Alan Paton

Alan Paton

Alan Stewart Paton (11 January 1903--12 April 1988) was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. Paton was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, the son of a minor civil servant.

About Alan Paton

Alan Stewart Paton (11 January 1903--12 April 1988) was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. Paton was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, the son of a minor civil servant. After attending Maritzburg College, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Natal in his hometown, followed by a diploma in education. After graduation, Paton worked as a teacher, first at the Ixopo High School, and subsequently at a Maritzburg College While at Ixopo he met Dorrie Francis Lusted. They were married in 1928 and remained together until her death from emphysema in 1967. Their life together is documented in Paton's book Kontakion for You Departed, published in 1969. He served as the principal of Diepkloof Reformatory for young (African Black) offenders from 1935 to 1949, where he introduced controversial reforms of a progressive slant, including policies on open dormitories, work permits, and home visitation.

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