He graduated from Assumption
College (University of Windsor) and Osgoode Hall and was called to the Bar of
Ontario in 1951, LLB York University 1991. He was created Queen's Counsel in
1960, and was called to the Bar of the Northwest Territories in 1970. He is a
member of the law firm Rohmer & Fenn, Park Place Corporate Centre, 15
Wertheim Court, Suite 503, Richmond Hill (Toronto), Ontario, L4B 3H7, (905)
763-6690, facsimile (905) 763-6699. In Collingwood: 32 Callary Cr.,
Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 4Y1, (705) 445-3006, facsimile (705) 445-0967. His
specialties are corporate land use, air and administrative law. Land use, OMB
projects in which he has participated include Bramalea; Flemindon Park; Metro
Centre (CN and CP) where the CN Tower and the SkyDome now stand; the siting and
preliminary planning of the Ontario Science Centre.
He is a member of ADR Chambers, Canada's leading mediation and arbitration
firm, where he specializes in Dispute Resolution in: the book industry;
aviation, including airport and airline operations; military and police
matters; television and radio; land use and development; and municipal
He was Vice-Chairman and CEO of Toronto Airways Ltd. Which owns and operates
the important satellite airport Toronto-Buttonville; and was general counsel to
the Armdale Group whose holdings include Toronto Airways Ltd. And major
newspaper, radio and other corporate interests across Canada (1985 ¡V 1990).
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hollinger Canadian Newspapers
G.P. Inc. and Chairman of the Overview Group of companies. Former Board Member
of Standard Broadcasting Limited; Northern and Central Gas; Association of
Canadian Clubs (President); Mediacom Inc., Southam Inc.
He was Chancellor of the University of Windsor from 1978 to 1989. Doctor of
Laws, University of Windsor (1975). Returned as Chancellor of the University
of Windsor 1996 ¡V 1997.
Richard Rohmer was Chairman of the Royal Commission on Book Publishing
(Ontario) 1970 ¡V1972, and was counsel to the Robarts Royal Commission on
Metropolitan Toronto 1975 ¡V 1976.
General Rohmer is an on-air weekly commentator for the New VR TV of Barrie,
CP24 Toronto and the New RO TV of Ottawa; and an editorial contributor to
several Ontario Newspapers.
He is the year 2000 national winner of the prestigious Sam Ross Award for
the "Best Television Editorial" by the Radio-Television News
Directors Association of Canada.
He was the Military Editor of the Toronto Sun newspaper.
He is the best-selling author of:
Ultimatum (1973) The Green North: Mid-Canada (1970)
Exxoneration (1974) The Arctic Imperative (1973)
Exodus/UK (1975) E.P. Taylor (1978)
Separation (1976) Patton's Gap (1981)
Balls! (1976) How to Write a Best Seller (1984)
Periscope Red (1980) Massacare 747 (1984)
Separation II (1981) The Golden Phoenix: The Biography of Peter Munk
Triad (1981) Mustangs Over Normandy (1998)
Retaliation (1982) HMS Raleigh on the Rocks (2002)
Rommel & Patton (1986)
Red Arctic (1989) Poems by A.H. Ward
John A.S. Crusade (1995) Practice & Procedure Before the Ontario
Highway Transport Board
Death By Deficit (1995) Report: Royal Commission on Book Publishing
Caged Eagle (2002)
Work In Progress ¡V Fiction Borehole (2003)
He was 1984 winner of the Author of the Year Award of the Foundation for the
Advancement of Canadian Letters.
Major-General Richard Rohmer began his military career in1936, serving in
the ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) at Eagle Rock High School in
Pasedena, California. He served with the RCAF as a fighter-reconnaissance pilot
during 1942 ¡V 1945. He took part in the D-Day Operation; served in France,
Belgium and Holland, completing a 135 mission tour of operations in November of
1944. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. At 5:05 p.m. on July 17,
1944, while leading a section of four Mustang fighter aircraft on a low level
reconnaissance, General Rohmer caught Field Marshal Rommel in his staff-car
southeast of Caen and called in Spitfires that shot up Rommel's vehicle,
seriously injuring the Field Marshal, taking him out of the Battle of Normandy.
He served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1944 ¡V 1948. In 1950 he
returned to the RCAF flying Vampire jets and commanded the 400 Squadron (City
of Toronto) and 411 Squadron (County of York) in 1952 ¡V 1953. He retired in
1953 as a Wing Commander. In 1971 he again associated with the Canadian Armed
Forces as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel and later Honorary Colonel of 411 Air
In April 1975, he was promoted to Brigadier-General and appointed Senior Air
Reserve Advisor to the Chief of the Defence staff and the Commander of Air
Command. On April 1, 1976, he was appointed Commander of the newly formed Air
Reserve Group in Air Command. On January 31, 1978, he was promoted to the rank
of Major-General and appointed Chief of Reserves of the Canadian Armed Forces.
He was made a Commander of the Order of Military Merit in December 1978. He
left the Armed Forces in February 1981.
Richard Rohmer is Canada's most decorated citizen. In August 1990 he was
appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is one of two persons who is
both a Commander of the Order of Military Merit and an Officer of the Order of
Canada. He holds the Jubilee Medal, the Centennial Medal, the Confederation
(125 year) Medal, and the Canada Defence Medal (CD). In July 1989, he was
appointed by H.M. King Beaudoin of Belgium to the Order of Leopold with the
rank of Officer (OfL). In June 1997 he was appointed to the Order of Ontario
(O.Ont) and is now a member of the Advisory Council of the Order of Ontario.
He is the Patron of the Toronto District Branch of St. John Ambulance,
and a past member of the governing body of the Canadian Corps of
He is the principal founder and past chairman of Don Mills Foundation for
Senior Citizens Inc., which operates Thompson House, a charitable Home For The
Aged, for 140 residents and Taylor Place, a senior citizens recreation centre,
both of which are in Don Mills.
For his work throughout the high North he was given the Commissioner's Award
for Public Service to the Northwest Territories in 1972.
His wife, Mary-O, is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal
Ontario Museum and is on the Board of Campbell House, a project of the
Advocates Society. Daughter Catherine Rohmer is a Barrister and Solicitor.
Daughter Ann Rohmer is a television personality with City TV in Toronto.