Hall of Fame 2007

 
Justice Kenneth Vincent Brown, C.M.G., K.C.
Professor Emeritus
Alan Knolly Butler, C.M.
Mr. Clive Pantin
Justice Clement Phillips, T.C.
Professor Ramsey Saunders
Mr. Garrett (Gary) Anthony Warner, C.M.
Professor Emeritus Lawrence Wilson
Mr. C.T.W.E. Worrell

Justice Kenneth Vincent Brown, C.M.G., K.C.

Justice Kenneth Vincent Brown, born in 1891, was the eldest of seven children of the Honourable Kenneth Vincent Brown, K.C., himself an alumnus of St. Mary’s and also an Inductee of our Hall of Fame. His brother Sonny is also an Inductee of our Hall of Fame. After leaving CIC, Justice Vincent Brown read law in England, qualifying as a barrister at Gray’s Inn, London, in 1915. He practised as junior Counsel in the chambers of Sir Lennox O’Reilly before being appointed Magistrate, Eastern District (1924), Assistant Magistrate, St. George West (1927), Magistrate, Victoria (1930), and Magistrate, St George West (1932). In his day, it was quite an accomplishment to be appointed as a magistrate in counties such as Couva, Victoria and East St. George. Like his father, he broke the then colour barrier to hold some of the positions that he did. In 1936 he was appointed Puisne Judge and in 1941, Senior Puisne Judge. He acted as Chief Justice on at least one occasion and served in the Supreme Court until his retirement. He served on a number of boards and committees, some of the more significant being the Forster Riots and Strikes Commission in 1937, Chairman of the Aliens Detention Inquiry Committee in 1937 and Chairman of the Oil and Water Board. He was known by all to be a man of the highest integrity. As a judge, he was always fair, quite fearless, and completely incorruptible. He dealt with matters coming before him as a judge with great dispatch, yet with an extremely high level of competence. In the late 1930s, he was a member of the high-profile Moyne Commission, established by the Crown to look in part into the Butler riots. That Commission issued such a damning report of the Colonial Office’s administration of the colonies that the British Government, fearing the Nazis would use it as propaganda against Britain, suppressed it until after World War II. He was recognised by the Crown for his outstanding legal work and was honoured with the prestigious George V Jubilee Medal and a Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal. On his death, he was given another high honour, being made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. He was a prominent turfite, following both local and English horseracing and was a steward of all three turf Clubs in Trinidad. In his youth, he played the game of cricket both locally and in England. Justice Kenneth Vincent Brown was a man strong in character, proud, stern and inwardly silent. He died in 1978 in what could be described as genteel poverty.

Professor Emeritus Alan Knolly Butler, C.M.

Professor Emeritus Alan Knolly Butler is an outstanding surgeon and educator who played a major role in developing the teaching of medical sciences at the University of the West Indies. In his 40-plus years of service as a medical educator, he has trained and mentored hundreds of doctors from the Caribbean region. Born in Mayaro in 1931, he attended St. Mary’s College from Form Three and later won a coveted Island Scholarship in 1949. He studied Medicine at the University of London, qualifying in 1956. At the undergraduate level, he won the entrance scholarship to Westminster Hospital, was invited to do an intercalated B.Sc. at the end of the pre-clinical years, which he turned down and won the pre-qualifying prize at Westminster. At the post-graduate level, he won the Hallett Prize, awarded for being the top candidate in the Primary Fellowship examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. This is the academic achievement of which Professor Butler is most proud. Professor Butler completed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1960 and continued to work at hospitals in London until 1963. He then returned to the Caribbean to assume the post of Senior Surgical Registrar at the University Hospital of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, under prominent Guyanese surgeon, Sir Harry Annamunthodo. With strong support from Sir Harry, he returned to Trinidad in 1967 to help in the start- up of the teaching of Medicine in Trinidad and Tobago. He initiated and developed the Eastern Caribbean Medical Scheme and was its head administrator in Trinidad for 23 years. In 1970 he left to pursue vascular surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital, London. At the School of Medicine at St. Augustine, he rose through the posts of Associate Dean, Vice Dean and later Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and was the Director of the School of Medicine from 1983 to 1994. He spent the years 1997 to 1999 in the Bahamas, directing the establishment of a branch of the Faculty of Medicine there. His skills as a teacher were in demand in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. His love for teaching and his high standard as an examiner caused him to be sought after, even after retirement. He still teaches basic science at the Trinidad faculty two afternoons per week. He is a founding member and Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of the West Indies – a think tank. Professor Butler received the Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 1987 and was bestowed with the title of Professor Emeritus in 1988. He was named a National Icon in Science and Technology in Trinidad and Tobago in 2005, Honorary Fellow of the Caribbean College of Surgeons in 2007 and received the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Surgeons award in 1997.

Mr. Clive Pantin

Mr. Clive Pantin, who was born in 1933, is one of those individuals who though involved in many sporting disciplines at St. Mary’s College, was able to balance sports and studies extremely well. He successfully pursued his Higher Certificate (HC) studies in Latin, Greek, French and Spanish at St. Mary’s. After leaving CIC, he graduated from the University of Ireland with a B.A. (Hons.) in French and Spanish and returned home to teach at Fatima College. He later earned a Diploma in Education at the University of the West Indies. He was rewarded for his excellent work as a teacher by being appointed to high positions that were previously held only by priests at Fatima, including that of Principal. There is no doubt that during the 24 years that he was attached to Fatima College, he made a significant contribution towards that institution becoming one of the premier secondary schools in this country. As a young sportsman, he played club football in the Port of Spain Football League when football in front of the Grand Stand in the Queen’s Park Savannah was in its heyday. His standard of play was good enough to earn selection for the north teams against south in the football classics of the day and also for Trinidad and Tobago, representing this country from 1957 to 1962. He also represented the country in hockey. He retired from first-class sport in 1965 and concentrated on his teaching career, writing two textbooks along the way, one for French studies and the other for Spanish. He was always interested in serving his fellow man and it was not a great surprise that in 1981, he resigned from teaching and entered the fray of politics. He did not win the seat he contested and so entered the private sector in the field of Personnel Management. He re-entered politics five years later and was appointed as a Senator. He served as Minister of Education and then Minister of Health within one five-year term. After leaving politics, he devoted all his energies towards social work. He established the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL), which has become a most effective vehicle to assist in the alleviation of poverty and hunger throughout Trinidad and Tobago. His ongoing work as the CEO of this charitable organization is widely recognized as one that is helping to improve the quality of life for many under-privileged folk. Mr. Clive Pantin is the brother of two other inductees to the CIC Hall of Fame, Archbishop Anthony Pantin and Fr. Gerry Pantin.

Justice Clement Phillips, T.C.

Justice Clement Ewart Gladstone Phillips was born on September 11, 1914 and entered St. Mary’s College on a Government Exhibition. At St. Mary’s, he distinguished himself academically and won the Jerningham Silver Medal (Junior Cambridge, 1929), the Jerningham Book Prize (Senior Cambridge, 1930), the Jerningham Gold Medal and Open Island Scholarship (Higher Certificate, 1934). He then proceeded to England and was enrolled as a student at University College, London, where he read Law. After taking his degree, he entered the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and was duly called to the Bar. On returning to practise locally in 1939, he had the great privilege of entering the chambers of the legendary L.C. Hannays, K.C. (later Sir Courtenay Hannays) – one of the most eminent lawyers at the local Bar at the time. It was here, under Hannays’ tutelage, that Phillips developed one of his outstanding skills, namely to dissect a legal problem and to find its heart. After his years in private practise and service as Senior Crown Counsel, he was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 1958 and in 1962 became a member of the country’s first post-Independence Court of Appeal, headed by Chief Justice Sir Hugh Wooding, T.C. It was with his elevation to the Bench that Phillips attained his full potential. He had probably lacked the necessary aggression to be considered a powerful advocate at the Bar but was, arguably, the finest legal brain to have ever graced the Bench of Trinidad and Tobago. Added to this, he possessed a near perfect judicial temperament which he combined with a fiercely independent spirit. It was his abiding belief that the judiciary was one of our most sacred institutions and he sought relentlessly to ensure its respect. This was never more evident than in his reaction to a newspaper article headlined The Judge’s Wife that appeared in the Bomb newspaper in May 1972. The article was essentially a scurrilous abuse of the judiciary and, as such, susceptible to being a contempt of Court. Phillips (then the Acting C.J.) brought the article to the attention of the then Attorney General, with a view to the latter taking such legal action as he might consider desirable, but the Attorney General declined to act. In the void, the Law Society launched contempt proceedings against the offending editor which resulted in his being convicted and jailed. Phillips’ legacy is in his many judgements. Perhaps, the most far-reaching of these are the two delivered in the aftermath of the mutiny in 1970. In Lasalle v the Attorney General (1971) 18 WIR 379, he gave a brilliant exposition of the meaning of ‘due process of law’ which has been frequently approved locally and in the Privy Council. Discussing the requirements of due process, Lord Millett in the Privy Council in Thomas v Baptist (1999) 2 LRC 733, at 744, referred to it as “the illuminating judgement of Phillips JA in Lasalle v A.G. from which their Lordships had derived much assistance”. In Lasalle, Shah and Others v AG (1973)20 WIR 361 (delivered in January 1972), Phillips upheld the Appeal of the mutineers from their convictions and ordered their release on the ground that the Judge Advocate and the Court Martial had committed gross procedural and other errors. There are many who see this latter judgement as being the explanation for Phillips not being appointed to the Office of Chief Justice when the occasion arose. It is widely acknowledged that he has made a most valuable contribution to jurisprudence, not only in Trinidad and Tobago but throughout the British Commonwealth. After his retirement, he served as Head of the National Sports Foundation and as Chairman of the Private Housing Estates Development Commission. On the personal side, he was a man of great dignity and an erudition that went well beyond the law. To those who did not know him, he might have appeared austere but, in the reality, he was possessed of no inconsiderable humour and charm. In 1952, he married Marian (nee Isaac) and was the father of two children, a son and a daughter. He was awarded the Trinity Cross in 1979 and died in 1980.

Professor Ramsey Saunders

Professor Ramsey Saunders’ humility belies his academic brilliance and his many achievements over the years. From the time he entered St. Mary’s College in 1958 after winning a Government Exhibition, he was always an ‘A’ student. His academic career is an absolutely dazzling one as is reflected below:

1968: B.Sc. First Class Honours
1969: Diploma of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, (as a Commonwealth Scholar)
1971:Ph.D. in Physics, (also as a Commonwealth Scholar at the Imperial College in London)
1971-1973: Post-doctoral Fellow at Freie Universitat, Germany
1973-1978: Senior Scientist at the German Research Foundation, at Freie Universitat, Germany
1978 - present: Professor and Chair of Physics, UWI, St.Augustine
1989-1993: Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, UWI, St. Augustine

He has spent much of his life sharing his knowledge with others by teaching and by carrying out research and development, mainly at UWI, St. Augustine. At UWI, he developed the Teaching and Laboratory programmes of the Physics Department, in Pure Physics as well as Applied Physics, consistent with national development in Trinidad and Tobago. His extra-regional research saw him collaborate with colleagues in Germany and Sweden in 2004 to produce the first in-vitro nano-plaques for Alzheimer’s disease. In the sphere of Research and Development, he has published over one hundred articles in international journals and at international conferences. He has been an invited speaker as well as Plenary Lecturer at several international scientific meetings. Professor Saunders has made a significant contribution to the development of countries in the Caribbean Region and Latin America, through conducting over one hundred projects in the sphere of Science for Development. Some of these projects led to PhD degrees, MPhil degrees and patents, for students in the areas of Medical Physics, Materials Science, Solar Energy and Nanotechnology. His regional work includes the establishment of the Center for Remote Sensing at the Institute of Marine Affairs in Trinidad and providing assistance in activities related to hurricane monitoring via radar systems. He is a founding member and Fellow of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. He has served this country as Chairman of the Institute of Marine Affairs and as Director at ISCOTT, Caribbean Industrial Research Institute and Niherst. He was also an advisor to the Bureau of Standards. Quite naturally, this internationally renowned scientist has received many honours. In 2006 he received the Pinnacle Award from the National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs. This is a Washington based body that embraces a wide range of organizations in America and this region, including Caricom, PAHO, the ACS and the Caribbean Congress of Labour. He won one of the International Man of the Year awards for Science in 1991 and one of the 20th Century awards for achievement in science in 1995 from the IBC, Cambridge, England. Significantly, on three occasions he has been invited by the Nobel Committee for Physics to make nominations for the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Mr. Garrett (Gary) Anthony Warner, C.M.

Mr. Gary Warner is a man of many parts: peace activist, academic, refugee advocate, anti-racism crusader and community leader. Not many people in Trinidad and Tobago may know about the successes achieved by this son of the soil, but the folks in Canada where he has lived for some forty years, certainly know about his achievements. Such is the extent of his achievements that on November 18, 2005, he was awarded Canada’s highest award, the Order of Canada medal. That honour was conferred on him by Canada’s Governor General, Michaëlle Jean. The now retired university lecturer taught Literature, French, and Peace and Development, at McMaster University since 1967. At McMaster, he was also chair of Romance Languages, Associate Dean of Humanities and Director of the Arts and Science programme. Over the past four decades, he has made time to be involved in a wide range of activities, both in Canada and overseas. He co-founded McMaster’s School for International Justice and Human Rights and is a long-time volunteer who has inspired thousands to become advocates for social justice. He is chair of the anti-racism group known as Strengthening Hamilton’s Community Initiative and was named as the 2005 Royal Bank of Canada Distinguished Citizen of the Year, in Hamilton. Mr. Warner did development work in West Africa and also chaired the board of Settlement and Integration Services Organisation (SISO), which helps new Canadians adapt to Hamilton. In the late 1970s, he spent two years with the aid agency CUSO, in Sierra Leone and was Ontario’s representative to the CUSO board in the late 1980s. In 1988, he received the Hamilton Black History Month J.C. Holland Award and in 2002, he shared the World Citizenship Award from the Hamilton Mundialization Committee with his wife of 39 years, who is also an activist. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the McMaster Students Union in 2004. These are just some of the achievements of this CIC alumnus, who was very involved in the life of the school during his seven years at St. Mary’s College, from where he won an Alliance Française scholarship to study in France. Born in 1940, his work has been summed up by one of his colleagues as follows: “His whole life has been dedicated to the service of others. He has not restricted himself to the so-called ivory tower but has taken his knowledge and applied it in the larger community and then taken what he has learned in the larger community and brought it back to the classroom”.

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Wilson

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Aldridge Wilson is internationally recognized for advancing knowledge of the physiology, agronomy and post-harvest biology of tropical root crops. He introduced many new teaching and research programmes that have led to the recognition of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine as a centre of excellence in agriculture. Born in 1934, he attended San Juan Government and Nelson Street Boys’ R.C. schools, winning a Government Exhibition from the latter. After leaving St. Mary’s, he entered the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) as an Open Scholar and graduated with B.Sc. (Chemistry, Botany, Zoology) and M.Sc.(Botany) degrees in 1957 and 1960 respectively. In 1964, he obtained a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Bristol for research on the zinc nutrition of vegetable crops. In 1964, he joined the Ministry of Agriculture where he conducted research on mineral nutrition of vegetable and tree crops. There, he devised a fertilizer management system for farmers and also a hydroponic system, using coconut-fibred dust and slow release fertilizers, which led to high yields of tuber crops and vegetables. In 1967, he began lecturing in Plant Physiology/Biochemistry at the Faculty of Agriculture at UWI. He led the root crop programme that conducted critical research on tuberous crop biology and in the process, initiated some 70 joint publications. He was appointed Head of the Department of Crop Science and later served as Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1981-1984 and 1988-1994. Under his stewardship as Dean, he established post-graduate training programmes in food and nutrition, the Caribbean Agricultural Extension Programme, the Continuing Education Programme in Agricultural Technology and the post-graduate Distance Education Teaching Programme in Agriculture and Rural Development. He later introduced the University Certificate Programme in Agriculture. Professor Wilson has lent his vast knowledge and experience to the world of agriculture through several important appointments and assignments. He was the first regional representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization, better known as FAO, for Latin America and the Caribbean and served on the board of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. He is editor-in-chief of the Faculty’s (UWI) journal, Tropical Agriculture, and serves on the international editorial board of the journal, Tropical Science. He was the joint winner of the first Third World Network of Scientific Organisations prize in Agriculture (1990) and was made a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Science in 1991. He was also the Chairman of a UN International Committee Meeting on Global Desertification in Ashkabad, USSR. However, his contributions are not limited to academia. He has given over 20 years of public service by serving on the boards of several regional and national bodies such as CARDI, Caroni (1975) Ltd, Fertrin and CARIRI. He also chaired the National Poultry Co. Ltd. and Cocoa and Coffee Industry Boards. He has a keen interest in sports and culture and is known to be a keen analyst of West Indies cricket. He represented CIC at Colts level cricket and played club cricket in the East St. George League. He was also the captain of the University steelband at Mona, Jamaica, leading them on a tour of Europe in 1957. This alumnus of CIC, who was appointed Professor Emeritus of UWI in 2001and named National Icon in Science and Technology in Trinidad and Tobago in 2005, has certainly made an extremely significant impact on agriculture, not only in Trinidad and Tobago but also internationally.

Mr. C.T.W.E. Worrell

The brilliance of Cecil Theophilus Wilfred Edward Worrell, fondly known as C.T.W.E. Worrell, came to the fore at St. Mary’s with him winning the Jerningham Silver Medal for Junior Cambridge in 1909, followed by the Jerningham Gold Medal and Island Scholarship in 1912. Prior to that, he attended Western Boys’ RC. From St. Mary’s, he studied law in England and qualified in record time. He was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn and then served as a trainee at the Chambers of a well known attorney in Port of Spain. He was appointed as a magistrate in 1933 in County St. George and two years later he was elevated to the post of Assistant Law Officer, a title that has been since changed to Crown Counsel. Holders of the latter office usually went on to occupy the top legal positions in the land, including that of Chief Justice, but this brilliant man did not follow suit. Some say it was because of his fiercely independent spirit, some offered as a reason, his leadership of the Civil Service Association, and others give darker reasons for his being by-passed by the Colonial Government and never rising beyond the post of Solicitor General and Acting Attorney General. He served as a temporary member of the Legislative Council on two occasions. His debating skills were evident while he was at St. Mary’s and undoubtedly, this gift stood him in good stead as he advanced in his career. As a Government employee, C.T.W.E. joined the then Civil Service Association (now PSA) and held the position of President from 1943 until1952. He also served as the Association’s Legal Advisor from its inception in 1938. During his tenure as President, he led negotiations for better working conditions for local Civil Servants, fighting to bring them on par with their British counterparts working in Trinidad and Tobago. The Colonial Secretary led the Government team, but C.T.W.E., as President of the CSA, led his team to win improved terms and conditions that included paid maternity leave; establishment of the Widows and Orphans fund to provide retirement benefits; and long leave entitlements and travel to England for senior Civil Servants. He was featured on a Trinidad and Tobago stamp along with other labour leaders such as T.U.B. Butler and A.C. Rienzi. Ironically, he was the prosecutor against Butler, who was charged with sedition in 1937-1938 and sentenced to two years imprisonment. This was just one of the many high profile cases in which he was the prosecutor representing the King. He became the most celebrated Crown Prosecutor in the colony of Trinidad and Tobago, creating history and legal precedent by successfully prosecuting many cases, with two of the more high profile ones being the murder of dancer Thelma Haynes, and the murder of Inge Singh. He was very involved in horse-racing, serving as Chairman of the Arima Race Club and as a Steward of the Union Park Turf Club in San Fernando. He had a wry sense of humour and was immortalized by calypsonian Spoiler in a masterpiece of a calypso, “Himself told himself you are charged for speeding”, – which is a true story. Truly a man who sacrificed much for the down-trodden, C.T.W.E. died on March 9, 1953.

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