John Southgate

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John Eliot Southgate (2 September 1926 – 18 December 1999)[1] was Dean of York in the Church of England; holding this post from 1984 until 1994 when he was succeeded by Raymond Furnell.

Southgate was educated at the City of Norwich School and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Durham University in 1953 and a Diploma of Theology (DipTh) in 1955.

Southgate conducted the service, held in 1988, after the restoration of York Minster, which caught fire in 1984.[2] The Minster was struck by lightning four days before the retirement of the previous dean, Ronald Jasper.[3] Southgate was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York in 1989.[4]


  1. ^ Who's Who, accessed 6 July 2008
  2. ^ York Minster Is Back to Life After '84 Fire (1988), The New York Times, New York, viewed 2 May 2008,
  3. ^ Donald Gray (2004). "Jasper, Ronald Claud Dudley (1917–1990)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  4. ^ The University of York Honorary Graduates - 1966-2004 (2004), University of York, York, UK, viewed 2 May 2008,