VALE Dr John Beaton
26 Oct 1944 – 6 Nov 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the inimitable Dr John Mark Beaton. John passed away peacefully in his sleep on 6 November 2018 at the age of 74.

John first joined the Academy in 2001 and in the intervening years has not just been at the Academy, but was the Academy. He mentored and supported us all in his nurturing style of generosity and camaraderie. We will miss his sardonic sense of humour, his pedantic proofreading, and the presence of his ever-loyal furry mascot or “Departmental Mood Enhancement Officer” by his side.

A celebration of John’s life will be held in the coming days in Canberra, details of this will be provided separately as arrangements are made.

The Academy will be closed on November 15th and 16th out of respect.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.