Wednesday, January 17, 2018

QRC inducts 15 into Hall of Honour

Lutalo "Brother Resistance" Masimba, left, is inducted into the Queen Royal College's Hall of Honour by President Anthony Carmona at the Central Bank Auditorium, Port of Spain, on Friday.

Fifteen Old Boys (former students) were inducted into Queen's Royal College's Hall of Honour by President Anthony Carmona in what was the school's sixth Hall of Honour Induction Ceremony on Friday.

The ceremony, which was held at the Central Bank Auditorium, was organized by the Awards Sub Committee of the Queen's Royal College Old Boys' Association and chaired by Master Ralph Doyle.

Among the some two hundred guests were Chief Justice Ivor Archie, the current and past principals of the college, Hall of Honour honourees, many well-known old boys of the college, and, for the first time, current students.

President Anthony Carmona, right, shakes hands with the newly-inducted Donald "Jackie" Hinkson during the Queen's Royal College 's 6th Hall of Honour Induction Ceremony at the Central Bank Auditorium on Friday.

The invitation to some of the school's students to attend the ceremony was intended to inspire and motivate them from the beginning of their high school career. It serve to inspire third and and fourth form pupils, as well as those about to leave the college, to emulate the Hall of Honour Honourees and to seek to achieve greatness in whichever field of endeavour they may eventually choose.

During the ceremony, Corporal Kyle Cumberbatch of the college's Cadet Unit, Lower Six pupil Jelani Henry, and Upper Six and Venture Scout Reuben Cruickshank, assisted the principal David Simon in accepting awards on behalf of four old boys who were inducted posthumously.

Among this year's fifteen inductees were Donald 'Jackie' Hinkson for his work in the field of the fine arts; the late Victor Noel and the late Sir Robert Falconer for education at the primary school and tertiary level, respectively; Dr Merlyn Price for engineering as well as medicine; the late Oliver Penlyn 'Pen” Bennett for horse racing and breeding; engineer Hollis Charles for industrial research and management; retired Ambassador Eustace Seignoret and the late Indar Jit Bahadur Singh for international relations and work on the Indian Diaspora, respectively; the late Cyrus Prudhomme David K.C. for law and politics; the late William John Locke for literature and theatre; Professor Emeritus Felix Durity for medicine (neurosurgery); Kelwyn Hutcheon and Lutalo Masimba better known as Brother Resistance for their contribution to the music industry; the late General Sir Frank Messervy for his service in the British India military in the First and Second World Wars; and Dr Jefferson Davidson for public service.

Dr Jefferson Davidson, left, is inducted by President Anthony Carmona into the Queen's Royal College Hall of Honour during Friday's ceremony at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain.

The varied fields of human endeavour for which the highly acclaimed inductees were nominated clearly demonstrates the wide range of interests that are pursued by QRC graduates, both here at home and abroad. These honourees have also lived up to the ideals of the founding alumni of the QRC Old Boys' Association, which were to ensure that the core values of Queen's Royal College, namely leadership, service, intellectual enquiry, independence of mind, excellence and tolerance, were fostered, preserved and passed on from generation to generation.

Guests were treated to live entertainment from Hutcheon and Brother Resistance, as well as popular saxophonist, Pedro Lezama, who closed-off the evening's musical segment.

The evening closed with a cocktail reception hosted by Association's President Mr Kenrick Harrinauth and Deryck Murray, the immediate past president.