The Hemisphere: Scholar in Politics

Reaching outside politics, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker last week picked an unexpected recruit as Canada's new Secretary of State for External Affairs. His choice: Sidney Earle Smith, 60, president of the University of Toronto. A portly, affable man with silvering hair, a booming conversational voice and a politician's knack for remembering names, Dr. Smith had never held a political office, but he is better known across Canada than many of his Cabinet colleagues.

Young President. Educated at Halifax's Dalhousie University and the Harvard Law School, Smith taught law at Dalhousie, at 37 became Canada's youngest university president (University of Manitoba), has headed...