Everyone associated with Carey College in Colombo for the past 60 years would have been deeply saddened by the passing away of David Alexander Stephen. Born on July 2, 1929 he was educated at Kingswood College, Kandy and took to teaching at Carey College as early as 1951. Just prior to his teaching stint there he served as a relief announcer at the then Radio Ceylon, English Service.
Most students came to know him as a Sunday school teacher, chief hostel master, master in charge of the first cadet platoon, chief house master of Carey House, master in charge of the senior English Literary and Dramatic Association and the staff advisor to the Student Christian Association.
Mr. Stephen was a wonderful teacher, good friend and illustrious Christian. He was a dedicated teacher for whom it was a life-long passion. An eloquent teacher of English, a specialised trained teacher in Mathematics, he was an indefatigable admirer of Elizabethan theatre and contemporary poetry. His benevolence was displayed when he even bought books for deserving students.
During the era of the late Rev. W.M.P Jayatunge, when morning school assemblies were a regular feature at Carey, everyone eagerly awaited Fridays, when it was Mr. Stephen’s turn to address the gathering. His characteristic smile and youthful vigour that radiated beyond the classroom touching all hearts, still linger on in our memory.
He was an active link between the Rev. Jayatunge and Rev. Wickramasinghe periods. Mr. Stephen’s charming personality was enhanced by his excellent communication skills. His subtle humour and his humility were part of his intrinsic personality. His loved ones bade him farewell on July 3 this year, but his influence will be remembered by many for years to come.
Dr. Don U. W. Wickrama