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Leonard Constantine (1907-89)

Leonard Constantine was born at Accrington in Lancashire. He was educated at Manchester University and Wesley House Cambridge, where he took a First in the Theological Tripos. He served as a missionary in China from 1931 to 1950 and taught history at the Central China University, where he eventually became Professor of History and Dean of Faculty. He remained at the College until all missionaries were expelled by the Communist government in 1950. He then entered the home ministry until superannuation in 1972.

Constantine was a correspondent for the Manchester Guardian from 1944 and in 1950 wrote a widely acclaimed series of articles on the Communist Revolution which led to a number of radio broadcasts for the B.B.C.

Constantine's wife Dorothy was a member of the Wesley Deaconness Order and a colleague in the China Mission.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1989

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