Since its founding in 1890, Queen’s College has produced scores of alumni who have distinguished themselves at the local and international levels. The Queen’s College Hall of Fame was created to pay tribute to these illustrious alumni who have made significant contributions to their communities, their professions and society as a whole.
Honorees in the Queen’s College Hall of Fame may be Alumni of Queen’s College who have served the school or country with distinction or persons who did not attend Queen’s College but have made significant contributions to the life or and/or Governance of the school. Their interests and activities, whether professional, vocational or voluntary, resulted in significant contributions to the betterment of their communities, or our country.
The achievements of Queen’s College Hall of Fame inductees will have reflected honour on the school. Inductees are persons whose personal qualities reflect the values of good character that Queen’s College seeks to promote in its students: respect, fairness, kindness, cooperation, honesty, dependability, responsibility, good citizenship, caring and self-discipline.
On February 16, 2003, The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and Queen’s College held a regional service at Ebenezer Methodist Church to launch the Queen’s College Hall of Fame and to induct Rev. Charles A. Sweeting as the first inductee.
Rev. Charles Sweeting is an alumni of Queen’s College (Head Boy), Class of 1959. He also served as a teacher of Religious Education. Rev. Sweeting served with distinction as the first Bahamian Alumni Principal of Queen’s College from 1979 until 1994, at which time he became the first Director of Development. He became the President of The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church in September 1995. In his capacity as President of the Church, he also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors until August 2002. Rev. Sweeting’s loyalty and commitment to Queen’s College has never been questioned and he is still involved in the welfare of the school. On September 19, 2014, one of the school's quadrangles was named 'The Rev. Charles A. Sweeting Leadership Quad. A sculpture was also placed in the quad in his honour.
On January 11, 2008, coinciding with the school’s 118th Anniversary, the Queen’s College family inducted two distinguished alumni into the Hall of Fame: Sir Durward Knowles, Class of 1934 and Captain Geoffrey Brown, Class of 1944.
Both inductees are dedicated to Queen’s College and its development. At the time, Sir Durward Knowles served as the Chairman of the Queen’s College Foundation which spearheaded fundraising efforts for the school. The Queen’s College Foundation is responsible for the building of the new Early Learning Centre as well as other campus improvement projects under Sir Durward's Leadership. The school was deeply saddened by Sir Durwards passing on February 24, 2018.
Captain Geoffrey Brown is a long-standing member of the Queen’s College Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, as well as the Queen’s College Foundation. Students are particularly grateful to Captain Brown for his role in the building of the Primary School computer lab and the school’s auditorium as well as the air conditioning of the auditorium. Our school was saddened by his passing on February 29, 2016.
In 2011, during the school’s 121st Anniversary celebrations, on January 13, Dr. Keva M. Bethel was the fourth inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Bethel is a distinguished educator, whose career in education spanned more than four decades, beginning as a classroom teacher at the Government High School and retiring as President of the then The College of The Bahamas after serving the College for twenty-three years.
Dr. Bethel is an Alumna of Queen’s College, Class of 1950 (Head Girl), where at Graduation, received the prestigious Parkinson Prize for Progress. She has given invaluable service to Queen’s College as a member of the school’s Board of Governors and its Staffing Committee for some thirty years. She has given sound educational advice to the school’s leaders. Queen’s College and indeed, the entire country, were deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Bethel’s passing on February 15, 2011. She is truly a Bahamian Legend.
In celebration of our school’s 127th Anniversary, on January 21st, 2017, at a special 'Henceforth Celebratory Event' held at The Crown Ballroom, The Atlantis Resort, six additional members of the Queen's College Community were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.
Mr. Hartis E. Pinder has served as Legal Advisor to the Methodist Church in The Bahamas, including Queen's College, for over 30 years. He has served as a member of the Q.C. Board of Governors where his service has been exemplary. His calm composure and sound judgment have served Queen's College well.
Mr. Marvin V. Bethell, has served the school for many years on the Queen's College Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Finance Committee in which capacity he provided sound financial leadership to the school. He continues to support Queen's College since his retirement from the Board of Governors.
Mrs. Harriet E. Pratt is a long serving member of the Queen's College Board of Governors, serving on the Staffing Committee. Mrs. Pratt has also served on the executive of the Queen's College Parent/Teacher Association. She has provided invaluable service through her expertise in educational leadership as a member of the school's recruitment team.
Mr. Oswald C. Munnings is a long serving member of the Queen's College Board of Trustees and Board of Governors. Mr. Munnings, while a member of the Finance Committee, readily made himself availbale to assist our Staffing Committe in all aspects of staff interviews. He is our 'School Archivist'.
Dr. Desirée Cox brings international distinction to our country and our school. She is the first person in The Bahamas to be recognized as a Rhodes Scholar. She is also the first female in the Caribbean Region to have achieved this academic honour.
Mr. John Robertson served on the Board of Governors for many years as Chairperson of the Finance Committee. He provided exemplary financial leadership and has continued to support the school since his retirement from the Board of Governors.
The Hall of Fame showcase is installed in the foyer of The Geoffrey Brown Auditorium. It occupies a prominent place on the campus and as students, staff, parents, alumni and friends file in and out of the auditorium, it is our hope that we will view the photos of these persons with a sense of gratitude and a prayer of thankfulness.