Dr. Keva Bethel remembered at COB memorial
The College of The Bahamas yesterday paid homage to former president, Dr. Keva Bethel, who died in hospital four days ago, on the morning of the funeral of Bishop Michael Eldon, her brother.
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 Adderly, who revealed Dr.. Bethel was quite the singer herself.
Chairman of the College Council T. Baswell Donaldson lauded Dr. Bethel’s contributions to not only the college but also to the development of the country as a whole, through her work with the college.
“It is no doubt in my mind nor should there be any doubt in your mind that the contributions Keva made will live on forever,”he said.
“When she said something, she meant it. Her name was synonymous with excellence. Her name was synonymous with integrity and we celebrate the life of Keva Marie Bethel.”
The former director of the Continuing Education and Extension Services, Inez Peet, remembered Dr. Bethel as a vibrant educator and administrator who brought such professionalism to her post, that it allowed her to excel.
“She is truly worthy of our praise and highest honor,”said Peet.
“Dr. Bethel, in her own unique way, was able to touch the lives and impact our society in ways that very few have been able to do.
“Keva was one who possessed extraordinary talent and skills. She approached her tasks with dignity, enthusiasm and conviction.
“She prepared herself academically in such a way that she was successfully able to contribute to numerous aspects of our society.”
Dr. Bethel was given the distinguished honor of president emerita in 2005 and joined her brother Michael as an indelible contributor to the college. He was bestowed the honorary title of chairman emeritus of the college in 2004.
Chairman of the Bahamas Development Bank and former College of The Bahamas student Darron Cash remembered Dr. Bethel’s days as principal of the college.
He said Dr. Bethel’s leadership inspired him and ignited his faith in the ability of a few to make a big change in this country.
“In her own quiet and deliberate leadership by example, she inspired so many of us to commit ourselves to nation building one institution at a time,”he said.
“Indeed through her demonstrated leadership at The College of The Bahamas, Dr. Bethel solidified my faith in our collective ability as a people to build the strong institutions essential for national development.”
A farewell service for Dr. Bethel will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, on Thursday at 11 a.m.