John Lawrence Crawford

Well-known and respected physics lecturer John Lawrence Crawford (BSc 1959) died in his home on 17 June 2021, just short of his 84th birthday. Described as “an institution” who dedicated himself to first year auxiliary physics, he taught generations of students from the Health Sciences Faculty: medics, dentists, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists and pharmacists. Many benefitted from his guidance, delivered in a calm, patient and influential manner even after his official retirement.

He succumbed to the cancer which manifest almost 10 years ago. He was treated at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital Oncology Unit and was always full of praise for the care he received there. “He always used to say that he was looked after far better there than he would have been at the most expensive private clinics, because there were so many staff members who knew and respected him for teaching them during their student days,” remembered a colleague.


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