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About J. Lloyd Eaton

About J. Lloyd Eaton

J. Lloyd Eaton was born in Berkeley, CA in 1902. He attended UC Berkeley, then UC Medical School, taking his MD degree in 1928. His specialty was pulmonology (diseases of the lungs). Eaton practiced medicine in the Bay Area until his retirement in 1960. During his life he was an avid book collector, and one of the pioneering SF fans in Northern California. Eaton was personally acquainted with such writers as Anthony Boucher, Ray Bradbury and Robert A. Heinlein. He edited the fanzine Rhodomagnetic Digest.

Photo of J. Lloyd Eaton in his study wearing arabian garb

During his many years of collecting and fan activity, Eaton acquired an astonishing collection of SF, fantasy and Gothic or "horror" materials, some 8,000 books, many with original dustjackets. A number of his books were dedicated to him personally by their authors. The Eaton Collection was acquired by UC Riverside in 1969. Eaton kept an extensive card file, in which he made critical comments, and personally evaluated the books in his collection. This file is in the archives of the Eaton Collection today.

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