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Remembering H.E. Cedric Lanyon Harper – longest serving Warden of Irvine Hall

Remembering H.E. Cedric Lanyon Harper – longest serving Warden of Irvine Hall

H.E. Cedric Lanyon Harper, has passed at the age of 87. He served as High Commissioner for St. Kitts and Nevis to Jamaica from 2001 to 2018 and had a distinguished 35-year career as a diplomat and was lauded as an endearing and effective representative for St. Kitts and Nevis who served his country with dedication, dignity and diplomatic aplomb by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris. He served in various capacities at the Mona, Jamaica Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) from 1967 until his retirement from UWI in 1995, including as the longest serving Warden of Irvine Hall, from 1967 to 1993.

He then started a law practice, working full-time up to 2000. H.E. Cedric Harper joined the Consular Corps in Jamaica in the capacity of Honorary Consul General of St. Kitts and Nevis, serving in that position from 1983 to 1999 and as Consul General from 1999 to 2000, before being appointed High Commissioner for St. Kitts and Nevis to Jamaica in 2001. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Harper also served as non-resident Ambassador for St. Kitts and Nevis to the Republic of Cuba.

He was born in Cayon, St. Kitts on September 25, 1930. From 1948 to the mid-1960s, he worked as an Assistant Teacher in Basseterre, St. Kitts then as a Headmaster in Gingerland, Nevis. He received an Award of Excellence in Teaching from H.E. Sir Kenneth Blackburne, Governor of the Leeward Islands (1955), a St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Honours Award for his contributions to Education and Public Service (1988), and a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (2005).

He is survived by his daughter, Adrienne, and his son, Douglas, as well as his sisters, Dora Stevens and Myrtle Heath who both live in Antigua, and his cousin, Mrs. Sylvia Manning-Gumbs who lives in St. Kitts. Mr. Harper was married to Dr. Barbara Lyle-Harper, who died before him.

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