In Memory

John Beaton

October 26, 1944 ~ November 6, 2018


Missed dearly by his children
Laura Beaton and Daniel Beaton,
his house-wolves Rusty, Walter, Odie
and countless friends.

(Excerpted from a brief obituary published in the Canberra Times on Nov. 10, 2018)

(A media release posted on the website of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia follows:)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the inimitable Dr. John Mark Beaton.  John passed away peacefully in his sleep on 6 November 2018 at the age of 74.

John first joined the Academy in 2001 and in the intervening years has not just been at the Academy, but was the Academy.  He mentored and supported us all in his nuturing style of generosity and camaraderie.  We will miss his sardonic sense of humour, his pedantic proofreading, and the presence of his ever-loyal furry mascot or "Departmental Mood Enhancement Officer" by his side.

A celebration of John's life will be held in the coming days in Canberra, details of this will be provided separately as arrangements are made.  

The academy will be closed on November 15th and 16th out of respect.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed.

(Note: A public memorial for John was held in the Shine Dome of the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra on November 14.)

Click  here   to read an obituary which appeared on the website of the ACT Cricket Association and has been posted in Knights' Forum.

Website members are invited to post comments, memories, and tributes below.  Non-members may send comments to to be posted by a website administrator.


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12/05/18 12:38 PM #1    

Suzanne Riedinger

How sad to hear this. How sad for his family and house wolves. He enlightened me about that term a few years ago in reference to my northern Dogs. What a great sense of humor and what a nice guy he was.

12/05/18 03:59 PM #2    

Virginia Small (Chambers)

So sorry to hear of John's passing.  I think all of us who have been reading his various messages to other classmates and been enjoying getting to know him again through his wonderful writing... He surely had a gift among many other gifts...  Had hoped to see him at our next reunion...  Much sympathy to all his family and friends.  He will be missed by many.  Ginni Small Chambers

12/05/18 04:26 PM #3    

Jack Wohler

Very sorry to hear that one of my best younger years friend has passed away. John and I use to play this dumb ball game with 1/2 of a tennis ball. We made up all the rules , never had to an umpire or referee and we never had an argument. Lost contact with John after high school until 4 years ago. 

12/05/18 05:46 PM #4    

Sandra Egan (Francis)

We were good friends in High School and corresponded occasionally through the years.  I am saddened by his passing, he will be missed.  I send my condolences to famiy and friends.  He only got better and better through the years.

12/05/18 06:25 PM #5    

Pamela Gardner (Green)

Thinking with sadness for Johns family and friends..both human and furry. I will miss his eloquent writing skills and great sense of humor.  Pam Gardner Green



12/05/18 06:44 PM #6    

Susan Mack (Sugden)

     I am so surprised & saddened about John'e passing. Little did most of us know what a creative mind he had!  He was so eloquent in his writing, with a wonderful, devilish sense of humor. I share with our other clssmates  sincere condolences to his family & friends.  Sue  

12/06/18 06:34 AM #7    

Steve Grant

I never had the pleasure of knowing John up close and personal in our school days but feel I'd gotten to know him very well through the joy of his website writing. With his passing, things have grown a little dimmer down here because there's another star in the firmament.

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