Obituary: Dennis Claude (13 April 1933 – 8 November 2015)

Dennis John Claude – architect, teacher, researcher, painter, mentor – passed away on 8 November 2015 at the age of 82, following a long struggle with cancer.

Born in Kimberley and schooled in Grahamstown, Dennis studied at the then University of Natal, graduating in 1959.

Anna Bailey, Dennis’ daughter, writes, “Dennis was rooted in Durban, despite not having been born there, but having been both lecturer and studio master at the University for 30 years. He accepted, fairly reluctantly, living on the outskirts of Johannesburg on Monaghan Farm, where he and I based our practice, Claude Bailey Design + Architecture, from 2007 to the present day. We spent many productive years together, of which I am very proud; father and daughter not always getting on, but always getting on with it! He never stopped working, reading, painting and learning, whilst being a wry, warm, wise, and wonderful father and grandfather.”

“He died at home surrounded by his family and the stark Highveld that he was beginning to love,” writes Dennis’ close friend, Paul Mikula. “He accompanied me through nightmares and daymares; and, no doubt, many of us have stories to tell about Dennis the scholar and historian so completely under the spell of the Egyptians.  So inquisitive about our indigenous and colonial cultures. So caring and ready to invent for the poor. Finally, the teacher who spent his life looking for the G-spot in his students. Some live in the lovely stories that he built for them.”

A memorial celebration for friends and family will be held by Dennis’ family on Friday, 4 December from 17h00 – 22h00 in Westcliff, Johannesburg. (download pdf invite)

Dennis’ biography can be viewed on here .

Invitation to Dennis John Claude's Memorial3.97 MB