Major General Richard Rohmer – pilot on D-Day, lawyer, litigator, journalist and best-selling author – is Canada’s most decorated citizen.
Born in Hamilton, Rohmer joined the RCAF in the early stages of World War II and flew Mustangs over Normandy and the English Channel working in the camera reconnaissance section, having some quite astonishing encounters and experiences.
After the war, he graduated from Assumption College (University of Windsor) and Osgoode Hall and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1951. He was made Queen’s Counsel in 1960 and was called to the Bar of the Northwest Territories in 1970.
A partner of the Rohmer and Fenn law firm, his specialties include corporate, land use, air and administrative law. He is also a Commander of the Order of Military, a best-selling author of both fiction and non-fiction, a holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross (OFC), a member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
From 1978-1981, Rohmer served as the Chief of Reserves of the Canadian Armed Forces and is a former Commander of the Air Reserve Group of Air Command. He holds the Officer of the Order of Leopold (Belgium), is a past Vice-Chair of the Collingwood Police Services Board (1996-1997), and is a Knight of the Order of St. John.