MR. A. S. WIRASINHA (1923 – 1985)
Mr. Arthur Shelton Wirasinha B.A. (Lond.) MA (Ed), Cert. Ed. (B’ham), was born in the Kumbalwella Viilage on 24th November 1923. He joined Richmond in 1927 and finished his schooling in 1941 having won the coveted Darell Medal which is the highest academic award for a student at Richmond. He then entered the University of Ceylon in 1942 and did his BA and passed out with an upper second class honours.
Mr. Wirasinha was a chorister, a debator, a dramatist, a scout, an athlete, a musician, a cricketer and a scholar. His ambition was to be a teacher and his first teaching assignment was at St. Anthony’s School, Rakwana. Whilst at Rakwana he contracted Malaria and had to leave for health reasons. He then taught at St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya for a short period. In 1947 Mr. E. R. de Silva the incumbent Principal of Richmond hand picked Mr. Wirasinha as the Vice Principal. Coming back to his alma mater as her Vice Principal was something Mr. Wirasinha relished.
Mr. Wirasinha won a scholarship in 1952 and proceeded to the Birmingham University to do his MA (Ed) and won the George Cadbury Prize for the Best Student of the Year and the postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration. Having completed his postgraduate studies he returned to Richmond in 1954 and continued to serve as her Vice Principal until 1957, when on retirement of Mr. E. R. de Silva the Mission elevated him to the position of Principal. He served in this capacity until 1961 and left the College after the take over of schools by the government and was appointed the principal of Wesley College, Colombo.
Mr. Wirasinha married Gladys Manel Duniwila (? – 2007) of Kandy, an accomplished pianist in her own right and had a daughter Dushi.