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Dr Sinon Clarke


Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) mourns the passing of Dr Simon Clarke, former UNESCO Caribbean Director and Adjunct Lecturer at Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM). 
Dr Clarke served MSBM, Western Jamaica and indeed all of Jamaica his adopted country with distinction in the fields of Education and Public Service. 

Fourteen and a half years ago, the UWI Western Jamaica Campus was established, and there was no more fitting guest speaker for its grand-opening ceremony than Dr. Simon Clarke.  Dr Clarke would later serve as an Adjunct Lecturer in the MBA programme offered by MSBM and remained a friend and supporter of the Western Jamaica Campus. 
 The consummate educator, Dr. Clarke took his role seriously, and truly exemplified all the characteristics of a master teacher, mentor advisor, and consultant.  In the classroom, he delivered Critical Thinking and Arguments, Public Speaking, and Communication skills, all while teaching the stem of each word – Latin – Greek – Spanish as he went along. He was Teacher, Story-teller and a friend.  

Dr. Simon Clarke made a tremendous difference in the lives of the MBA students.   His personality was larger than life and he lit up the classroom with his knowledge, wisdom and infectious personality.  .Every moment was a teaching and learning opportunity for Dr. Clarke. There never was a convincing argument that he would not entertain. He never missed the opportunity to respond to students’ questions and knew how to light the fire of enthusiasm in them as he engaged them in animated discussions, whether in face to face or virtual classes. 

Sandra March, Programme Officer at MSBM, Western Jamaica Campus in remembering him stated; “To Dr Clarke, every student was worthy of deep respect and consideration, and he was adept at reaching in and pulling out each student’s unique hidden qualities. He has left an indelible legacy on the MSBM and the wider Western Jamaican Campus, UWI Mona”   

 In a personal reflection, Dr David McBean, Executive Director, MSBM, stated “Dr Clarke has had a tremendous impact on my own life from very early in my development, as would many from my generation in Western Jamaica and Cornwall College in particular.    His sterling public service, whether as a teacher, Principal of Sam Sharpe’s Teacher College or his later time at UNESCO, inspired generations of young Jamaicans.  I felt that a circle was closed when I came to MSBM and found that he was one of our adjunct lecturers and as always he gave of his very best.  MSBM and the nation have suffered a tremendous loss, but we also celebrate a life very well lived.  RIP my friend”.

We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends and assure them of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.