Ronald was a Canadian academic, who served as the 15th Principal and Vice-chancellor of Queen’s University from 1974 until 1984.
Born in Karuizawa, Japan to Canadian missionary parents, Ronald received his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in the University of Toronto in 1952, and then went to Oriel College, Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Ronald was a Brother of the Toronto Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi.
He received a BA at Oxford in 1954, an MA in 1959, and a D. Phil. in 1962.
Ronald joined Queen’s as a lecturer in Philosophy in 1955, transferred to the Department of Political and Economic Science in 1961, became the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1969, and principal in 1974.
From 1988 to 1993 Ronald was the Director of the Queen’s University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.
In 1979 Ronald was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was promoted to Companion in 2000.
Ronald Lampman Watts died on October 9, 2015 at the age of 86 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.