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Cornwall College honours outstanding past students

Wednesday, May 25, 2011    

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FOUR outstanding past students of Cornwall College in Montego Bay, St James, were recently honoured by the school's Old Boys Association for their contribution to society.

Baptist Minister Reverend Dr Burchell Taylor; Courtney Fletcher, retired agriculturalist; Patrick 'PC' Chin, accountant; and George Thomas, attorney-at-law were paid special tribute at a ceremony held recently at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.

Rev Taylor, who rode his bicycle 28 miles per day to attend Cornwall College from Sandy Bay in Hanover, was honoured for his dedication to religious affairs, notably his serving as minister of the Bethel Baptist Church in Half-Way-Tree for a number of years.

Chin, also captain of the Jamaica Squash Team, was honoured as the Cornwallian-at-large for his long-standing support of the school.

Thomas, a former chairman of the school's board, was honoured for his dedication to school and country. He was a schoolboy athlete who, at one time, held the Boys' Champs triple-jump record, which remained unbroken for 12 years.

Fletcher, who was a student in the late 1930s, was honoured for his work in the field of agriculture. Fletcher led the Jamaican Agricultural Society for several years, eventually being appointed a senator under both the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party administrations. His citation was read by Lester Woolery, Jamaica's former chief pharmacist.

The evening also saw the Cornwall College Old Boys handing over a cheque for over $100,000 to the Rex Nettleford Scholarship Endowment fund at the University of the West Indies. Nettleford was also a past student.

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