Hello Everyone;

Congratulations are in order to the following Knox Past Students who have been nominated as this year’s recipients of the Toronto Knox Past Student's Association's Annual Dinner and Dance Award.

Don Jones                             (Jamaica)

Dunbar McFarlane            (Cayman/Jamaica)

Albert Graham                    (New York)

They will receive their awards at the Annual  Dinner and Dance, hosted by the Canada Chapter on April 17, 2010.

Please support these individuals and go out on the night and celebrate with them.


Sandra Simmonds, submitted February 9th, 2010



Congratulations are in order ----- Courtney Campbell

Courtney has been appointed president, of First Global Bank

Submitted by Sandra Simmonds, September 29th, 2009


May , June and July- traditional graduation months !

The Knox Association of Past Students (NY) would like to congratulate all Knoxites and their families who have  been graduated, and those who have been promoted, and we wish them all the very best.

We note the following graduations:

Seana Carter , daughter of  Col. Audley (Knoxite) and his wife Maureen. Seana graduated from Nova Southeastern University   Florida with a Masters in Finance. She is also a graduate of the University of Technology, Jamaica. Aunts- Helene, Maxine, Sonia and Dahlia Bateman- Knoxites

Vivia Green , MD , (Knoxite)  recently graduated from University of Illinois, as a Doctor of Medicine  after successfully completing her rotation. Vivia is also a State Registered Nurse and a Nursing Practitioner and Teacher, and often go on Medical / Christian missions in Third World Countries including Jamaica. At Knox, Vivia was an outstanding athlete, and is the daughter of the late Bishop Green and his wife Nurse Green, who served for many years at the Spalding Hospital. Sisters include Evangeline (Morgan), and Hyacinth (Baker) – also retired VP of Knox College.

Jordan Paige Davis , daughter of Knoxite Marion (McPherson ) Davis and her husband  Erwin was recently graduated with honors from Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park , Florida , and was inducted in the Cum Laude Society. Jordan will be attending Stanford University in Palo Alto , California on a full scholarship. She is a member of the National Honor Society und the Spanish Honor Society. Also sharing in the celebrations is Aunt Beverley McPherson (Knoxite)

Young Josh Johnson, son of Alton Johnson and his wife Maxine Ranglin – Johnson was awarded a full scholarship to attend Columbia University in New York in the fall. He is also the recipient of other monetary awards from McDonalds and other organizations based on a science project he was working on for the past few years. Other proud relatives include Knoxites:  Uncle Barry  and Paul Ranglin and aunts Adugo (Phyllis) and Terry Ranglin.

Christopher DaCosta and his wife Janice (Harrison ) DaCosta – both Knoxites recently shared in the joy of graduation as their daughter Krista DaCosta was graduated from Lawrenceville Academy in New Jersey. While at Lawrenceville, Krista was very active – on the soccer team and the dance team. Her favorite teacher in her senior year was Knoxite, Dr. Maxine Clarke.

Tiffany Clarke , daughter of Fabia (Smith ) Clarke , graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Law School in New Jersey. She is now studying for the Bar Exam. We celebrate with her and her proud Mom and wish them all the best.

Morgan Wiggan will enter High School in the Fall. Morgan’s sibling Ethan Wiggan will be promoted to Middle school. Proud parents: Hopeton (Knoxite) and his wife Lisa. (Aunts:  Pauline, Lorna, Dahlia )

Savannah Clarke has been promoted and will enter Holy Trinity High School Hicksville, Long Island as a Junior in the fall. Proud parents: Douglas (Knoxite) and his wife Ann- Marie. Aunts – Valerie , Maxine , Dionne and Dahlia.

Natasha Manning , daughter of Donna Kirby Manning (Knoxite) and her husband Wayne  was recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honors ) degree with a major in criminology and in Public Administration.

Stephen Robinson, younger son of June South Robinson graduated recently from John Gray High School in Grand Cayman.  Grandfather – Stephen South, former Principal of Knox Junior School .Best wishes.

Of Interest: June recently hosted the 3rd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching , in Cayman. She was the winner of the award in 2007. On hand to help in the celebrations and recognition were   teacher   Leslie Williams, and Christopher McTaggart both Knoxites. Chris is Managing Partner of KMPG- major sponsors of the event, and a Past President of the Chamber of Commerce.

Submitted by Douglas Clarke, June 30th, 2009
Niti servire , neque cedere


Honoring Mrs. Hyacinth Baker:

As we remember those who worked hard to ensure that Knox College would be a reality, let us pause to add our congratulations to Mrs. Hyacinth Baker , former Vice Principal of Knox College, who was recently feted at a function in honor of her retirement. Mrs. Baker served for 26 years at Knox.

The function was held at the Mandeville Hotel, and was attended by several members of the Knox community.

Mrs. Baker was escorted into the ballroom, by Knox alumnus Richard Mullings , Manager of Juici Patties in Spaldings.

The chaplain of Knox, the Reverend Lennox Scarlett , asked for God's blessings on the grand occasion.

Acting Principal, Mrs. Jennifer Haffenden welcomed the gathering on behalf of the Knox community. Included in the special guests were Mrs. Dorothy Miller , the Board Chairman, Mr. Rueben Gray represented  the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Nicole Brown from the PTA and the Rev. Tara Tyme , of the Spaldings United Church.

NOTE : Knox is one of the schools affiliated with the United Church of Jamaica, and the Spaldings church has been an affiliate of the school ever since it was founded 60 years ago.  Elders and leaders of the church helped to create the possibility of a school on the hill ( Mr. Johnny Rose –chief among them.) Reverend Davidson and Reverend Schlobohm regularly preached at the church in the early days. Mr. David Bent was an Elder at the church, and he built the current building in the late 1950s.

Hard working Sandra Simmonds , the president of Knox Past Students Association ( Jamaica ) offered congratulations to Mrs. Green, and brought greetings on behalf of the Association.

Also bringing greeting and traveling down nostalgia lane was the Rev. Gary Harriot , past student and secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches.

Dr. Barbara Buckley Jones , the third Principal of Knox  paid tribute to Mrs. Baker as did former vice principal Mrs. Barbara Chamberlain former Vice Principal and also Ms. Maxine Jo sephs, the present acting vice Principal  

Again, the Knox Association of Past Students (NY ) joins the Knox community in extending congratulations and saying thanks to Mrs. Hyacinth Baker.

Douglas Clarke

Submitted June 2nd, 2007


Congratulations to fellow Knoxite Rodrick Walters for his resently published book:
Just Published...
Poems of Inspiration
A Daily Dose of Self-Motivation, by Rodrick Walters Poems of Inspiration—A Daily Dose of Self-Motivation is filled with thoughts written to direct individuals to examine their lives and evaluate their journey. The author presents a clear message of hope and inspiration that will steer each person to discover their purpose in life. Thought-provoking titles such as There's Too Much at Stake and You're Closer Than You Think encourage you to stay strong and never give up. This collection of poems will resurrect buried dreams, renew minds, and redirect thoughts towards the promises for a brighter future. Those eager to change their lives will be empowered with life-changing principles to remove barriers and embrace success. These poems will generate a sense of hope and guide you to become your best.   "Rodrick is not only a motivational speaker but is also a motivational doer. I expect great things from him." Willie Jolley , America's Leading Motivational Speaker/Singer. Author of National Bestseller, It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life "Very eloquently spoken. I was very impressed with your story of overcoming so many obstacles to become the talented communicator that you are today." Bob Losure , Former CNN Headline News anchor. Author of Five Seconds To Air Available through booksellers worldwide, including: Barnes and Noble - Click Here Amazon - Click Here Publisher - Click Here Also available through publisher in Adobe eBook format - Click Here

Submitted November 29th, 2006


Bevan Staples -Crepe is a past student who is doing very well and I would like to highlight as a successful story. His e-mail

Dr. Bevan Staple
Director of Advance Space Technology and Intellectual Property
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Dr Bevan Staple, a 1980 Knox graduate is Director of Advance Space Technology and Intellectual Property at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder Colorado. In this role, he has responsibilities for managing all airborne and space technologies, patents, and trade-secrets for over 3,000 employees. He also serves as science advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense at the pentagon on advance intelligence systems, advises NASA on laser technologies for the next mission to the moon, and advices other classified Department of Defense Customers. Prior to that, Dr. Staple served Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. as Manager for R&D and business development related to the application of laser technologies for Automatic Target Recognition, Acquisition Tracking, and Pointing, and 3D imaging from space, air, and land platforms for the U.S. military. 

From 1996-2003, Dr. Staple served Chief Engineer developing semiconductor and MicroElectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technologies for high-speed optical communication and adaptive optics correction at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, and Network Photonics. Prior to that, he served for 5 years as a nuclear weapons and energy engineer for the Department of Energy.

Dr Bevan Staple has PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Physics from the University of New Mexico and University of California-Berkeley , a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan , and a BS in Mechanical Engineering fro the University of Nebraska .

He has been an invited briefer and panel member for the University of California-Berkeley, MIT, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA ), has over 10 patents in advanced communication technologies, and over 10 publications. He has been nominated by his company this year as Engineer of the Year.

Submitted by Annella Fender, November 12th, 2006


My first book, Poems of Inspiration: A Daily Dose of Self-Motivation , is scheduled for release in January '07. It will be distributed and available worldwide through booksellers, as well as through the publisher. Here's a sneak peak of the cover:

Stay tuned for more information. Kindest regards, Rodrick Walters
Submitted November 11th, 2006


It has been confirmed.

Dr. Karl Wright , former student at Knox College is the new President of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens , Florida .

Florida Memorial is a private four year co- educational Liberal Arts University.

The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is one of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).

Karl Wright was a member of Forbes Dennis House while at Knox and his leadership qualities began at school. Among other things, he captained Forbes – Dennis House.

We congratulate Karl, and the entire Knox community wishes him all the best.

Submitted by Douglas Clarke, October 14th, 2006

Niti, servire, neque, cedere




We celebrate with this Caribbean sportswoman, and as Knoxites, this is very special for us.

Sherone joins Olympian gold medal winner Donovan Bailey as world class Knox athletes.

Submitted by, Douglas Clarke
September 2nd, 2006


Alvin Day on 'Persuasion Power' promotional tour
published: Tuesday | September 26, 2006

Author, Alvin Day (left), signs his book 'Persuasion Power' for Handel Hudson at the Sangster's Book Stores at Sovereign Shopping Centre, St. Andrew yesterday. - Junior Dowie / Staff Photographer

He's sold countless inspirational books, worked with some of the world's largest companies and travelled the globe giving motivational speeches, but whenever he comes back home to Frankfield, Clarendon, his neighbours still expect him to come over for Sunday dinner.

"They all say I must come and even sleep over. If I don't, then it's worries!" said Alvin Day, as he autographed a copy of his latest book, Persuasion Power, for a young woman at the Sangster's Book Stores, Sovereign Centre yesterday.

Tour, speeches

Mr. Day is in the country for a two-week book promotion tour and to give a number of speeches. Tomorrow, he will be at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston for a fund-raising event for the Peace and Love in Society (PALS) programme.

"It's a short visit, but we're trying to get the most out of it," he said.
Submitted September 26th, 2006


Hello Everyone,

Once again, please help me congratulate 3 Knoxites, who have once again made us proud:

Barrington Payne                Executive Director – Tourism Product Development Company

Michael Gentles                   Appointed Postmaster General – Postal Corporation of Jamaica

Michael Thompson             Appointed District Vice President – Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited

Please see related articles on the Michael's attached.


Regards, Sandra Simmonds
Submitted September 30th, 2006


Hello Everyone,

The following message was sent to me from Dunbar McFarlane.  

Let us all join hands and heart and congratulate yet another Knoxite who has done us proud.  The new Director of Tourism is indeed a Knox Alumnus, BASIL SMITH.

Let us pray for God's richest blessings on him as he takes on this new role

Submitted August 29th, 2006


The Knox Association of Past Students (NY) takes pleasure in congratulating one an outstanding Jamaican. The newly named Director of Tourism – Mr. Basil Smith.

Basil Smith is an alumnus of Knox College. We are please with his accomplishments over the years, and we know he is a role model not just for Knox College students, but for all Jamaicans.

Mr. Smith is currently the Senior Director of Communications in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Thanks to Colville “Gullo Smith “, for bringing this to our attention

(other Knoxites in Tourism and Hospitality based in the Bahamas include Gary Williams and Aldwyn Hogg )

Submitted by Douglas Clarke, August 29th, 2006

Niti servire, neque cedere


The following message was received from Heather Hogarth-Smith.  I take great pleasure in forwarding same to you, and ask that you help me Congratulate another Knoxite, doing us proud.


Submitted by Sandra Simmonds, August 11th, 2006:

The KPSA warmly congratulates Douglas Dale St. Michael Clarke, KPSA NY Public Relations Officer, on his recent promotion to Assistant Principal at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn . For ten years, Douglas was at Erasmus High School for Business and Technology, Brooklyn , where he served as English Teacher, Virtual Enterprise Coordinator, and Career and Technical Education Coordinator.

Douglas commenced his teaching career in 1997, armed with a BA (English and Political Science) from the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus). In his continuous quest for self-improvement he later on obtained the MS (English Education) from CW Post College in Long Island, followed by the Advanced Certificate in the Teaching of Technology from the New School University in New York City . His latest qualification is the MS (School Administration and Supervision) from Touro College , New York .

This Knox alumnus has mentored high school and college students. He also mentors young men through the Sigma Beta Club of his fraternity -- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

He was twice selected by the Virtual Enterprises of the Department of Education (a School – Career Program) to chaperone select NYC high school students to attend trade fairs in Austria (1999) and Montreal (2003).

Douglas is brother to Knox alumnae Valerie Clarke, Dr. Maxine Clarke, and Dahlia Clarke ( His other sister Dionne is an alumnus of Holmwood) . He is married to Ann-Marie and they are the proud parents of a daughter, Savannah .

Good luck in all your future endeavors, Douglas !


Congratulations to George “Foska” Reynolds who has been promoted to Full Colonel in the Jamaica Defence Force. George has followed in the trail previously blazed by Colonel Audley Carter.

Congrats Colonel Reynolds. You've made us proud.

PS.  You may also refer to George as Captain (N) Reynolds.  The “N” meaning Naval which is the equivalent Naval Rank to a Colonel.

Submitted by Sandra Simmonds, August 8th, 2006


Civil servant bids farewell after three decades

Monday, July 3, 2006

Following 31 years of service Colin Ross, MBE, JP hung up his hat as Chief Officer of the Portfolio of the Civil Service on Friday.

The Chief Secretary, Deputy Chief Secretary and his colleagues all gathered to celebrate Mr  Ross' retirement at a special lunch at the Lighthouse Restaurant where he  was lauded for his professional accomplishments over the years, and for his outstanding personal characteristics.

Head of the Civil Service, Chief Secretary the Hon. George McCarthy, congratulated Mr. Ross for "making a significant contribution to the Cayman Islands as the Deputy Head of the Civil Service, as a principal, teacher, and in other capacities."

Deputy Chief Secretary Donovan Ebanks echoed these remarks, and thanked Mr. Ross for his outstanding work.

"Cayman has benefited from your career and brilliance. Your effectiveness would not have been what it was without your air of humility and caring," he said.

Mr Ross described his civil service career as an exhilarating experience.

"I came permanently to the Cayman Islands on 28 August of 1975 at the age of 28, and by September I was promoted to Head of English - which I think must be the quickest promotion in the history of the civil service," he recalled.

"From the very outset, I considered my time in these Islands as an immense blessing.

Though not an indigenous Caymanian, I've not had anything but the highest respect and kindness shown to me by the many people I have worked with. I feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunities to contribute in the various areas I have worked in - Education, Health and the Portfolio of the Civil Service."

Mr. Ross sad that if he had made a difference in the Portfolio it was only possible because of the support of the portfolio staff.

Other speakers described Mr. Ross'  "very distinguished academic career," which included earning two master's degrees and many years teaching, (over a decade of which was as principal of George Hicks High School), before transferring to a senior policy decision-making level.

Peter Gough, who is his successor, said Mr Ross had ended his service at the top of his profession.

"Well done! You have done all the things you set out to do," he said to Mr Ross.

"I will miss your friendship and counsel on many matters.  I will especially remember you inspiring representatives of 22 Caribbean countries at a conference when you declared the 'good news of civil service reform'."

The Portfolio of the Civil Service's Chief Officer Designate, Mary Rodriguez, and other officials, mentioned the broad scope of Mr. Ross' influence throughout the community, especially on his many former students.  Portfolio staff noted that his emphasis was on getting work done more efficiently and expeditiously, while always treating his colleagues like family. 

It was also revealed that, working alongside his staff, Mr. Ross led the recent complete revision of General Orders, which presently directs the actions of all civil servants.  That final document came into effect on 10 May last year. He was further charged with the development of the new Public Service Management Law, which was passed in the LA last December.

"This marks an important part of the Portfolio's transition, and we are delighted to express our appreciation and deep respect to Mr. Ross as he leaves a stressful and hectic job," said Deputy Chief Officer, Public Sector Management in the Portfolio Ian Fenton.

"He has been firm and by the book, but with compassion for the individual."

These sentiments were echoed throughout his portfolio.

"I most appreciated his kindness, and the fact that he did not make hasty decisions, but used the ethos that when in doubt, always think of how the Legislative Assembly will view your decisions," Manager, Operational Human Resources, Francene Roach said.

Mr Ross was also given a song tribute by Carol Best-Gould, and was presented with gifts including a black coral carving of the Cayman Islands.

The veteran public servant said he is looking forward to enjoying a "good, long rest," and to continuing his backyard farming.

His prowess as a subsistence gardener was appreciated over the years by colleagues who benefited from the fruit and vegetables he produced.

Mr. Ross also anticipates catching up on a lot of reading, as well as enjoying the music collection he has been unable to listen to for so long. He and his wife Regina will also be continuing to guide their teenage daughter Christina, who will hopefully soon be pursuing 'A'-level studies at St. Ignatius School.

This article was published in the Cayman NetNew on July 3rd, 2006
Submitted by William McTaggart


Knox alumni, Ambassador Ralston Smith has been appointed Deputy Commonwealth Secretary General. He is the first Jamaican to be appointed
to the post. In his new position he will be responsible for policy development, trade and economic issues, as well as development cooperation.

Ambassador Smith is JAMAICA'S permanent representative to the Office of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies in Geneva. He is also
Jamaica's  Ambassador to the World Trade Organization - WTO.

The Knox Association of Past Students heartily congratulates Ralston and
wishes him a successful term in his new post

Submitted by Douglas Clarke
May 4th, 2006
Niti servire, neque, cedere


Would you all help me express heartiest congrats to yet another Knoxite who has done us proud. Congratulations Ransford Smith.

Regards, Sandra Simmonds
Submitted May 2006


Hi All,
The newspaper story that I saw referred to Ambassador Ransford Smith. Molly (DaCosta)Rhone, Sheila (Arscott) Smith, Heather (Hogarth) Smith, Khaleel Azan, Errol Lee and enjoyed an afternoon with him last October after he was awarded the C.D. The gentlemen and I were classmates
of his.

Ransford was a gifted footballer, table tennis player and writer. He told us of his, still clear, memories of several epic table tennis matches between himself and John Logan.

His sister Sheila predated us at Knox. We are all proud of him.

Winston Hayden
Submitted May, 2006


It is with pleasure and a sense of pride that I share this good news with the Knox community worldwide. Professor Dr. Roy Lacey, class of 1973, has made several outstanding achievements over the years in the areas of Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Chemistry. Of course his love for and appreciation of the sciences flourished while he was a student at Knox College. Lacey often burned the midnight oil – in more ways than one- while traveling on the road to
blazing a trail and establishing himself as an authority on these subjects.

He has been honored by the state of Michigan, USA and by the Government of France and several other governmental and scientific organizations.
His latest achievements:
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, Long Island
Chair- Conference on Statistical and Dynamical Properties of Strongly Interacting Matter (Nuclear Chemistry) – to be held in New London, CT in June 2006
Vice –Chair elect, 2006 / Program Chair 2008 - Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology Officers
Member, Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (Department of Energy / Nuclear Physics Facilities) – advising the DOE and the President of the United States
Chair, American Chemical Society, Division of Nuclear Chemistry
We salute Roy on his splendid achievements. He hails form the farming community in South Trelawny. Perhaps his greatest achievement is the fact that he has maintained a sense of humility in all this. He has truly lived up to our school motto: Niti Servire, Neque Cedere.

Submitted by Sanda Simmonds, March 5th 2006





Sandra Simmonds
KPSA, Jamaica
Submitted February 21st, 2006


It is that time of the year again. Graduations...

The Knox family would like to heartily congratulate Mouna Mills, daughter of Knoxite alumna Angela Letts. Mouna graduated with honors from Hampton University, in Virginia USA, with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology. Mouna will begin her doctoral studies in Physical Therapy at State University of New York, Stony Brook, Long Island.

Once again, congrats to Mouna and to proud Mom, Angela.

Submitted by


"Niti Servire, Neque Cedere
May 20th, 2004







Submitted by Sandra Simmonds, April 13th, 2005


Greetings Fellow Knoxites!
For those who remember my brother George (Scott), I just wanted to let you know that he is being honoured this weekend by the West Indies Association in Hartford as an "Outstanding Business Leader". I'll be there!

Best wishes,

Submitted by Ruth Watt (Scott), March 29th, 2005


Please remember that Michael Thompson who was recently promoted to Assistant General Manager at Scotia Bank is a KNOX MAN hence congratulations are in order for Michael. Let us wish him all the luck as he joins another KNOX MAN, Michael Jones closer to the to.
Submitted January 2005, by Dennis Hickey


Kudos are in order for yet another past student, this time we must say congratulations to Aldwin Belefante, who is the principal of Irwin High School in Western Jamaica.
Please help me extend our best wishes, and success in his new job.
Submitted by Sandra Simmonds, September 8th, 2004


The Knox Association of Past Students (NY) , on behalf of the worldwide Knox community take this opportunity to extend heartiest congratulations to
Knoxite Dehlia (Harrison) Franklin on being awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie , Florida USA.

Dehlia manages a therapy facility in Pembroke Pines, FL. Offering services to pediatric patients in the areas of physical, speech and occupational
therapy. Hippo therapy (therapy on horseback) is also offered, and the clinic facility has been expanded to include adults.

Most of us will remember Dehlia as a major fashion designer is Jamaica and Florida, but she now concentrates almost entirely on her new career.

She will be hooded in a ceremony on August 29 2004.

Dehlia Franklin was a member of the planning committee of the recent Knox reunion in Florida, and has worked on other projects in the past. She is
married to Keith and they have 3 children.

The KAPS once again congratulates Dehlia Franklin on her fine achievement.

Submitted by, Douglas Clarke , KAPS-NY , PR Officer August 6th, 2004
Blossom Saunders, President

Congratulation to Charmaine Gentles, who attended Knox from 1979 through 1984. She recently graduated from Adelphi University, in May 2004 with a MSN in nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.
Submitted July 23rd, 2004

Congratulations to Mrs. Malcolm, the principal of Knox Junior School for recently receiving an International education from Nova Southeastern University.
Submitted June 29th, 2004


Nekisha Balfour (class of 1999) has graduated from Montclair State University, New Jersey, on May 21, 2004.  Nekisha has earned a B.A. in Psychology, and has graduated at the top of her class, Magna Cum Laude .  She is a proud member of the International Honor Societies Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key Honor Society .  Nekisha does plan on pursuing her Masters degree in the near future.  Congratulations, Nekisha!  You have done us all proud!!
Submitted May 27th, 2004


Hi All,
A knoxite has done it again, Please join me in congratulating Dunbar McFarlane on being designated to the the Post of General Manager, National Building Society of Cayman. See related Newspaper article below.
Submitted by Sandra Simmonds, April 21st, 2004


On April 3, 2004 our own Douglas Clarke and his lovely wife, Ann Marie, celebrated a milestone - their 15th wedding anniversary and renewal of their marriage vows at the elegant Holiday Inn in Rockville Center, Long Island. Close to 100 family and friends were there to witness this joyous occasion. There was much festivities, toasts, tasteful hors d'oeuvres, dinner and much dancing. Of course the Knox and Wolmer's communities were well represented, as well as Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Submitted by Valerie A. Clarke, April 8th, 2004


Michael "Icun" Jones has been appointed as General Manager, Human Resources of the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited effective April 1, 2004.  No fooling around with the date of his appointment. Please join me in Congratulating him on this great achievement. Please see Newspaper article attached.

Sandra Simmonds
Knox Past Students Association, Jamaica
Submitted April 5th, 2004  


I am pleased announce that Knox alumna Maxine A. Clarke was recently awarded a Ph.D in history  from Cambridge University in England. Maxine attended Cambridge University on a Commonwealth scholarship. Prior to that , Maxine obtained a Masters degree from Moscow State University, in Russia. (Before taking up her scholarship in England , she worked for a time at the Institute of Social and Economic Institute (ISER) at Mona campus of the University of the West Indies. While at Knox, Maxine was in Forbes Dennis House and represented her house  and her  school in track , netball , volleyball Once again, the Knox family says congratulations to Maxine on her achievement. (siblings are Valerie, Douglas, Dionne and Dahlia - mother Louise Clarke formerly of Spaldings).
Submitted by Douglas Clarke - PR Officer KAPS- NY Blossom Saunders, President, March 15th, 2004

We have "touched base"  with an outstanding Knoxite. Camille Graham , MD , FAAP (the former Camille Daley) is  the President of the Medical Staff of Cincinnati Children's Hospital , in Cincinnati , Ohio USA The Hospital is ranked # 8 in all children's hospital in the USA (US News and World Report) There are 1200 medical staff members. Camille attended Knox from 1955-1959 KAPS-NY says congratulations and best wishes to Camille Daley Graham.
Submitted by Douglas Clarke PR Officer KAPS-NY Blossom Saunders , President February 4th, 2004

Molly DaCosta Rhone, past Knox College Student, past President of the Jamaica Netball Association and now President of the International Federation of Netball Associations , was honored by the Gleaner Company in the 24th Annual Gleaner Awards Luncheon. Molly was honored for her contribution to sport, particularly her work in organizing the World Netball championships which was held in Jamaica in 2003.

Molly started her illustrious career in Netball while a student at Knox. She represented Knox and Jamaica. She (along with Barbara Jones and Pauline Scott) were responsible for the growth of Netball in the Caribbean.
(The Knox Association of Past Students (NY) paid tribute to and honored these three Knoxites at a function in 1997).
 Quote from the Gleaner:

Molly Rhone, immediate past president of the Jamaica Netball Association, was delighted at the Award for Sports given to her association and the Jamaican netball team for their performance during the World Championships, held in Jamaica, last year.

"We are very proud of our achievements in netball and we'll continue to work to bring pride to our country through sport," said Mrs. Rhone, who is now president of the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA).

 Douglas Clarke (PR Officer , Knox Association of Past Students (NY), submitted January 9th, 2004
Blossom Students (NY)


The following is from the Atlanta JIS, dated Thursday December 18th, '03

Congratulations to Bryan Carter:

A new President was recently elected to govern the Atlanta Jamaica Association. The Board comprises Bryan Carter, President; Annette Stewart, Vice President; Errol James, Treasurer; Hope McDonald, Secretary; Mable Smith, Assistant Secretary; Owen Edwards, Sergeant of Arms, and Sheila Vernon, Connie Whitter and Gregory Burnett as Trustees.

Delivering his mission statement at a recent meeting, President Brian Carter said: "I am committed to support and facilitate efforts that will enhance the visibility of the association in Atlanta and provide benefits for its members and the Jamaican citizenry in Atlanta."

The Atlanta Jamaica Association, he explained, would promote the well-being of Jamaicans in Atlanta and build the relationship between Jamaicans and Atlantans.

The vision of the Atlanta Jamaica Association is to promote friendship, unity and understanding between Jamaicans and Atlantans through benevolence, social, cultural and sporting activities to enhance patriotism, education, and civic responsibility.

President Carter, in outlining the goals of the new administration, said that during the administrative year the association would increase membership from 100 to 500 by March 2004, develop innovative and creative methods to attract new members, facilitate a membership drive with sponsorship from local media, and offer discounts from various businesses to members by March 2004, thereby making membership to the association more attractive.

Mr. Carter said that the Outreach Committee would provide assistance to support various community needs in Jamaica and in the metro Atlanta area and identify projects in Atlanta that would benefit the needy in Jamaica. He added that the Education Committee would provide scholarships to students in Atlanta and in Jamaica, and develop fund-raising activities to build scholarship funds.

The President said that the association would work to maintain contact with Jamaican families in the community, assist members and their families as their needs are identified. He also added that the association would pay special emphasis to Jamaica, particularly assisting with a number of projects.

He announced the appointment of 10 Chairpersons to head various committees, including Derrick Scott, Public Relations and Special Events; Jo-Ann McNish, Education; Karl Stewart, Cultural Complex; Paul Thompson, Membership; Dierdre Daley, Website; Derrick Wright, Outreach; Lisa Campbell, Finance/Fundraising; Copeland Comrie, Family Relations; Trevor Oldacre, Social Relations; and Gregg Wiggan, Jamaica-Aid Task Force.



Dr. Evon Walters

DR. EVON Walters, a Jamaican, was recently named a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE), for the academic year 2003-2004.

Established in 1965, the ACE fellowship is a leadership development programme in the United States.

It is devoted to institutional development by identifying and developing promising faculty and senior administrators in college and university administrations.

Dr. Walters, who is vice-president of student services at the Onondaga Community College in New York, will focus on developing approaches to solving problems at the college during the fellowship.

Participants in the ACE programme spend an extended period on another campus, working directly with presidents and other senior leaders, immersing themselves in the culture, policies, and decision-making processes at there.


In keeping with this aspect of the programme's requirement, Dr. Walters will be stationed at Morgan State University for the entire academic year.

Dr. Walters, who is from Spring Ground, Manchester, emigrated to the United States after completing Knox Community College, to further his studies. He remains committed to his alma mater, on whose behalf he establishes partnerships.

One partnership for study was established in collaboration with the late Helen Ramsay-Stills, former principal of Knox, with Mount Olivet College, Michigan. He secured from the Windalco bauxite company, sponsorship of 15 scholarships for Jamaican students.


Before being named vice-president of student services at Onondaga College, Dr. Walters served as chairman of the education department at Mount Olivet, and dean of multicultural affairs at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dr. Walters, who holds a doctorate and a Master's degree in higher education administration and a Bachelor's degree in health care administration, has been recognized for exceptional service in teaching, research and for his work with the ACE and Kellogg-sponsored national project on institutional transformation.

He joins a select group of 36 other Fellows, including professors, vice-presidents and directors, who will be involved in the programme.

Submitted by Douglas Clarke, December 8th, 2003


                                                                                 CONGRATULATIONS TO MOLLY RHONE:
Molly DaCosta Rhone was recently elected President of the World Netball Association. She started playing netball at Knox and even played for the senior team when she was 13 years old. She also represented and captained Jamaica.
In December 1999 at out banquet (KAPS-NY) , we honored 3 ladies who made a stellar contribution to netball at Knox and to Jamaica. They were Pauline Sinclair Scott, Barbara Buckley Jones and Molly DaCosta Rhone. We had a large turnout including former netballers like Marsha Cunningham Vernon and Olive White. Dr. the Honorable Basil Bryan was a special speaker and Honoree Dr. Barbara Jones was the keynote speaker. She was introduced by Dr. Peter Graham and yours truly was the Master of Ceremonies.
The banquet was held at the Freeport Yacht Club in Long Island, New York. Congratulations once again to Molly DaCosta Rhone , OD
Many thanks to Marsha Cunningham Vernon and Bloom Bourne Wellington for coordinating the delivery of a beautiful bouquet to Molly on this occasion.

To Molly:
Dear Molly:
    On behalf of the Knox Association of Past Students (NY), we extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes on your recent election as President of the World Netball Association.
    We recognize that this is an extremely responsible position, but with your grit , hard work, diligence which you started to develop at Knox, world netball is in very good hands. We recall with pride , your dignity and humility when we had the exclusive privilege to honor you and your  fellow Jamaican /Knox  netballers –Barbara Jones and Pauline Scott– here in New York.
    Once again , accept our best wishes. Rest assured that the Knox community worldwide is overjoyed at your election and we continue to support you.

Yours sincerely ,
Douglas Clarke, PR Officer
Blossom Saunders, President
July 26 2003


Rev. Dr. Roderick R. Hewitt is a past student of Knox College. He hails from Pike. His sister is Elvris- present Principal of Knox Community College.

United Church gets new shepherd
published: Tuesday | April 22, 2003

By Mark Dawes, Staff Reporter

The Rev. Dr. Roderick R. Hewitt, the new Moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands has set himself the task of encouraging congregations and pastors to strive for excellence. - Carlington Wilmot /Freelance Photographer

THE REV. Dr. Roderick R. Hewitt, newly-elected Moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, has set his sights on steering his denomination to higher levels of performance among clergy and congregations.

Speaking with The Gleaner last week, the Rev. Dr. Hewitt, Minister of the Hope United Church, St. Andrew, said he has a passion to encourage his pastors amid many disillusioning and discouragments that come with shepherding a spiritual community. "I think a lot of my colleagues need to be encouraged. Sometimes they might wonder 'What's the use,' especially when people don't appreciate what they are doing."

In a such a situation, Ministers become more vulnerable to settle for mediocre standards of performance ­ but excellence is the only acceptable option, he stressed.

"For the positive transformation of the society, you need small groups of people who are committed to that vision. I really believe in the power of the local congregations to effect change in the community around them," Rev. Hewitt said.

Having been elected Moderator, Rev. Hewitt will serve a term of four years. Thereafter, he may be elected to a second, but he cannot serve a third consecutive term, as this is not allowed under United Church rules.


A man with a strong and authoritative voice, the Rev. Dr. Hewitt, said: "I am a most unlikely person for moderator because I am not a lover of titles. I am not a lover of clothing, I like to dress lightly. I don't like titles, I was not born with a title. At the same time, I accept that there are some things linked with tradition that must be followed through on."

"I don't necessarily fit the status quo in terms of people wanting you to be certain things because I have to be true. I believe that it is okay to doubt. I believe it is okay when Christians don't understand everything about their faith and they accept that they don't understand everything. I don't believe we are in the business of finding answers for everything."

He served the world body of the United Church between 1984 and 1997 as secretary in missions at the Council for World Missions in London. His job took him to several countries which has played no small part in his approach to ministry on the local scene. He is strong on religious tolerance and is stridently anti-fundamentalist in much of his writings which have been published in this newspaper.

"Fundamentalism is in all religions. It is a form of intolerance of the other. It is a form of imperialism where the only truth is 'our truth' and the others are damned. With fundamentalism, we preach and educate hate and spread intolerance to our children," he said.


He explained how while in England, he became involved in inter-faith sharing and how this forged an openness and a healthy respect for other religions. "I have learnt the theology of listening. The people who are most intolerant are people who have not learnt how to listen. When you listen, you become more willing to hear even when you don't understand and we learn to accept that we are seeing through a glass darkly and one day things will be revealed."

As Moderator, the Rev. Dr. Hewitt oversees about 200 churches spread between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and which are served by about 100 pastors. Dr. Hewitt did his doctoral thesis on the interface between the Christian gospel and culture. He is strong on the church using the best elements of culture to communicate the gospel. He is not much of a fan of American Christianity as often depicted on popular cable channels.

"We don't think we are going to be a populist church. We don't think we are going to be a mass appeal church. We don't believe that is the only way to be the church. You have to be the salt and for growth for the long haul. When you talk about church growth in Jamaica, it is really a movement from denomination to denomination - transfers. We (Jamaican churches) have not really made strategic inroads into the culture. The Jamaican church was at about 45 per cent strength of the population at the end of the 20th century. This is about the same as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. What has increased is the number of denominations that have been formed since 1980," he said.

To better communicate the gospel and to do so in a culturally relevant way, the United Church is placing a lot of emphasis on training, especially as offered through its Institute for Theological and Leadership Development (ITLD). The institute, with head offices in Kingston, has outposts in Mandeville, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and the Cayman Islands. According to Dr. Hewitt, "We are challenging young people to make the Christian ministry a priority and not to see it as something that is left behind." And several of its young people have been responding doing various courses on a full-time and part-time basis, Dr. Hewitt pointed out.

A strongly missions-minded church, the United Church, Dr. Hewitt said, urges its Ministers to consider serving not just locally but overseas ­ particularly in the Third World. Indeed, a little known fact is that Jamaican missionaries from what is now called the United Church were instrumental in establishing the presybertian church in parts of Nigeria. Not much sending out of missionaries has been taking place from the United Church, nevertheless it remains missions-minded evidenced by its partnerships with other denominations. The church, he said, regards itself as both an entity that sends missionaries and which welcomes foreign missionaries here.


The synod, he says, has allowed up to 10 per cent of posts within the denomination to be occupied by foreign missionaries.

This year's synod was historic in that it was convened at the Jamaica Grande Hotel in Ocho Rios and thus had a residential air to it which allowed for more fulsome discussion of issues. Nevertheless, a lot of matters continue to remain unresolved, notably the denomination's position on Lodges.

For several years, the church has been wrestling to come to a comprehensive position on Lodges. The particular body charged with that study, Dr. Hewitt said, would continue its work and has had its scope of work widened to be more comprehensive in its report. The synod, held earlier this month, was told of housing projects, particularly in western Jamaica, that were on hold, pending the sourcing of funds. The housing solutions, Dr. Hewitt said, were not only for United Church people but also for the general public.

The synod also produced a position on gambling and a call for heightened pastoral care towards homosexuals ­ noting that this was a marginalised community for which special pastoral skills were needed, he said.

Prior to the synod, the church was grappling with the matter of accreditation of marriage counsellors, Dr. Hewitt said. "I think it is only a matter of time," Dr. Hewitt said, "before people start to raise questions about the standard of ministry that the churches are offering. We believe that with such an issue (marriage) to do with people at a most critical point in shaping their life's journey, that it should be clear that the person doing the counselling has a certain minimum level of standardisation. You must know that when you are putting yourself under the counsel of someone, that there are certain core expectations to do with set standards."

Such standardisation, Rev. Hewitt said should extend to the whole church and must be complemented with a culture of transparency in which the church will be willing to open up the books to the public and where pastors will disclose their emoluments. For it is not good to demand accountability from the state and politicians when the church does not practise what it preaches, Rev. Hewitt said.


Janille Smith, daughter of Heather (Hogarth) and Ransford graduated with honors from Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania recently. While at Easton, she was Resident Assistant, member of the Student Government and found time to play soccer, in addition to several other community and extra curricular activities.

Janille has been accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she will do graduate studies in Urban and Regional Planning. Before going on to Chapel Hill, she will be enrolled in a 4 wee business immersion program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. The course will focus on engineering and consulting, and will assist her in future career and academic options.

The Knox family says congratulations to Janille and her parents.

Submitted by Douglas Clarke, PR Officer  (KAPS_NY), July 6th, 2003
Blossom Saunders , President


Hi all,
Congratulations to Knoxite- George Reynolds for his recent promotion in the JDF .


The promotions of five Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officers were approved early this month by the Defence Board, the JDF announced last week.

One of the officers was: Lieutenant Colonel (Commander) George Sargeant Reynolds, Staff Officer Headquarters, Jamaica Defence Force, effective November 4, 2002;

Lieutenant Colonel Reynolds was granted a commission in the JDF on December 17, 1981 and completed his initial officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on January 6, 1983; captain on January 6, 1987; and made major on January 6, 1994.

Reynolds is a graduate of Knox College, Jamaica College, the United States Naval Staff College, the Institute of Management and Production where he won the Aaron Matalon Award for Excellence in 1998; and the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden in 2000, where he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for Academic Excellence, being the top student from among an international student body from 40 countries.
Submitted by Douglas Clarke, April 15th, 2003


Congratulations to Audley Carter for being promoted to Colonel in the JDF, as of July 21st, 2002.
July 24th, 2002


Hyacinth Baker - Living her dreams

This story is on the Go-Local Jamaica web site for Manchester. Please check out this and other interesting stories at

HOW MANY can attest to finding a profession they enjoy? And how many actually get to spend a lifetime doing exactly what they like? Hyacinth Baker is one such person, who has lived the life many have only dreamed. High in the cool climbs of the Dolphin Head Mountain, situated on the border of Clarendon and Manchester, Knox College has been the home of Mrs. Baker for the 26 years of her 36-year teaching career. She has attended the school in a number of capacities, starting as a student, and presently has been Vice Principal since 1992.

Despite being born in Manchester, Hyacinth spent most of her childhood in Clarendon. She attended elementary school in Thompson Town while boarding with a family friend. Many might say her life was disadvantaged - her mother died when she was only two and she lived away from the rest of her siblings while still very young - but Hyacinth has no remorse. She was the only girl of five children born to that union. Her father, a preacher, believed in education and insisted that her mother would have wanted her to attend high school. To facilitate this he boarded her out with a family friend who taught at Thompson Town Primary School. When her father remarried, her stepmother took on the noble task of raising his five children and later produced five more of her own.

Her relationship with Knox began as a student. She recalls that things were different then - classes were very small, no more than sixteen students in any class and most teachers were foreigners. After successfully completing her Senior Cambridge Examination, Hyacinth took the steps necessary to achieve her dream and enrolled into Shortwood Teachers College. It was good. The experiences were so varied, living with individuals from all types of backgrounds and learning things that she could take with her through life. At that time about 200 people attended the college, so you knew everybody. Teaching then was not so specific. You had to master all areas and were expected to be able to teach any age group, infant to senior. Her first job was with Shortwood Practising where she taught for a year before moving on to teach at Bellfield Secondary in Manchester. In 1977 she rejoined her alma mater, Knox College, in her new role as teacher, while specialising in a Geography and History degree at the University of the West Indies. She met her husband after college and they have been married now for thirty-one years. Although she had grown up with one and had been warned about the trials of marrying a preacher, she ended up marrying an Apostolic Minister.

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July 24th, 2002


The Knox Association of Past Students (NY) would like to extend heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Lorice (Jo) Townsend Brown and her husband Lawrence and the birth of their daughter,
Leah Alexandria.
Leah came into this world on May 26 2002.
Baby, mother, father and proud grandmother (Blossom Saunders) are all doing fine!
(Blossom Saunders, President of Knox Association of Past Students)

Douglas Clarke, PR Officer
Submitted May 27th, 2002


The Manchester Horticultural Society , under the guidance and direction of its President , Mrs. Velora Alberga , recently opened a Garden for the Blind
at its Ward Avenue property in Mandeville , Jamaica.

The civic function was held at the Bamboo Cathedral on the same compound. Reverend Dr. Gordon Cowans, Principal of Knox College, and representing the Caribbean Coordination of EDAN said the opening prayer and read the message from the General Secretary of EDAN.

Also included in the program was young Knox College student, Michael Champagne, who  gave a musical presentation which was as beautiful as the
flowers on display.

Note: Mrs. Alberga is a former parent of Knox, and presides over the oldest Horticultural society in the Western Hemisphere- 140 years old.

" Nothing short of a radical reorganization will be enough to involve our young people in the obligations of the community"  Lewis Davidson

Submitted by DOUGLAS CLARKE April 30th, 2004

"Niti Servire, Neque Cedere


Congratulations to Gavin Bailey, for being chosen as Air Jamaica's Employee of  the Month (Keeping the Knox flag High).
Submitted February 2002


Congratulations to Anna Schlobohm on her marriage during the 2000 Christmas holidays. Her family was all there for the joyous event. Wishing Anna and Daniel many years of happiness. 
Submitted January 2001


Congratulations to Reverend and Mrs. Schlobohm on their recent retirement. May they enjoy every minute of it!



 No expense was spared in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Saturday November 25,2000 when Knoxite, Garfield Robinson (alias Spider) claimed his bride.
The Weather was a cool 83 degrees in the tourist capital .
 Over two hundred guest were in attendance as Garfield and Petra said their vows, "Until death do us part". The wedding reception was held at the Grand Lido Hotel and Resort.
 Garfield is the Manager of the National Commercial Bank in Christiana, Jamaica, Petra a recent graduate of Florida University with a degree in Food and Beverage Management;  is the Food and Beverage Manager at The Sandals Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica.
Petra is my cousin.
Congratulations Garfield and Petra.
 Submitted by Karl Graham, Nov 29th, 2000       


Subject: Knoxman Donovan "Scally" Bailey runs well in Europe.
Bailey runs 9.98, claims he could have run faster. The Associated Press  LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) - Olympic gold medallist and former world  record-holder Donovan Bailey ran the second fastest 100 meters of the year Tuesday. The Jamaican born Canadian ran 9.98 seconds at the Spitzenleichtathletik Luzern meet. well ahead of Americans Kenny Brockenburr and Bernard
Williams, who ran 10.20 and 10.27, respectively. Only current world record-holder Maurice Greene has run faster this year, a 9.91.
Bailey said he was ``extremely relaxed'' and added: ``I could have run 9.80 today if I had fought harder.'' Bailey, who broke the world record in the finals of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, has struggled with his form since injuring his Achilles' tendon in 1998. He hopes to be fit to defend his Olympic title in Sydney in September.
He plans to train in Switzerland for the next week before running again at the Athletissima meet in Lausanne on July 5.
Donovan Bailey attended Knox during the 1980-1981 academic year.

Submitted by Evon Walters, June 28th, 2000.


Hi Folks,
    Congratulations are in order to Sandra Lewis who has made the bold step in opening her own Travel and Tours Business.
    Sande will be specializing in Tours, Cruises and all Travel Planning. Let us all support her as she launches out on her own:
    1105-E Spring Street
    Silver Spring , Maryland, 20910
    Tel 301 587-0420
    For you all who do not live in the Washington DC area she is also available to serve you. I am sure she will supply you all with a toll     free number soon.  I will forward the address to her web page shortly.
    Congratulations Sande!!!
Submitted by Kark Graham


Nadine Campbell of the graduating class of  Knox College 1992 and Community College 1994, took on to herself a husband Seven Simms on July 22, 2000. She is now Mrs. Nadine Campbell-Simms. They have a seven month old daughter Nadrique Simms. Nadine is a teacher at the Christiana Comprehensive High School.


Congratulations to Ava Tomlinson for having completed her BA in History and Archaeology at UWI.
August 26th, 2000


Phillip Slosberg.
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