Jonathan Paton

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Jonathan Paton (1936-2006) was a English lecturer and actor.


Jonathan Paton born in Pietermaritzburg on 6 July 1936, the second son of Alan Paton. He was educated at St John's College in Johannesburg, obtained and honours degree and teaching diploma from University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, and completed his MA at Jesus College, Cambridge. He taught briefly in Natal before joining the English department at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) where he was in charge of the training of English teachers for 35 years.

Paton died in Johannesburg on 26 June 2006, just days short of his 70th birthday.

He published two books and received an English Academy Award for innovative education activities and for his vital role in the promotion of South African literature.

Contribution to South African theatre, film, media and performance

He was involved in numerous stage productions both at Wits and other theatres in Johannesburg, over the years.

In 1981 he was the guest speaker at the annual Andre Huguenet Memorial Lectures of the Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival


"Obituaries 2006", University of the Witwatersrand[1]

Sunday Times, 27 August, 2006.

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