A. John Dunston, BA, MA, DLitt (hon.)

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1956–61

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1956–61

[image: courtesy of Colin Dunston]

John Dunston, English-born, graduated from the University of Reading and went on to complete his master’s degree at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Dunston joined Sydney University when he was appointed to the chair of Latin, a post he held from 1953 until retiring in 1986, making him the university’s longest-serving professor of Latin. As dean, Dunston was initially elected to succeed W.M. O’Neil, and was subsequently re-elected for a further two terms.

In December 1982 Dunston was appointed as a deputy vice-chancellor (having been acting in this role since July 1981), a position he also held until his retirement. He was honoured for his work by the Italian government, and received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University in 1987.