CAMPBELL, Dr. CONSTANTINE
Dr. Constantine Campbell, who was inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame in 2006 for his outstanding contributions to the sport of cricket both in his native Jamaica and Canada, has made it into another Hall of Fame.
The Cornwall College Old Boys 2014 “Homecoming” Planning Committee has selected him as one of the outstanding ‘Cornwallians’ to be honored during their 118th anniversary Homecoming Celebrations which is set for September 7-13.
Dr. Campbell, who spent his high school years at Cornwall College, which is located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, will receive the “Men of Might” Hall of Fame Award, which is given to Cornwallians who have served the school and country with distinction and have gained high international acclaim in their fields of endeavor.
The award is the fourth such given in this category. The inaugural award recipient was the late Professor Rex Nettleford in 2010, followed by Dr. Henry Vernon Wong in 2012 and Dr. Aggrey Brown in 2013. The award brings with it the honor of a permanent display in the proposed Cornwall College Museum.
Dr. Campbell, whose love for the game of cricket started as a young boy in Montego Bay, where he played for a lot of teams before migrating to Canada, is responsible for the establishment of a cricket team and the development of a first-class cricket ground in Swift Current, Canada.
Although described as a fanatic of the game, his love for the sport did not diminish his hectic study regime in pursuit of his PhD. On the completion of his PhD, he accepted a job with the Canada Federal Government Department of Agriculture Research Station in the small prairie city of Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
There was no cricket team there so he decided to establish a team. Through his persuasion he got a number of British and West Indian residents in the area together and formed a club.
Dr. Campbell, who makes frequent visits to his homeland, was also instrumental in reviving the cricket program at his alma mater Cornwall College. On one of his visits home to watch a Test match he became very disappointed when he learned that the cricket program at the school was no longer operating. Learning from the headmaster that it was due to lack of resources, he contacted some of his old schoolmates and was able to acquire sufficient funds to get the program restarted.