John Dearness

John Dearness
Faculty of Medicine

Tenure 1888 - 1915

John Dearness was born in Hamilton in 1852. He taught in schools around London before teaching at Western's Medical School. In 1874, Dearness accepted a position as a principal and was appointed Inspector of Public Schools for Middlesex two years later. In 1888, Dearness accepted an appointment as Chair in the Medical Faculty where he also taught biology. Receiving a B.A. in 1902 and his M.A. in 1903 from Western, John Dearness was one of the only faculty members without a medical degree.

An intelligent and passionate scholar, Dearness made botanical collections until his interests turned to etymology. Publishing books and papers on the subject of fungi species, Dearness was the Associate Editor of Mycologia from 1909 to 1930. John Dearness died in December of 1954.