By: Carol Provost, '76
much more than a citadel of academia. It is a hallowed place where, for
one brief, shining moment in time we would rendezvous to discover
ourselves and to embrace our strengths as young women of character. We
would absorb life lessons, revel in unfettered innocence, and make
steadfast friends and enduring memories.
touched and have been touched by so many Alpha lives and daily celebrate
this living Alpha Legacy, our common bond, in large ways and small. In
the Alpha sisterhood we are one, and in this spirit we will not forget
our sisters who have gone on to glory. Their innocent smiling faces and
the indelible memories of our time together live on in our hearts.
rest grant onto them Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls Rest In Peace. Amen.
bear in mind those who passed on as we pay this special tribute on
behalf of their beloved families and friends.
Leonie White, Class
Class of 1978
Anita Lawson (nee
Wong), Class of 1979
Grace Roslyn Hugh
(nee Pinnock), Class of 1958
Class of 1979
Andrea Malouin (nee
Bryan), Class of 1975
Mrs. Icilda Golding
Class of 1973
Class of 2004
Mitchell-Solomon, Class of 1983
Theresa "Leonie" Morales (nee
Richards), Class of 1946
Eunice "Niecy" Richards, Class of
Jean Garrel (nee Morris), Graduate
of the 50's
Daisy Lee (nee Chin Quee),
Graduate of the 50's
Mrs. Gloria Plant (English
Teresa ("Terri") Thompson, Class
Raquel Walsh-Silston, Class of
Corinne (Joanne) Chen, Class of
Sister Carol Mallette, RSM
Sister Mary Clotilde
Dr. Leila Thomas
Arlene Lym, Class of 1979
Clovis McMorris (1946)
Fitzroy Harrack (Art Teacher)
Stevie Davidson, Class of 1975
Vilma Ashman, Class of 1975
Veronica Morrison, Class of 1975
Denise McLennon, Class of 1975
Sister Mary Bernadette Little, RSM,
Sydney Reid, Vice Principal
Fitzroy Harrack (1945-2013)
(Taken from The Jamaica
Observer, January 13, 2013)
The following is a tribute from the
National Gallery in honour of Harrack's life's work:
MASTER sculptor Fitzroy 'Fitz'
Harrack passed away on January 10 and Life Tribute joins with his
relatives and colleagues at the National Gallery of Jamaica in hailing
this icon of the visual arts.
Born 1945, in St John's, Grenada,
Fitzroy Harrack received his early artistic training in Grenada and then
Trinidad before attending the Jamaica School of Art (later Edna Manley
College for the Visual and Performing Arts) on a scholarship.
Upon his graduation, in 1969,
Harrack settled in Jamaica and began exhibiting in group and solo shows
at well-known venues such as the Bolivar Gallery and the Institute of
Jamaica. He was a regular exhibitor at the National Gallery of Jamaica
where he participated as an invited artist in the Annual National
exhibition and subsequently, the National Biennial.
one of the artists selected for the prestigious Jamaican Art 1922-1982
Exhibition, a major survey of modern Jamaican art which was toured in
the USA, Canada and Haiti 1983 to 1985 by the Smithsonian Institution
Travelling Exhibition Service.
recently exhibited at the National Gallery in the 2008 National
Biennial, to which he contributed a metal mask, and in the inaugural
exhibition of the Guy McIntosh Donation, which included a major,
untitled and undated abstract carving.
is best known for his sculptural work in wood, metal and ceramic media.
Many of his works are abstract, such as his Caribbean Splash Forms
series (1977-1992) of ostensibly formalist wood carvings but, as noted
art historian Petrine Archer-Straw observed "Harrack's modernist
approach has always been tempered by his need to communicate through his
work, his interest in subject matter, and his reading of society;
characteristics that make his work accessible to the Caribbean viewer".
Caribbean Splash Forms, for instance, were inspired by Caribbean natural
forms and, furthermore, used local wood.
sculptural works, Fitz Harrack more directly commented on Caribbean
history, culture and society, using the human figure as his main focus.
He had a strong interest in music and dance, and his ceramic relief
Spirit of Togetherness, a public commission near the entrance of the
Sangster's International Airport in Montego Bay, depicts "a feeling of
living, working together and playing through music and dance", as he
related to Normadelle Whittle in 1985. The work was created on the
occasion of Jamaica's 21st anniversary of Independence in 1983 and, to
further quote Fitz Harrack, is based on "dance movements [that] were
extracted from studies and sketches from our own indigenous dance
history -- our National Dance Theatre Company performances from the
early 60s, starting with Etu and Dinky Minny."
Togetherness was one of several commissions Harrack executed and another
notable commission was Stations of Christ (1977-1978) at the Holy Cross
Church in Half-Way-Tree, which depicts the Passion of Christ from His
arrest to His crucifixion in a series of deeply moving, expressionist
relief wood carvings. There was also a more private side to Fitz
Harrack's work which was most obvious in his paintings and drawings that
contemplated human relationships, the body and the erotic, through
sensuous, curvilinear figural forms.
to his own work as an artist, Fitz Harrack also worked as a restorer of
sculpture and he is best known for his restoration in 2010 of Edna
Manley's Bogle (1965) monument, which had been badly damaged while
installed in its original location in front of the Morant Bay
was also an accomplished art teacher and taught at his alma mater, the
Jamaica School of Art, where he headed the Sculpture Department for
several years. He also taught at several high schools, namely the Alpha
Academy and the Hillel Academy, and also at the Tivoli Gardens Community
Centre. He served on the Jamaica Festival Committee in the 1980s, where
he was instrumental in the development of the Festival Fine Arts
Exhibition, and is also a past board member of the National Gallery. He
received the Gold Medal for Sculpture in the 1975 Jamaica Festival of
Fine Art Exhibition and the Order of Distinction in 1988.
Harrack's passing is a major loss to the local artistic community and
the board and staff of the National Gallery extend their deepest
condolence to his spouse, the noted ceramicist Norma Rodney Harrack, and
his other family members and many friends.
and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."