From the Archives: Remembering Captain Peers

Jenny Seeman

Captain Peers, March 17, 1927 - April 14, 2017, was Commandant at Royal Roads Military College from 1970 to 1976. During this time, his successful negotiations with the BC Government led to the creation of a degree granting charter for RRMC. Prior to this, cadets at Royal Roads who wished to graduate with a degree had to complete their final two years of study at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON. From 1973, classes that entered Royal Roads had the opportunity to remain for a third and fourth year.

Peers was himself a graduate of Royal Roads Naval College (1944-1946). During this time, he was captain of the rugby team and the college soccer team as well as having the responsibilities of Cadet Captain, and graduated with the Sword of Honour.

His message to graduates in his first year as Commandant at RRMC exemplifies his leadership and ability to inspire others:

“The world in which we live is changing rapidly and at an ever accelerating pace. Man's knowledge is growing at a rate which makes it difficult for us with greying temples to keep up. The clarion call is to youth, to you, the leaders of tomorrow, who must control the changes wrought by men with wisdom, that the ideals we cherish and indeed our very planet itself may survive and prosper.

There is no royal road to learning, no easy way to wisdom. The qualities of courage, integrity, loyalty, self-discipline and self-sacrifice are and will remain unchanged in importance and the only avenue to the zenith of your ability as leaders. For this reason I cannot urge you too strongly to be diligent as you prepare yourselves for the vital and enormous tasks ahead.”

A Memorial Gathering for Captain Peers is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. It will be held at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. All are welcome.

Capt(N) Peers obituary from the Times Colonist:

Robert C.K. Peers as a graduating cadet in 1946


Kicking off the East-West Flag Football game, November 25, 1973