Frederick Dillistone

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Frederick William Dillistone (9 May 1903[1] – 5 October 1993[2]) was the second Dean of Liverpool.[3]

Dillistone was educated at Brighton College and Brasenose College, Oxford. Ordained in 1928,[4] he began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St Jude’s Southsea. Later he was a tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and then Vicar of St Andrew's in the same city.[5] From 1938 to 1945 he was Professor of Theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto and from then until 1952 held the same position at the Episcopal Divinity School at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Moving back to England he was Canon Residentiary and Chancellor of Liverpool Cathedral from 1952 to 1956 and then its Dean until 1963.[6] From 1964 until his retirement in 1970, he was Fellow and Chaplain of Oriel College, Oxford. In 1968, he delivered the Bampton Lectures under the title 'Traditional Symbols and the Contemporary World'. An eminent author,[7] he died at the age of 90 years.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Independent obituary
  3. ^ National Archives
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1940-41 Oxford, OUP, 1941
  5. ^ Church website
  6. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Jan 31, 1956; pg. 10; Issue 53442; col D Ecclesiastical News New Dean Of Liverpool
  7. ^ Amongst others he wrote “The Significance of the Cross”, 1945; “The Structure of the Divine Society”, 1951; Jesus Christ and His Cross, (1953); Christianity and Symbolism, 1955; “Christianity and Communication”, 1956; “Dramas of Salvation”, 1967; “Charles Raven: a biography”, 1975; “The Power of Symbols”, 1986; and “Language and the Worship of the Church”, 1990 > British Library web site accessed 20:38 GMT Saturday 27 February 2010

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Frederick William Dwelly
Dean of Liverpool
Succeeded by
Edward Henry Patey