Harold Chan Lam, Founder of London College Passes away
Harold Chan Lam, the founder of the London College has passed away in the early hours of the 10th May 2012 after fighting a severe disease for a long period of time. Aged 73, he managed the secondary college for 45 long years.
Harold Chan Lam was the soul of London College. Son of a storekeeper at Flacq, he went to pursue his secondary studies at Royal College of Port Louis before flying to London for tertiary studies in Mathematics.
The brilliant student obtained a scholarship from the Imperial College in UK which he refused. He came back in 1963 and decides to make a career as teacher. Harold Chan Lam became the head of the department of Mathematics at the Curepipe College some months later.
Three years later, he decides to create a secondary school at Port Louis. The London College welcomed its first students in January 1966. He directed the college for 30 years before leaving the directorship to his son after the retirement of Wills Lee Sok Hing.
Harold Chan Lam was decorated thrice for his contribution in the Education sector. He received the distinctions of O.B.E, C.S.K and G.O.S.K. In 1988, he received the the title of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). On the 12 March 1995, he received the title of Commander of the Order and Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for his career in Education. On the 12 March 2001, he was made the Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK).
The former owner of London College also served as member in the administration of the Mauritius College of the Air (MCA).
Harold Chan Lam was well loved by his family, friends many people, despite education was paid before, many people were able to receive free education thanks to him.
The funerals of Harold Chan Lam will be held this Sunday. He is survived by his wife and three son, one of them, Jerry Chan Lam is the rector which his father founded.
Occupations and activities of Harold Chan Lam
Founder-Manager-Principal of LONDON COLLEGE since 1966
Lecturer of the University of Mauritius 1970
Member of organising committee for Seminar on Comparative Education during International Education Year 1970
Member of the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund , Dec 1970
Selected by late Judge Ramphul to represent Mauritius in the U.S.A. – Travel Project (among French speaking countries in Africa) for Teacher’s Unions in September 1973 (5 weeks Educational tour through different States in America.)
Member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP U.S.A.) since 1974
Founder-Member of the GIANTS group of Mauritius September 1976
Specialist in Mathematics (University of London U.K.)
Member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (A.T.M. England)
Member of the Mauritius Society of Prevention to cruelty to Animals (MSPCA)
Member of committee for the drafting of the PSSA first bill 1976
Treasurer of Managers of Private Secondary Schools Union – MPSSU (From 1971 to 1976)
President of Managers of Private Secondary Schools Union – MPSSU 1977
Organiser and Leader of group of 28 Managers of secondary schools
Educational Far East Tour, August 1977 (Bombay-Singapore-Bangkok-Hong Kong-Taipei)
Member of the Commision of Enquiry in the Post-Primary and Secondary Sector of Education under the Chairmanship of Hon. Justice Victor Glover, June 1977
Member of the University of London Local GCE Examination Committee
Co-ordinator-Unesco Associated Schools Project in Education for International Cooperation and Peace October 1978
Member of the National Commission of UNESCO Mauritius
Founder-Member-Treasurer of Union of Managers of Private “A” Secondary Schools (UMPASS) Nov 1981
Member of the PSSA Board of Discipline and Dismissal Feb 1984
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire O.B.E. – a New Year Honours 1988
Assistant Treasurer of MEDICAID
Rector of LONDON COLLEGE January 1989
Assistant Secretary of the Mauritius Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) June 1989
Member of Private Secondary Schools Authority Board (PSSA) June 1989 – May 1992
President of Union of Managers of Private “A” Secondary Schools (UMPASS) March 1990 – up to now
Member of the Regional Health Board (M.O.H.) Port Louis November 1990 – December 1993
Founder and Vice President of Federation of Managers of Private Secondary Schools 1991
Member of ‘Comité Ad-Hoc 25eme Anniversaire de la Cité – April 1991
Chairman Film Festival Sub- Committee – World conference on overseas Chinese March 1991 – November 1991.
Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (C.S.K.) on the occasion of the National Day 12th March 1995
Member of the National Education Council (NEC) for abolition of Ranking at CPE and Regionalisation – 1997
Assistant Treasurer of Mauritius Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) 1999.
Board Member of “Projet d’Accompagnement Social et Scolaire (PASS 2001) by Mouvement Pour Le Progres de Roche Bois (MPRB) Jan 1999.
Treasurer of Mauritius Society of Protection to Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).
Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK) on the occasion of the National Day 12th March 2001 (for long and outstanding services in the field of Education)
Chairman of the 2nd World Chinese Conference Committee held in Mauritius 13-15 September 2002.