Four alumni inducted into Cornwall College Hall of Fame
Renowned surgeon Dr Cecil Aird was inducted into the Cornwall College Hall of Fame last Saturday night at a dinner honouring past students who have excelled while making outstanding contributions to their 120-year-old alma mater.
Aird shared the spotlight with fellow Cornwallians: Florida bank executive Ledger Kellier; New York-based nephrologist Dr Kirk Campbell; and local football great Warren Barrett, at a fabulous dinner and awards ceremony held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
Seven of the top teachers at the school with a proven track record of producing some of the country's greatest doctors, lawyers, politicians, entrepreneurs, and civil servants, were also recognised for their outstanding commitment to education.
The event was the curtain call to a week of activities staged during the Cornwall College Old Boys' Association's annual Homecoming Week.
The week kicked off with a church service followed by a brunch on Sunday, October 9. The weeklong celebration saw Cornwallians from New York, Florida, and Georgia in the United States, Toronto, Canada, and Kingston and St Andrew in Jamaica, converging on the Second City to mentor and mingle with the hundreds of students now attending the school on the hill.
One major highlights was 'CC Day in the Bay', which was officially declared by Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, a past student of the institution.
Aird's work has made a lasting impression on the city of Montego Bay. Aird, who distinguished himself as head boy for two years - 1961 and 1962 - remains one of the iconic personalities who continue to dig deep in his quest to give back to the school.
After more than 30 years practising overseas, Aird returned to Jamaica three years ago. He has since opened western Jamaica's state-of-the-art Carnegie Hand Institute and Surgery Centre, the first of its kind in the country.
His counterpart, Dr Kirk Campbell, is an associate professor of medicine and director of Nephrology Fellowship programme at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York; and Ledger Kellier is one of Florida's senior banking executives, who when not in the boardroom, is usually on a site discussing the best ways to help finance the next landmark building in South Florida's thriving Tri-County.
Former goalkeeper of the Jamaica 'Under 20' football team, Warren Barrett completed the impressive names recognised at the event.