Loving words in tribute after tribute for Dr. Keva Bethel

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February 21, 2011

Statement on Passing of Dr. Keva Bethel by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
My colleagues and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing early this morning of Dr. Keva Bethel, CMG, President Emeritus and Scholar-in-Residence at the College of The Bahamas.

Tribute to the late Dr. Keva Bethel by Philip Brave Davis
Dr. Keva Bethel's selfless dedication to education came at a watershed period in the growth of our country when those great women of her generation fought to change the course of our history.

Eminent educator Dr Keva Bethel has died
Her celebrated 50 year career in education culminated in a 16 year tenure as president of the College of the Bahamas for 16 years.
Yet, in addition to her contributions to our national life, is the underlying joy with which she served her country and revelled in being Bahamian. She seemed so forever young that her illness took many by surprise.

Queen's College Foundation Board of Trustees Statement on the Passing of Dr. Keva Bethel
She gave a passionate address at the 2009 Bahamas Business Outlook about her vision for the future of The Bahamas. She stated "It is important that we as a community recognise that our words...

Tributes pour in after death of Dr Keva Bethel
Renowned Bahamian scholar, educator, mother and grandmother Dr Bethel died yesterday morning at 5am at Doctor's Hospital with her family at her side.

Ministry of Education Statement on the Death of Dr. Keva Bethel
Dr. Bethel's legacy is indelible and far-reaching as she served as a teacher, head of department and deputy headmistress at the Government High School.
We are saddened by the death of a woman who inspired us all, and whose knowledge and contribution to The Bahamas was truly exceptional. It is extremely sad to see one of the quiet heroes of The Bahamas pass away. Dr. Bethel has been a member of Doctors Hospital’s board of directors and Foundation for the past 10 years, giving us unwavering support, commitment and guidance.
Renowned educator the late Dr. Keva Bethel once said “...let us aim for the stars, even if we only hit a tree.” It was a phrase that epitomized her commitment to nation-building and portrayed her vision for The Bahamas. Dr. Bethel imagined a country in which there was a national plan for development, one where formal education took on a transformative role and the church, the government and civil society worked together for the common good.

Dr. Keva Bethel remembered fondly at COB memorial
A mass of people filled the college’s performing arts center to remember the life and service of the first president of the college and the woman who helped tertiary education to bear fruit in this country, according to the individuals who made tributes to her. Several musical selections were also performed in honor of Dr. Bethel, including a song by Bahamas National Youth Choir Director Cleophas Adderley, who revealed Dr.. Bethel was quite the singer herself.

Tribute to Dr. Keva Bethel by State Minister Zhivargo Laing
I found in Dr. Bethel a woman of remarkable character, wisdom, grace and professionalism. No matter the issue, she was ever calm, even tempered and always willing to listen with thoughtfulness and understanding. To me, she exemplified leadership of the premier tertiary education institution in our nation; I became and remain a greater admirer of this remarkable woman.

Statement from the Leader of the Opposition on the passing of Dr. Keva Bethel
Dr. Bethel was an extremely gifted individual who was also kind and generous to a fault. Although of gentle disposition, she possessed an unwavering dedication to the causes in which she believed and was always a passionate and committed advocate, especially for the development of the College of The Bahamas,

C.O.B. Statement on the Passing of Keva Bethel, Ph.D
There are hardly words to aptly describe how much she has meant to our country and our institution. For so many years The College's image was her image. The College's strength was hers. The virtues that guided and sustained our institution, were a reflection of her own.

Celebrating the life of Dr. Keva Maria Bethel
A memorial service and celebration of the life of the late Dr Keva Maria Bethel was held yesterday morning at the College of the Bahama. Dr Bethel passed away Tuesday morning at Doctor's Hospital. The loss of the college's President Emerita and scholar-in-residence has deeply saddened the academic community, and one of Dr Bethel's colleagues said her "legacy is forever etched in the foundation of our great institution".

Queen's College extends condolences to Bethel family
Dr. Bethel has been an integral part of the growth and development of Queen’s College throughout the years. An Alumna of Queen’s College, Dr. Bethel was a member of the graduating Class of 1950. She received the prestigious Parkinson prize for Progress. Dr. Bethel gave invaluable service to Queen’s College as a member of the school’s Board of Governors and its Staffing Committee for some 30 years.

News date : 02/21/2011    Category : About Bahamians

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