The Harvard Club is mourning the death of its former President and Patron, Oliver Camps who died on Tuesday at the St Clair Medical after being admitted on Boxing Day. He was 87.
In a news release, the club stated that Camps had a strong claim on having had the most distinguished Club Membership ever. His membership with The Harvard Club spanned some 66 years beginning in 1952. Ollie, as he was called by all who knew him, was not only the longest active Club Member, but also easily the longest Club Administrator, having served in three of the principal management posts for a total of almost 50 years.
As an Administrator, he was first the longest serving Secretary, having held the post for 25 years, from 1961 to 1986. The measure of the respect he attracted from the membership in discharging the duties of the post is the nickname by which he came to be known: “Red Eric”, after the then ruling father of the Nation, Dr Eric Williams. He then served as Vice President for four years, from 1986 to 1990; and finally he as President for 20 years, from 1990 to 2010.
When he demitted office as President, he was immediately installed as a Patron of the Club, an Office which he occupied until his death on 1st January, 2019.
The statement ended, "The President and Members of The Harvard Club join with the national sporting community in extending sincere condolences to the family of Mr Oliver Camps."