Ray Beachey

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Raymond Wendell Beachey (24 October 1915 – 10 July 2010) was a Canadian educator, historian and academic best known for his work at Makerere University in Uganda in the 1950s and 1960s. In this capacity he tutored many important African leaders including Benedicto Kiwanuka, Yusuf Lule and Mwai Kibaki, but was concerned that Uganda was not ready for independence at the time it was granted and saw the dicatorial regimes of Idi Amin and Milton Obote as the result of the haste with which the British withdrew from the country. He was also an historian of East Africa and published a number of important reference works on the subject. Beachey was born in the village of Trout Creek, Ontario, and worked at logging camps to pay for his education before obtaining a job in fianance in Ottawa and subsequently joining the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He served in Europe and saw action, but suffered from depression and spent some time in a psychiatric unit. After the war he married Urusula Molloy and returned to Canada, taking a degree at Queen's University in Ontario followed by a PhD in Imperial History at the University of Edinburgh. On graduation, Beachey took a  ( Wikipedia article )


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