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DESMOND MORTON; ESTEEMED HISTORIAN WROTE ABOUT ORDINARY CANADIANS; One of the country's best-known public intellectuals was a prolific writer, an energetic political activist and a leading university administrator

Sep 28, 2019 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Desmond Dillon Paul Morton had flat feet - pes planus in Latin, as he noted - that made him march like a duck, with outward turned toes, something that dismayed his commandant at the Royal Military College of Canada, wartime navy ace Rear Admiral Desmond W. Piers.

He had chosen to make the army his career, but his pes planus barred him from a warrior's commission that otherwise might have been the due of the son and nephew of two generals and the great-grandson of a third - the first Canad...