Peter A.E. Johnston was born in Toronto in 1921. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (First Class Honours, Modern Languages and Literatures). He served five years in the Canadian Army, 1940-1945 (Mention-in-Dispatches), including slightly less than two years in counter-intelligence in Italy. He has been Counsellor at the Canadian High Commission in London and at the High Commission in Tanzania, and Minister/Counsellor in Tokyo. He was Ambassador to Indonesia 1974-1977, Ambassador to Czechoslovakia 1977-1981, and Ambassador to Venezuela and, concurrently, to the Dominican Republic 1981-1983. He was Foreign Service Visitor, teaching history, at the University of Victoria 1983-1984. He retired from public service in 1984.