Ron Wonnacott

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WONNACOTT, Ronald Johnston

          Dr. Wonnacott peacefully passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at University Hospital, London. Ron was 87 years old. Beloved husband of Eloise Wonnacott for 63 years. Loving father of Doug (Debi) of Houston TX, Rob (Nathalie) of Calgary AB and Cathy Long (Greg) of Seattle WA. Also loved by his grandchildren Brandon, Jason (Mallory), Victoria, Ben, Devin, Tanner and Adam. Great grandfather to Ryan, Carter and Allie. Dear brother of Paul (Donna), Tom (Elizabeth), Joy Becker (Lorne), and Alma Scovil (Peter).

           Thank you for the care and support from Gemma Romasanta, Deb Wieckowski and all the staff at Windermere On The Mount and University Hospital.

          Ron received a BA in 1955 from the University of Western Ontario, where he was Student Council President. He received an AM (1957) and PhD (1959) in economics from Harvard. Except for brief appointments at the Harvard Law School, University of Minnesota and London School of Economics, his teaching career was at the University of Western Ontario from 1958 until his retirement in 1996.

He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a former president of the Canadian Economics Association and William G. Davis Professor of International Trade at the University of Western Ontario. He received an honorary LLD from Western in 2001.

His publications were extensive and often in cooperation with his brothers. He wrote about international trade including Canadian-American Dependence. With his brother Paul, he published a study on Free Trade between Canada and the United States: The Potential Economic Effects (Harvard University Press, 1967). This helped to revive the debate over reciprocity in Canada and culminated in the 1989 Canada-US free trade agreement. Ron and Paul also collaborated on numerous micro and macroeconomics books.   

He wrote journal articles on a broad range of topics, in particular, on customs union theory, the Canada-US Auto Pact, and recent Free Trade Agreement proposals, industrial strategy, foreign investment, and non-tariff, as well as tariff barriers.  In the early 1990s he was a strong supporter of the free-trade negotiations between Canada, the US and Mexico that subsequently led to the trilateral NAFTA.

With his other brother Tom he published numerous books in statistics and econometrics. These books have gone through many editions and have been translated into 9 languages.

He consulted for a wide variety of agencies and testified before a number of Canadian and US government committees.

He enjoyed skiing, Mozart and especially golf, where he once played off 5. He was a member of the London Hunt Club, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield, and the Sunningdale England Golf Club.

Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London. Donations in memory of Ron to, Breathe - The Lung Association, would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com