Arthur Menzies (1916-2010) served in the Canadian foreign service from 1940 until his retirement in 1982. After the death of his wife, Sheila, he established a lecture series at Queen’s in her memory. Sheila was the daughter of O.D. Skelton, a professor of political and economic science and dean of arts at Queen's before being appointed as the under-secretary of state for external affairs in 1925. The Sheila Skelton Menzies lecture is given on a topic in international relations or Canadian foreign policy; it is co-sponsored by the Centre for International and Defence Policy and the Department of Political Studies.