1999 Hall of Fame Inductees


Kelvin ‘Pa’ Aleong was a dedicated and loyal son of CIC who made many a personal sacrifice to facilitate and ensure the development of St. Mary’s and national cricketers. His contribution to the development of sport in general and cricket in particular, at St. Mary’s has ensured that the College continues to achieve one of its major objectives, that of producing well-rounded citizens. After graduating from dC, he was involved in coaching at the College for over 25 years and during that time, he inspired many cricketers to realize their full potential. Among the several CIC students who benefitted from his coaching were some who went on to represent the West Indies, including Willie Rodriguez, brothers Bryan and Charlie Davis, Bernard Julien and Richard Gabriel. Many proteges of his also represented Trinidad and Tobago and these include the three Furlonge brothers, Carl,Hammond and Kenny, Richard de Souza, Andrew Clarke and Kenny Roberts. Two examples of the positive impact of his coaching are the fact that CIC was generally among the top three teams in the Senior Grade when the colleges still played against seasoned cricketers in the Trinidad Cricket Council, and also that upon the resumption of intercol cricket in 1959, the Saints won the North and National titles for 10 consecutive years. His passion for the improvement of cricket in Trinidad took him to the club grounds of Queens Park, Maple and Harvard where he coached some national players such as Andy Ganteaume, Selwyn Caesar and some QRC players. His sons obviously inherited his sporting skills with Andy representing Trinidad at both football and cricket and Eddy representing the West Indies at football.


Dr. Cipriani was born on April 2, 1908. He entered St.Mary’s College in October 1918, and obtained his School Certificate in 1924. He won the Stollmeyer Silver medal in 1925 and the Science Scholarship in July 1927. He entered McGill University, Canada on a Trinidad Island Scholarship where he studied physics and medicine. He began his research career at McGill and the Montreal Neurological Institute, before moving on to the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He joined the Chalk River Nuclear laboratories where he, with one W.V Mayneord, selected cobalt-60 as the most promising isotope for cancer treatment. André Cipriani pioneered the production of cobalt-60 which allowed treatments to begin in Canada in 1951. He was instrumental in setting standards for radiation hazards control and safe reactor operation at the Chalk River Nuclear Labs. He died at Deep River Ontario on February 23 1956 at age 47.


Ray Dieffenthaller was born on January 23rd 1901 on Queen Street and attended Western Boys School (Park Street) and St. Thomas’ Boys’ School (now Rosary). He won an exhibition to St. Mary’s College and attended here from 1913 to 1917 when his academic career was cut short by the death of his mother. He started his working life at age 16 after her death, he founded Hardware and Oilfield Equipment Limited in 1941 at age 40, arid remained as Managing Director for 49 years. He was a very generous man with a strong social conscience and assisted the work of the Chest and Heart Association and the Coterie of Social Workers. A staunch Catholic, he was ‘a major donor to Catholic charities and was a major fund raiser for various church projects’ including the establishment of the seminary and the renovation of Archbishop’s House. He was a director of Trinidad Cement Limited, the Cooperative Bank from 1945 to 1963, Colonial Life and Barclays Bank. He was awarded the Chaconia Medal in 1978. He died in January 1990.


Dr. Francis was born on 16th October, 1898. He attended St. Mary’s College winning an Island scholarship in 1918. He qualified as a medical practitioner in Ireland and later specialised in Internal Medicine. He was a member of the Medical Board for many years, president of the Civil Service Association and a member of the Public Service Commission in 1953-56 and again in 1959-60. A keen and competent sportsman in several disciplines, he was Island Chess Champion in 1937 and 1939, and represented this country at chess. He, along with Errol dos Santos, Learie Constantine and Lindsay Grant, was instrumental in forming the Trinidad Cricket Council, of which he was president. He was a member of the council of the Football Association, and president of Maple Club from 1940 to 1964. He was also a national tennis champion in doubles. He also served on the Management Committee of the CIC Past Students Union. He was awarded the Chaconia Medal Gold for his contributions to medicine and public service. He died on May 22nd 1974.


oseph (Joey) Gonsalves was born on Decenber 4th 1925 in Woodbrook and attended Nelson Street Boys and then St. Mary’s College from 1939 to 1944. He first played for CIC against QRC in 1941 at the age of 16 years. He was goalkeeper and captain of the CIC football team in 1943. He was selected for the national (colony) team to tour Barbados in 1944, and was made captain of the national football team in 1948 and led the team until 1953. He was also an accomplished cricketer, playing as wicket-keeper-batsman for Queens Park. He played for Shamrock and for Notre Dame, and was a member of the coaching staff at CTC for over a decade. He is regarded by knowledgeable football fans as the best goalkeeper ever in Trinidad and Tobago as exemplied by the fact that because of his extraordinary anticipation and positioning, he rarely had to dive to make a save.


Born in 1919, Arthur Lai Flook attended Nelson Street R.C. School, Tranquillity Boys’ Intermediate School and lere Central High School. He entered St. Mary’s in1930 on an exhibitIon from the Government. His scholastic career at St. Mary’s (as later his university career) was a distinguished one. In 1933 he was fifth in the Junior Cambridge examination and was awarded a house scholarship. In the following year he won the Jerningham Silver Medal for coming first in the same exam. In 1935, he won the Jerningham Book Prize for first place in the Cambridge School Certificate examination arid in 1936 he vas second to one Ellis Clarke in his first attempt at the Open Scholarship. In 1937, he won the Open Island Scholarship (in mathematics) and the Jerningham Gold Medal. During his career at CIC he was twice awarded a General Merit Medal for excelling in all College activities combined. After teaching for a year al the College, he left for France in 1938 to enter the Holy Ghost Novitiate, where he was professed on September 8, 1939. The next 6 years were spent at the holy Ghost Missionary College, Dublin. In 1942, he got the B.Sc. (with first class honours) in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics at University College, Dublin. In 1943 the MSc. (first class honours) and the Higher Diploma in Education; and in 1944 the BA. (first class honours) in Philosophy. In 1945 he went to the University of Fribourg in Switzerland for theology getting the S.T.B. summa cum laude. 11e was ordained priest in 1947 and returned to Trinidad the following year. During his stint at St. Mary’s, he lived up to his reputation as a scholar, the Higher Certificate/Advanced Level boys in particular benefiting from his mathematical ability. It can safely be said that he was responsible For coaching many of the students who won Island Scholarships for St. Mary’s over the years. But it was not only as a teacher that he used his gifts, he found time to keep up a constant study of theology philosophy and social science and used this to advantage in study clubs and discussion groups. In the 1960’s he was appointed as Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Nigeria. He later became the second Trinidadian and last Student to be appointed as Principal of St. Mary’s, a position in which he served from 1971 to 1978.


Patrick Solomon was born in Newtown, Port of Spain, in 1908. He attended Tranquility Boys’ before proceeding to St. Mary’s College where he won an Island Scholarship in 1928 and later studied medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast, and at Edinburgh, graduating in 1934. He practised medicine in the United Kingdom until 1939, and then worked in the Leeward Islands medical service from 1939 to 1943. He returned to Trinidad and entered politics in 1943. He won a seat in the Legislative Council in the 1946 elections, but was defeated in the 1950 elections. His stint in the Legislative Council at that time was famous for his Minority Report on constitutional reform, which advocated dispensing with the nominated system and an Executive Council drawn entirely from members of the elected legislature. He again won office in the 1956 elections. He was a founding member and deputy political leader of the PNM (1956-1966) and served as Minister of Education, famously as minister of Home Affairs and Minister of External Affairs between 1956 and 1966. During his tenure as a government minister, he engaged the Catholic Church and CIC. He was later to become very close to the Church and the College. He entered the diplomatic service in 1966 as permanent representative to the United Nations (1966-1971), and High Commissioner in London 1971-1976. In later years, he would be instrumental in the establishment of DRETCHI, an organization formed to assist the deaf. He died on August 26th 1997 at age 89.


Pedro Valdez was born in 1913 and attended St. Mary’s College in 1923, where he won the Jerningham
Silver Medal for being first in the country in the Junior Cambridge examination in 1928, took first place again in the Senior Cambridge the following year and followed it up by winning the Science Island Scholarship at his first attempt, in 1930. His interests at CIC were not merely books, as he was among other things, an energetic sea-scout and Chancellor Flag patrol leader. On leaving CIC, he entered the priesthood in Paris and a year later, began his philosophical and university studies in Ireland. At University, he obtained the B.Sc. with Honours in Mathematical Science and the following year he got the B.A. in Spanish and Education. He then went for his theological studies in Switzerland where he was ordained to the priesthood, returning home to St. Mary’s in 1939. He was invaluable as a teacher and his psychological insight made him much sought after as a spiritual director and adviser. He was also a proficient organist, an amateur painter, director of the College Camera Club and Area Commissioner of Scouts in North Trinidad for some years. He was appointed by Archbishop Finbar Ryan to spearhead the negotiations with the Government on the matter of retaining the denominational character of the assisted schools. The result of those negotiations was the Concordat. He was the first Trinidadian and CIC Past Student to be appointed Principal of the College, serving with distinction from 1957 to 1971. During his tenure as Principal, he undertook the construction of the Centenary Hall and taught Physics to the Sixth Form class whilst ensuring that the college maintained its standards of excellence. He died in 1989.


Much of the success that St. Mary’s College enjoyed in intercol football (and there were many) in the period 1940 to 1964 when Intercol supremacy was competed for among six colleges only, can be attributed to this inductee. In fact, his name is synonymous with football coaching at St. Mary’s. He attended St. Mary’s and represented the College from age 15 and then Trinidad from 1923 to 1931. He coached the St. Mary’s team from 1940 to 1963 during which time CIC won Intercol on many occasions, including eight consecutive victories against QRC from 1943 to 1950. His spirit of self-sacrifice and loyalty to the Alma Mater is well known and his influence on the many CIC students with whom he came into contact, created a positive impact on them both on and off the field, thus helping to shape their characters. He was Vice-President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association from 1939 to 1970 and was also involved in women’s hockey and horseracing. A number of his proteges went on to wear national colours among whom are Willie Rodriguez and Eddie Aleong who also represented the West Indies football team. Other students of his who graduated to the national team were Andy Aleong, Sedley Joseph, Jeff Gellineau and Tyrone de la Bastide.


This legal luminary was born on 25th August 1861 and won the Island Scholarship for CIC in 1879. He attended London University and was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in 1884. He established his law practice first in San Fernando and then moved to Port of Spain. He gained a reputation as a highly successful lawyer who had the highest respect of his professional colleagues and public officials. He was involved in all the big cases of the time and his success at the bar was deemed to be extraordinary. He was awarded the King’s Counsel (KC) in 1905. Described as a ‘fervent Catholic’, he was a member of the Board of Education, the College Council and a Commission on Education. He was a loyal and devoted alumnus of St. Mary’s College who was involved in all aspects of the life of the college. He died on 20th August, 1915.