Fonds MG033 - Anthony W. Preston fonds

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Anthony W. Preston fonds

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CA BU MG033

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(1903-1991)

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Anthony William Preston was born in Offenham, Worcestershire, England. He received his early education at West House Preparatory School, Birmingham, and Oakham School. Tony attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an M.A degree in 1925 and winning the prestigious Essay Prize. After two years teaching school, he proceeded to Lincoln College, Oxford, taking the B.A. honours degree in 1928 and the M.A. in 1933. Dr. Preston came to Bishop's as lecturer in Classics in 1930. He held that post until 1964 when he was appointed Vice-Principal. He became Principal and Vice-Chancellor in 1969. In June 1936 Anthony Preston married Phyllis Thompson, daughter of Judge and Mrs. G.H. Thompson of Cranbrooke, B.C. They had two children: Andrew, and Sara. Dr. Preston was a member of the Oxford Society, the Canadian Historical Society and the Canadian Classical Association. He received a D.C.L. degree from Bishop's in 1960.

When Dr. Preston retired in 1970 he was given the University's ultimate accolade, the appointment as Principal Emeritus. This was a richly deserved honour for the only person in Bishop's history to run the gamut from lecturer to the highest post, a long, hard and sometimes dark journey.
Dr. Preston died in Oakville, Ontario on 15 April 1991 at the age of 88. He was known for his wit, warmth and love of literature and life. He was admired by those he taught and counselled; often referred to as "the best lecturer I ever had."

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Extracts from "Amateur Performance", an unpublished memoir by Anthony W. Preston, 12th Principal of Bishop's University, 1969-70. Typewritten.

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Dr. C.I.H. Nicholl, Principal of Bishop's University 1976-86

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BUA 0395 (small fonds box 1)

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See published excerpts in: Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS), No.4, Spring, 1994. ""Amateur Performance": Excerpts from the Memoirs of Anthony W. Preston," by David Seale. Bishop's University Library, Townships Collection FC 2943.1 .J69

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see also: MG 060 Christopher Nicholl fonds for additional correspondence with and notes regarding A.W. Preston

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