THE EDITOR, Sir:
Though two small articles have been published, I am surprised and very disappointed that I have not yet seen a substantial obituary from The Gleaner Company Ltd itself with regard to the contribution made by Mrs Imelda Williams Howell to your company, particularly with regard to her distinguished service as adverti-sing manager for several decades.
For instance, it was during her management regime that the scope of classified advertising was expanded to offer semi-display ads, and a senior person was brought down from the Toronto Star to train staff in the advertising department for that purpose.
On behalf of some of her staff during the 1959-1966 period, I want to place on record our great appreciation of the outstanding training and development she gave us. For almost all of us, work in the advertising department was our first work experience after leaving high school.
The work values and high standards that Mrs Williams Howell instilled in us gave us excellent preparation for working in other organisations in Jamaica and overseas. We all remember her many personal kindnesses and professional demeanour with deep and long-lasting affection.