Former permanent secretary-land surveyor honoured
The Land Surveyors Association of Jamaica (LSAJ) recently celebrated the legacy of one of its revered members, the late Harry George Armstrong, in a ceremony in which its headquarters at the Trade Centre, Red Hills Road, was named The Harry G. Armstrong Suite and dedicated to his memory
Former prime minister, Bruce Golding, who was among the many guests, spoke glowingly of Armstrong with whom he worked in the 1980s. Armstrong was permanent secretary at the then Ministry of Construction and Housing when Golding was minister. Golding spoke, in particular, about his integrity and dedication to duty. He also charged the LSAJ to protect their profession and to train and produce commissioned land surveyors who would continue to be leaders in shaping the policy for land management in Jamaica.
Easton Douglas spoke of his association with Armstrong from the year 1961 when he first entered the surveying profession but later switched to becoming a chartered valuation surveyor. His association continued through the years, ending when Armstrong, who passed on in 2005, was his special adviser to the Ministry of Construction and Housing.
A tribute and citation were read by life member Earle Spencer, in which he highlighted the fact that when the headquarters was to be purchased, Armstrong committed a portion of his retirement nest egg to allowing the LSAJ to procure a mortgage. It was chiefly against this background that the headquarters was named after him, an event that had been in the making for several years.
The occasion was graced by a performance in song by Karen Armstrong and friends (Karen is the daughter of the man being honoured). Their presentation was well received by the gathering.
The ceremony, which lasted two hours, was followed by a sumptuous repast, which saw guests revisiting the past and sharing memories about Armstrong, whose son, Howard, provided the delightful background music.