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A man committed to his purpose - News - Latest News - Jamaica Gleaner

February 15, 2015 9:03 PM
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A man committed to his purpose - News - Latest News - Jamaica Gleaner

Friends, family, colleagues and members of the education and Spelling Bee fraternity continue to mourn the passing of the Reverend Glen Archer.

The famed Spelling Bee Coach and educator died at age 61, at 1:45 this morning at The University Hospital of the West Indies where he had been admitted for more than a month.

Rev Archer had been suffering from chronic kidney failure for five years but worsened in December when he contracted the Chikungunya virus.

"He was a man committed to his purpose," said former principal of the Ardenne High School, Esther Tyson.

She says preparations were being made for a kidney transplant for Rev Archer, with possible donors being tested.

Reverend Archer, a trained theologian, was Jamaica's most successful Spelling Bee coach.

He coached 26 National Champions in The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee competition.

He was also the coach of Jody-Ann Maxwell, the Jamaica's first and only non-American to win National Scripps Howard Spelling Championship in the US.

Rev Archer was conferred with the Order of Jamaica, Jamaica's sixth highest honour, by the Government of Jamaica and recently received a The Gleaner's Honour Award (Special Award) for education.


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