Brock and Butler made College Fellows
The Company of Honorary Fellows of the Bermuda College and their guests took over Coco Reef Hotel a week ago for their Annual Dinner and impressive Induction Ceremony. Newly inducted were former Cabinet Minister Dale Butler, MP, and Dr. Malcolm V Brock, who is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. College President Duranda Greene in a warm welcome noted that the Company of Fellows was formed in 1980 to recognise significant achievements of individuals in their chosen fields, with Fellowship being the highest honour the college could bestow. A moment of silence was observed for the Fellows who had passed away over the years, the most recent being former MPand educator Austin Thomas. Dr Greene then cited Dr Brock and Mr Butler, calling upon Chairman of the College Board of Governors Mr Walton Brown and Col Michael Darling, Hon Fellows Chairman, to do the honour of regailing the inductees. Standing in for Dr Brock was his father, 1993 Fellow Mansfield (Jim) Brock, who said his son was unable to return to Bermuda for the event at the last minute. Dr. Brock was born and educated in Bermuda at local schools and at the Bermuda College. At the age of 16, he spent one year in Japan as a Rotary Exchange student before returning home to begin pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology, first at Bermuda College and then at Princeton University with a minor in Japanese studies. He received his graduate degree in Oriental Studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and nine years of surgical residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Brock has been a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded, active medical researcher and clinician since joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2000, and continues to study epigenetics for the early detection, prediction and treatment of lung and esophageal cancer. He has given numerous presentations worldwide, including several at Bermuda College as a distinguished guest of the Corange Science Week activities; and has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Brock is married to Ronae and has 3 girls. Mr Butler was cited as “a passionate and popular educator, an advocate for national pride and community service” who is equally well known for his published works and documentary films. At 28, he became the youngest Principal ever to be appointed by the Ministry of Education, serving at St. George’s Secondary School for 12 years before moving to Dellwood Primary School for four years. Among other things, he successfully led the relocation of the school to the current Northlands property as part of an education reform package. An advocate of the disadvantaged and a champion of Bermuda’s grassroots community, in 1998 Mr. Butler was elected to Parliament, and in various capacities as both Minister of Community Affairs and Sports, and Minister of Culture and Social Rehabilitation, he was instrumental in establishment of Bermuda’s first National Heroes Day; Bermuda’s 400th year anniversary celebrations; the Mirrors programme; and the hosting of the 2004 Carifta Games, just to name a few accomplishments. He also initiated several memorial lecture series and was the inspiration behind the establishment of the Bermuda Musicians and Variety Artists Hall of Fame. Mr. Butler is a respected voice on Bermuda’s cultural heritage. He is a member of the Bermuda Heritage Museum; the Keep Bermuda Beautiful Committee; the St George’s Foundation, the National Trust, St Paul AME Church, the Leopard’s Club, and is a founding member of the Bermuda Rowing Association. He has received numerous awards and citations both locally and overseas for his prolific community and educational achievements. He currently serves as a director with the Little Venice Group. He is married to Marrah Tijamo who attended his induction as an Hon Fellow.