David Walter Mundell (1914-1984)
David Walter Mundell was born on July 2, 1914 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan.
He obtained his LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1936, attended Exeter College at Oxford on scholarship where he obtained his B.C.L. and was admitted to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1939. He married Beryl Mary Seddon of Oxford England on June 1, 1940. He later married Audrey Allworth Silcox.
He worked for the federal Department of Justice in Ottawa from 1939 to 1953, arguing seminal cases in constitutional law before the Supreme Court of Canada. He left the federal government to join the firm of Manning, Mortimer, Mundell & Read (later Manning, Mortimer, Mundell & Bruce) where he practiced from 1953-1959. In 1959, he joined the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School where he remained until 1969.
In 1969 he joined the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario and was appointed the first Director of Constitutional Law in 1976 although illness prevented him from staying in that position for long. As the former Deputy Attorney General Allan Leal said, David "left a great and rich legacy" to public service. In particular, David Mundell was a key figure in the constitutional debates that culminated in the Constitution Act, 1982.David Walter Mundell passed away on September 15, 1984, leaving his wife Audrey Mundell, his children Jillian Gardner, Richard Mundell and Linda Barrett, his step-child Laurence Weldon and his grand-children Andrea and Jennifer Barrett, and Laurel, Kaljo, Christine and Allison Weldon. His wife, Audrey passed away October 13, 2003.