2005 Hall of Fame Inductees


Mr. Wayne Berkeley, H.B.M. has become known for the professionalism of his designs and theatrical productions over the years and is now one of this country’s leading artists. While Mr. Berkeley was at St. Mary’s College in the 1950’s, art had no place in the official curriculum, but he grasped every opportunity to work on school concerts and plays and attended art classes taught by master artist M.P. Alladin at the British Council. When art was eventually introduced at St. Mary’s, while he was still a student at the College, he was asked by the Principal to teach art courses for his peers. After leaving CIC, Mr. Berkeley studied at art schools in England for one year but withdrew because, as he put it, the programmes were too limiting and did not allow him to develop his art, his own style, his own techniques. Soon thereafter, he returned to Trinidad and there began a long and successful participation in the national festival, Carnival. At that time, the major Carnival bands depicted mainly historical mas, with accurate recreations of past civilizations. He changed that emphasis, bringing carnival bands into the realm of fantasy mas, with great impact. His distinctive formula has won him an unrivalled eleven Band of the Year awards, including six consecutive titles from 1989 to 1994, beating the record previously held by the great George Bailey. Over the years, Mr. Berkeley has designed costumes and sets for musical and dramatic productions in Trinidad, the United Kingdom and the USA – including a Las Vegas cabaret review in 1991. He has won several awards and prizes over the years, starting with on from the Imperial Institute in London when, at age twelve, he was selected to represent the then Crown Colony of Trinidad and Tobago at an exhibition of artists from all over the Commonwealth. In 1964, he received the silver medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for the best floral arrangement with a carnival theme. The high standard of his work resulted in him being commissioned to decorate the airport and the altar for the visit of the late Pope John Paul II in 1985 and the royal dais and garden setting for the visit of Queen Elizabeth that same year. Mr. Berkeley has contributed significantly to the arts in Trinidad and Tobago, in the process, helping to put this country’s name on the world map. In 1974, he was awarded the Humming Bird Medal (Gold), for his outstanding contribution to carnival and culture in Trinidad and Tobago.


Mr. Fenrick De Four, C.M. might best be described as extremely unpretentious but very much a high achiever in so many spheres of his life. The myriad contributions to Trinidad and Tobago and to the wider Caribbean by this great but humble man are largely unsung, thus giving life to a poem written by the English poet Rudyard Kipling: “So let us praise these famous men, men of little showing, for their work continueth and their work continueth far beyond their knowing”. Such a man was this inductee, whose work on engineering codes and standards improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, although the majority of them had never heard of him. The present chairman of the Board of Engineers of T&T said of him: “His influence went beyond engineering because he was the lead author of almost every national engineering code and standard which are all about protecting public safety and the engineering profession – which touches all aspects of our lives”. For almost half a century there was almost nothing happening in the profession of engineering in Trinidad and Tobago that did not involve him. He was a founding member, President and Fellow of APETT, the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago, the first Secretary- General of the Council of Caribbean Engineering Organizations, the first Chairman of the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago (a position he held for twelve years) and President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago. As in engineering, he was equally selfless in his service to his fellow man, giving of his engineering and management skills to his church and to the community. He was a longstanding member of Opus Dei and an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He helped Servol with the management of its school in St. Ann’s, was a member of the Rosary Church Restoration Committee, and advised villagers in Toco on development plans for the area. He served on a number of State Boards including Textel and Telco as Chairman, and as a member of the Public Utilities Commission. His entrepreneurial spirit saw him found his own firm of architects and engineers – A De B Consultants Limited. Indeed Mr. De Four is a role model. He was the recipient of APETT’s prestigious Career in Excellence award for his long and distinguished career in engineering and the Chaconia Medal, Silver in 2004.


Bishop Malcolm Galt, C.S.Sp. was ordained priest in July 1955, in Dublin, Ireland and thereafter was assigned to Nigeria for a period of twelve years. During that time he taught at Christ the King College for four years and then served as the Regional Secretary at the Catholic Secretariat in Nigeria for another four years. In his final four years Bishop Galt did social work through the Catholic Relief Services in Lagos, Nigeria. On his return to Trinidad, he served as parish priest in a number of parishes. In July 1995, he was elevated to the position of Bishop and he chose as his Episcopal motto the Virgin Mary’s “Your will be done”. As both his priests and people will attest, he truly exemplifies this motto by his lifestyle. As the chief pastor of his diocese, he, through his simple lifestyle, has dedicated himself to shepherding his flock in every way. He does not allow the demands and trappings of his office to deter him from ministering to the sick and the needy. He observes an open door policy, which renders him completely available in dealing with his people. Like the late Archbishop Pantin, he is a good example of the Holy Ghost Fathers’ advice to its members: “Paratus ad omnia” – “Ready for all things”. As priest, Holy Ghost Father and Bishop, he has proven to be a wonderful follower of the Good Shepherd.


For over thirty years, Professor Emeritus Dr. Kenneth Julien has been a key player in the development of energy-based industries in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Julien is equally known for his accomplishments at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus where he was one of the founders of the Faculty of Engineering and headed the Department of Electrical engineering for twelve years. Through that medium, he has had significant influence on the education of many of the top engineers now practising in Trinidad and Tobago. His academic career at St. Mary’s was a brilliant one. Two years after graduating from CIC, he was awarded a scholarship by UBOT, a British multi-national oil company, to study engineering at the University of Nottingham where he topped the class. A few years later, he pursued his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where he was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from that university. When Dr. Julien became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at UWI, he was then the youngest person in the Commonwealth to hold such a post. But it is in the energy sector that he is best known for the significant contribution that he has made to the economic development of this country. He was the chairman of the Energy Co-ordinating Task Force, spearheading the massive industrialization drive that saw the establishment of the Point Lisas Industrial Estate and the energy-based industries. He is widely regarded as the country’s energy guru and the ‘father’ of the energy sector. Under his leadership, Trinidad and Tobago moved from being an unknown, to world leadership status in the export of a number of primary energy products. As Chairman of the Task Force and later the National Energy Corporation, he led this country’s entry into the global energy arena, building the Industrial Estate and port at Point Lisas, spawning entities such as Trinidad Nitrogen, ISCOTT, T&TEC’s Point Lisas Power Plant (now Powergen), FERTRIN Urea and Trinidad and Tobago Methanol. After bowing out of the limelight for some years, he returned to prominence in the 1990’s with his most significant achievement perhaps being the initiation, and development of Atlantic LNG, which has opened up gas market options that have stimulated off-shore exploration and production activity, leading to a rapid boost in reserves. Dr. Julien is a remarkable man who continues to contribute to the growth and development of this country in many ways, but mainly so as the Chairman of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. He was awarded the Trinity Cross for his outstanding and distinguished service in the fields of education, energy and national development and was named a National Icon in Science and Technology in Trinidad and Tobago in 2005.


As a calypsonian, researcher and educator, Hollis Liverpool, aka Chalkdust, has devoted most of his adult life to the preservation and development of the calypso art form. Since he entered the realm of calypsodom, Chalkdust has been renowned for his incisive and crafty calypsoes. The quality of his calypsoes is such that a number of English Language teachers use his compositions to illustrate to their students the use of metaphors, similes and other fi gures of speech. Chalkdust has recorded over three hundred calypsoes or academic papers as he calls them with very few, if any, failing to reach the high lyrical standards that he has set for himself. More than any other calypsonian, he has played a crucial role in researching and documenting the rich history of calypso. He is well equipped to carry out research, considering his academic qualifi cations, which include a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology from the University of the West Indies, an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in History and Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan. He has written a multiplicity of books and papers, including his masterpiece, Rituals of Power and Rebellion in 2001. Chalkdust has demonstrated that calypso compositions can be both intelligent and entertaining. In this regard, he reminds us of another great calypsonian and alumnus of St. Mary’s who was inducted into the St.Mary’s Hall of Fame in 1997. We refer here to the legendary Raymond Quevedo who sang under the sobriquet of Atilla the Hun and who, together with this inductee, could be said to be two of the best calypsonians ever in Trinidad and Tobago. Chalkdust won the Buy Local competition on five occasions and the calypso King of the World contest twice. His strength in the skilful use of words to comment on social and political issues has seen him being crowned as the calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago on seven occasions, with two of his most memorable compositions being The Driver Can’t Drive and the runaway winner in 2005 Ah Can’t Rhyme. He was awarded the Humming Bird Medal (Silver) in 1976 for his contribution to calypso.


Mr. George Padmore (original name Malcolm Nurse) may hardly be known by today’s man in the street, but his activism in the 1940s and 1950s has been credited with inspiring the countries of Africa to achieve their independence from Europe. Certainly, his name is less well-known than his contemporary, CLR James, his close friend, Dr. Eric Williams, or two African leaders to whom he was a mentor and theoretician, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. After graduating from St. Mary’s, George attended universities such as Fisk, Howard and Columbia in the USA, pursuing studies as varied as law, sociology and medicine, though not actually completing them, at least not formally. In 1927, he joined the Communist party in the USA and changed his name to protect his family back in Trinidad from any unwanted attention from the colonial government. He went to the Soviet Union in 1929 where he became an active member of Communist International and being highly regarded by the Communist authorities, he was briefly elected to the Moscow City Soviet. He was the editor of the organ of the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers for a number of years, during which period he produced his fi rst book, The Life and Struggles of Negro Toilers. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he was deported to England where he remained for the next few years and met and influenced some of those who would become the leaders of the newly independent African and Caribbean colonies, among whom were Kenyatta, Nkrumah, T Ras Makonnen and Eric Williams. He became one of the main drivers of the Pan-African movement, organizing conferences and producing material for many journals and periodicals in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. He identified with Nehru and his Indian National Congress’ struggle for independence, establishing an Asian-African Unity Committee in London to build bridges of friendship and solidarity between Africans and Indians. He began as a Communist but in 1945, when the Soviets asked him to stop criticizing its new war ally of Great Britain, he distanced himself from Soviet Communism and persuaded other Pan-Africanists to do likewise. He recanted his links with the USSR and is credited with keeping African countries from Communism. An intellectual with extraordinarily effective organizing abilities, George always went beyond the formulation of ideas, taking responsibility for political action and was indeed one of the fathers of Pan-Africanism.


After a short stint as a teacher at St. Mary’s, Christopher Thomas joined the Foreign Service of Trinidad and Tobago. He worked in several capacities in the Foreign Service and was later promoted to Permanent Secretary and Head of the Foreign Service. He was subsequently transferred to Venezuela as this country’s Ambassador, with concurrent accreditation to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Christopher was seconded to the Organization of American States as Assistant Secretary General for a period of two terms, before returning to Trinidad when he was appointed as an Independent Senator. Thereafter, he left for Geneva to be an Inspector of the United Nations and while there, he was Chairman of various sub-committees. At the Organization of American States he was Chairman of a major committee from Mr. Christopher Thomas, C.M. 1990 to 2000 and later assumed chairmanship of the Inter-American Economic Council. He has written widely on Latin America and the Caribbean and is the author of two publications on the Organization of American States and several articles on the United Nations. He has been decorated on three occasions for his work: the Order of the Liberation by the Government of Venezuela (the highest honour conferred by that country on foreign dignitaries), the Chaconia Medal (Gold) and the Award of Excellency for Diplomacy from the Institute of Caribbean Studies. At present, Christopher Thomas is the Chairman of the Public Service Commission and the Police Service Commission in Trinidad and Tobago.