John Frederick Paynter OBE (17 July – 1 July 2010) was a British composer and music educator known for his advocacy of the cause of creative music making and his emphasis on the importance of music as a subject in the general education of all children. He was Professor of Music at The University of York from to 1994, serving as Emeritus Professor after his retirement.
was a Canadian diplomat who served as Ambassador to Russia, China, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, and Mongolia and as High Commissioner to India and Nepal. He held academic degrees from The University of British Columbia, Tufts University and Oxford University. He received a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to Oxford in He died October 31, 1995, shortly after his appointment as Ambassador to China.