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Norman Colin Dexter (1930 - 2017)

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Norman Colin (Colin) Dexter
Born in Stamford, Lincolnshiremap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Father of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)] and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified 8 Apr 2017 | Created 29 Sep 2015
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An English crime writer best known for the Inspector Morse novels which were later adapted into a television series starring John Thaw. Dexter made a cameo appearance in every episode of the show until it stopped running in 2001.

Born in Stamford, Lincolnshire to Alfred Dexter and Dorothy May Towns on September 29th, 1930.

A 1953 graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge, Dexter taught Classics at Wyggeston School, Leicester and Loughborough Grammar School before becoming the senior Classics teacher of Corby Grammar School, Northhamptonshire.

In 1966 the onset of deafness forced him to retire from teaching though he held the post of senior assistant secretary at the University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations in Oxford until his retirement in 1988.

His interests include cryptic crosswords and classical music.

Dexter married Dorothy Cooper in 1956. They had two children, a son and a daughter.



"England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 September 2015), Norman C Dexter, 1930; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.


"England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 September 2015), Norman C Dexter and null, 1956; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Marriage Registration, Leicester Central, Leicestershire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

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