January 2023 Volume 19

KCOBA Jamaica honors US Ambassador Nick Perry

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Ambassador Perry receives KCOBA Award 2022

The US Ambassador to Jamaica was recently honored by the Jamaica Chapter of the Kingston College Old Boys Association at their annual reunion banquet held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in November 2022.

The award was presented by Keith Mitchell Assistant Secretary of KCOBA Jamaica.

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KC old boys award 'BUSS the Youths' scholarship to sixth formers

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Observer

Kingston College student Andrew Campbell receives a trophy from President of the BUSS the Youths scholarship Dr Stephan Neill in October

GRATITUDE was the shared sentiment among Kingston College students Andrew Campbell and Demar Anderson, who were awarded with 'BUSS the Youths' scholarships to complete their high school studies this year.

The students, who are in upper sixth form, each received $65,000 for their school fees.

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Big Purple Florida Fundraising Raffle Most Successful Ever

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

1st Prize Winner Tega Reid

The Florida Chapter announces the winners of the 2022 Big Purple Florida Raffle.

According to Audley Hewett it was the Florida chapter’s most successful ever.

The drawing was held on December 3rd, 2022.

On hand for the drawing was Jamaica’s Consul General to   read more

Working with the KC Manning Cup Team

Author: Errol “Honey” Maye

Errol Maye

From 1991 to 1992 I had the pleasure of working with the KC Manning Cup team as team manager.

The coach during my tenure was the talented and brilliant Vernon Bell. We had a terrific relationship. At that time, Bell was the General Manager of one of   read more

Meet the Florida Chapter’s Wilbert Hall

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Division Chief Wilbert Hall

Wilbert "Will" Hall is a member of the Florida chapter of the Kingston College Old Boys Association.

According to Audley Hewett, Wilbert is a quiet and fantastic member of the chapter whose hard work and efforts on behalf of the chapter have not gone unnoticed. "He offers   read more

The Passing of a Fortis Nation Builder The Most Hon. Dr. Marshall McGowan Hall, OJ, CD,

Author: Pat Bignall

Dr. Marshall Hall

1934 - November 22, 2022

The Fortis Fraternity acknowledges the passing of a distinguished Fortis - Dr. Marshall Hall - and extends sincere condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.

Dr. Hall attended KC in the 1940s and worked his way through university, gaining   read more

A Tax Nightmare

Author: Noel Spencer, MBA, LUTCF, EA

Tax Time

Many taxpayers borrow against their life insurance cash surrender values. In fact, a common strategy is to borrow cash value during your lifetime and then have the insurance company offset the death benefit by the outstanding loan amount when you die.

But when a life insurance policy terminates before   read more

King Pele has passed

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Pele and Howie Bell in 1977 at All Start Caribbean vs NY Cosmos at Queens Park Oval Trinidad

As the World Mourns the great Pele, Old Boys recall their encounters with him and his trip to Jamaica

In 1975 Pele visited Jamaica as a player on the New York Cosmos soccer team that played against an invitational team that featured Jamaican and KC   read more

Four KC Old Boys Awarded National Honours

Author: Pat Bignall

Dr. Warren Blake

Civil Honours and Awards are conferred by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister and are published in the Jamaica Gazette Extraordinary and announced in the media on Independence Day (August 6) annually. The Honours and Awards are presented at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony   read more

How to do a Class Reunion - Lessons from the KC Class OF 81

Author: Seymour Douglas

L-R: Members of Class of 81 celebrating a successful completion of the formal banquet and award ceremony

The Class of ’81 held its reunion in Fort Lauderdale, FL during the October 14th -16th weekend.

The reunion consisted of three events:

  1. An informal get together on the evening of Friday, 14th at Joy’s Roti Delight in Lauderhill, FL
  2. A formal banquet and award ceremony at   read more

    Atlanta Chapter Resumes Christmas Fundraiser in Style

    Author: Staff reporter KC Times

    KCOBA ATL Chrismas Party 2022

    After a two year break due to the Covid-19, the annual Atlanta Chapter George Thompson Memorial Christmas Party resumed in a new and elegant venue on December 10, 2022.

    This year’s event was held at the Falls at Autry Mills Clubhouse.

    The party started at   read more

    Annual Christmas Concert Marks 75th Anniversary of KC Chapel Choir

    Author: Staff reporter KC Times

    US Ambassador Perry with Choir and Ian Wilkinson emcee at far righ

    This year, 2022 is the 75th anniversary of the Kingston College Chapel Choir. The anniversary date was February 6th.

    The flagship Annual Christmas Concert was held at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the UWI Chapel in Mona, Jamaica.

    Under the direction of   read more

    The Roper Cup – New York edition 2022

    Author: George B. Bell

    The Roper Cup New York edition 2022

    St. Georges College and Kingston College are physically located within a couple hundred meters of each other. Additionally, the founder of Kingston College attended St. Georges College.

    Accordingly, there is a direct and inseparable link between the two well-known institutions. This familiarity and link fueled a number   read more

    Science Block Upgrade Project Nears Completion

    Author: Staff reporter KC Times

    Science Building

    The final shipment of supplies for KC’s Science Block has reportedly arrived in Florida for shipment to Jamaica after the Christmas holidays.

    Over 80% of the supplies were already delivered in October.

    Over the last several months a massive refurbishing project has been underway to   read more

    First Board meeting held in the New Douglas Forrest Building

    Author: Rainford ‘Perry’ Bloomfield

    View from 2nd floor Douglas Forrest Building

    The first board meeting in the new board room in the Douglas Forrest Building was conducted recently.

    The building completion is near at hand along despite construction delays.

    The principal's office, board room, and other active spaces from the left side of the ground floor   read more


Author: Professor Stephen Vasciannie

Dennis Duncan with Sir Garfield Sobers

It was a Thursday afternoon in March or April of 1973. Cricket season at Melbourne Park. Mrs. B. Urquhart, our much-respected and inspirational teacher of English, had taken early leave for the day, but had arranged for her colleague, Mrs. Holding, to sit with us from about 1:30 to   read more

Teacher Appreciation gets Boost from Jamaica Chapter in time for Christmas

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Teacher Incentive Funds President Richard Lindsay 1st Vice President Evon Sewell and Assistant Secretary Keith Mitchell handing over cheque of $300K to Principal Myrie.

President Richard Lindsay, 1st Vice President Evon Sewell and Assistant Secretary Keith Mitchell of the Jamaica chapter recently visited the school to deliver a check for teacher incentives.

The funds totaling J$300,000 are to go towards Christmas incentives for teachers.

These funds represent proceeds from   read more

As Queen’s death triggers court changes, lawyers joke about initials ‘KC’

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner

Attorney George Soutar KC

The death of Her Majesty the Queen, who was Jamaica’s head of state, has resulted in immediate changes to Jamaica’s court system.

No longer will the phrase ‘God save The Queen’ be used in the courts islandwide. Instead, it will be ‘God save The King’.

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The Mentoring Program at KC

Author: Albert Anderson

Members of the Fortis Pavilion and the KCOBA (local chapter) conducting mentorship sessions with Grades 7 to 9 at Melbourne. Mentors were Wayne Ribertson, Keith Mitchell, Patrick Duncan, Elvis Wilson, Garth Kitson, Dwayne Richards, Carlos Henry and Antonio Bell.

The Fortis Pavilion through its flagship mentorship programme continues to provide impactful guidance to our younger Fortis brothers.

The reality is that most of the negative behavioural issues being experienced by the teaching and administrative staff at Kingston College stem from inadequate parental support in the households,   read more

Tyrone Downie dies in Jamaica

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner

Tyrone Downie

Jamaican keyboardist, Tyrone Downie, best known for his involvement as a member of Bob Marley and The Wailers, passed away on Saturday night at a hospital in Jamaica.

Downie, who studied at Kingston College, and started his career while still in school, joined The Wailers in the   read more

Atlanta Board member Courtney Oddman mourns his Mom’s passing at 96

Author: Earl Adams

Iris Oddman

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Iris Oddman mother of long time Atlanta chapter founding-member Courtney Oddman is scheduled for January 6, 2023.

Services will he held at the Bridge Church on Pembroke Road in Miramar, Florida.

The funeral will also be livestreamed via   read more