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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Funeral today for Chaconia Gold recipient Keller
Tobago-born Chaconia Gold Medal recipient, UWI stalwart and education consultant, Carol Keller, 68, died after a short illness on December 17, at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Dr Jeniffer Mohammed, acting head, School of Education, UWI, St Augustine, who knew Keller for 25 years, said on Wednesday: “We at the School of Education and the wider UWI community are extremely saddened by the loss of such a great humanitarian and an outstanding teacher and scholar.
“He was well-loved and respected and everybody regarded him a friend. We are particularly dazed because we were in the midst of discussing how best to honour him and had plans for showing him our appreciation for his life’s work at the biennial conference in education which we are hosting in April 2013. “We extend our sincerest condolences to his mother, wife, Louise and children, Christopher, Carolyn and Marcus.”
Keller was born in Tobago on March 12, 1944 and spoke of Mason Hall as his village. When students giggled about his name, he always opened his eyes wide and with a serious face explained its origin. He told them the name Carol was Romanian and meant “man.” Nevertheless, secretaries at the School of Education routinely fielded telephone calls and messages addressed to Miss or Mrs Carol Keller.
He attended both primary and secondary school in Tobago (Bishop’s). Keller came to Trinidad to attend UWI, where he graduated with first-class honours in history and economics in 1968. He taught economics at St Mary’s College and, graduated with the first cohort of the diploma in education at UWI.
Keller then obtained (in 1981) an MA from Stanford in international development education and an MSc in international relations from UWI. He was appointed lecturer in social sciences at the School of Education in 1976, and remained there until retiring in 2009. He continued to teach and supervise students until earlier this month.
For more than 30 years, Keller served UWI and the School of Education in various posts such as lecturer, dean, deputy dean and head of department. He supervised legions of BEd, DipEd, MEd, MPhil and PhD students, and was recently honoured by UWI for excellence in postgraduate supervision.
He had a particular love of the classroom and for decades visited schools to monitor and assist teachers in the diploma in education programme. As recently as last semester he was busy travelling to schools in Tobago every week doing just that.
Keller was awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 2005 for service to education. He served on the technical advisory committee of the Caribbean Examinations Council and many government and non-government boards and agencies, such as the Teachers Credit Union, the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies, Kairi Consultants, the Fire Services Examinations Board, the National Advisory Committee on Education, Trinidad Cement Ltd, and the Caricom Advisory Task Force on the future of education in the region.
He also received honours and accolades from national, regional and international bodies. His funeral will be held today from 10 am at the Church of the Assumption in Maraval. However, he will be buried tomorrow at 10 am at the UWI Cemetery, St Augustine. He is survived by his wife Louise, his mother and his children Christopher, Carolyn and Marcus.
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