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The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. 

John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he was writing labels. He also managed the largest accession to the museum collection for years, in the shape of the nearly 5-metre tall cast of the Samian Kouros. Director Carrie Vout fondly remembers working with on that and other projects: 'John was a gem, a quiet, capable person with a wry sense of humour, someone who didn't suffer fools gladly. He even wrote a Masters dissertation on plaster casts. I hope he would now approve that I am Museum Director!'

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