MR. CLAUDE IVOR DE SILVA – (1961 – 1962)
Mr. Claude Ivor de Silva, BA (Ceylon), was born in 1923 and was the Vice Principal at Richmond from 1957. When his predecessor Mr. Wirasinghe left Richmond in 1961 to join Wesley he became the acting Principal.
Mr. de Silva an old boy of Richmond, graduate from the University of Ceylon. After leaving school, he took up to teaching, and for many years was the Secretary of the Christian Teachers’ Guild. He was teaching at Wesley and in 1957 came to Richmond when Mr. A. S. Wirasinha succeeded Mr. E. R. de Silva as Principal. He specialised in Geography, was strong in English and fond of classical Western Music and a tenor. When Mr. Wirasinghe became Principal of Wesley in January, 1962, he acted as Principal till the end of the first term, and resigned as a teacher in 1965. Although the resignation as many think was on language grounds it was mainly due to a remark made by Mr. Welikala at a staff meeting. Mr. Welikala had no option but to follow the Government Educational policies at the time and the remark he made he regretted later in life. He then secured a teaching post in Massachusetts, U.S.A. and has been teaching there ever since.