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Camperdown to honour five

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Dr Muriel Lowe Valentine, Irene Walter, and Ambassador Dr Basil Bryan are among five outstanding graduates of Camperdown High School to be induced into its Alumni Association's Hall of Fame this year.

The late Peter 'Jair' Cargill, a former member of the Reggae Boyz, and Olympian Raymond Stewart round out the list.

Lowe Valentine, a retired medical practitioner, left Camperdown at the primary stage when she won a scholarship to St Andrew High.

Former Camperdown principal Winifred Smith, herself a past student, recalls seeing Lowe's name on the school's honour roll in the early 1950s.

The 83-year-old has been honoured repeatedly by the medical fraternity and only recently was advised that the Medical Association of Jamaica decided to shower more accolades on her.

In 2009, she was bestowed with the Order of Jamaica for her service to medicine and medical education.

Order of Distinction

Walter, senior pro chancellor at the International University of the Caribbean, was presented with an Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 1998 for her service to education.

She is vice-chairman of the Camperdown High School Board of Governors, a member of the National Commercial Bank Education Foundation, and an elder in the United Church of Jamaica.

Ambassador Bryan, a former Jamaica Consul General to New York, was awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) in 2002 for his service in the public sector, specifically foreign affairs.

He has been showered with accolades at home and in the United States where he worked and studied over several decades.

Cargill was one of the Reggae Boyz who made history by qualifying for the finals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

After an outstanding career on the field, he took up coaching, where his pedigree also showed before he lost his life in a traffic accident in 2005.

Stewart was the premier Jamaican male sprinter for many years and was the first Jamaican to officially break the 10-second barrier in the 100m.

When Stewart made the 100m final at the Olympics in 1992, he became the first man in history to make three consecutive 100m Olympics finals.

The five will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the alumni's annual reunion banquet on October 27 at the Terra Nova Hotel.

They will join the first set of inductees, Noel White, Glen Mills, Donald Quarrie, Patsy Ricketts, and reggae legend Neville Livingston O'Riley, who is better known as 'Bunny Wailer'.