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Alan Bishop

(Rhodesia & Corpus Christi 1961) (14 August 1937 - 1 March 2024)

Alan was born in August 1937 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to Rand (Fred) and Iza Bishop. He studied at Rhodes University, South Africa, and completed a Masters and DPhil in English Literature at the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi), where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at Mpopoma High school, Zimbabwe, the University of Cape Town, and Mount Allison University, before spending 34 years in the English department of McMaster University. Alan had a strong interest in gerontology and peace literature. His own writing included a memoir of novelist Joyce Cary, and the edited papers of pacifist Vera Britain: chiefly "Chronicle of Youth" and "Letters from a Lost Generation". Under the name of Peter Abbot, he also wrote several novelettes. Alan was a gentle, kindly man, whose sense of justice was profoundly influenced by his own expulsion from apartheid South Africa in 1966. In later life, he spent many years as a volunteer visitor at McMaster Hospital, Saint Joseph's Hospital, and Shalom Village (senior centre). He was also a board member of several Hamilton boards. He was a compassionate listener, had a gentle sense of humour, and was passionate about music, art, and eating ice cream.