H18424, Sir David Daniel RUDDY NN, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D, K*CHS, KCLJ, FRSA, FRSAI, FSA.Scot, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2011, at the age of 87 years. David Ruddy will be lovingly remembered by his beloved companion John Lucas, niece Mary Ann Ruddy and nephews Cornelius Ruddy and Robert (Joelle) Ruddy and their families and many friends around the world. Born in New York, New York, on June 14, 1923, to Cornelius Joseph and Mary Theresa (Foley) Ruddy. He attended Fordham University N.Y. and received his B.SC. in 1947 and his M.A. in 1949. He later attended St. Andrew’s University and received his Ph.D in 1952. Several teaching posts were held after receiving his Ph.D and from 1963-1988 he was a Professor of History and Political Science College militaire royal de St-Jean (CMR) until retirement in 1988. It was during his retirement that he moved to Victoria where he has resided since 1999. Notable accomplishments include 1st Pres., Organ. of Military Museums of Canada, Inc.; former Pres., Heraldry Soc. of Can., Pres., Nelson Delta Corp.; Armigerous by grant; Letters Patent of the Chief Herald of Ireland 27 May 1988; Registered in Public Register of Arms; Flags and Badges of Canada; recipient, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977; Award of Merit, Heraldry Society of Canada 1978; Canada 125 Medal 1993; 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; Canada Council Award; Niadh Nask; Fellow, Royal Soc. of Antiquaries of Ireland, Knight Commander, Order of St. Lazarus; Chevalier, Ordo Constantini Magni; Contrib. Ed. Heraldic Mottoes of Canadian Universities and Colleges; Dictionary of Cdn Biography V (1801-20); mentioned in Debrett’s The Canadian Establishment; Capt./ Lt. 78th Fraser Highlanders; Gov., Montreal General Hospital, mem.; Ctte. of Museums Arch. and Hist.; Internat. Ctte. Museums, UNESCO; BD of Dirs., Quebec Council, St. John Ambulance 1987 97, Public Affairs Ctte. 1988 97; mem. Royal Cdn. Legion; The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; N. Am Vexillological Assn.; Cdn. Flag Assn.; St. Patrick’s Soc. of Montreal; The Heraldry Soc. of Scotland, of Ireland and of Canada; Archaeological Inst. of Am; N.Y. Academy of Sciences; Cdn. Council of Christians and Jews; Hon. Mem., Black Watch Mess, Montreal; Life Mem., Sampson World War II Navy Veterans Assn.; St. Andrew’s Soc. of Montreal; David was beloved by all who knew him for his wit, humor, intelligence and charm. Throughout a long illness he was ever joyous, hopeful and brave.
The above biography was originally posted in the April 25th, 2011 issue of Everitas, available here.