Professor Claude Packer is dead
Professor Claude Packer, the first president of the Mico University College, has died.
News reaching The Gleaner is that Packer died at 6:10 p.m. yesterday at his daughter’s home in Florida, United States. He had been ailing for some time.
Packer served the education sector for more than 50 years before retiring in 2014. He became principal of Mico Teachers' College in 1995 and was later appointed the first president when the teachers' college transitioned into the Mico University College in 2009.
Over the years, Packer received several awards for his service to education, including the Governor General’s Achievement Award in 2003 and the Mico Gold Medal for Excellence in 2007. In 2008, Packer was conferred with the national honour at the level of Commander of the Order of Distinction.
Packer was also known for his brilliance in mathematics and lectured in mathematics in the Faculty of Education at the University of the West Indies. He also lectured at Cornell University and was an external examiner for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate mathematics.
Packer was also instrumental in the development of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Mathematics, a body that focuses on the teaching of mathematics in schools.
A condolence book is to be opened at the Mico University College.