Teachers – Long Service
There are many teachers who served Richmond devotedly. During Mission administered times several of them remained for long periods unlike under government administration where teachers are subject to transfer on a regular basis even though they would have liked to give their best to the College. Richmond is referred to as a family and the Teachers were a family of their own who looked after the students, guiding them and educating them with much devotion. Some teachers who went on transfer kept coming back to Richmond whenever there was a gathering or when they could, which goes to show even after leaving Richmond they had a ‘green patch‘ in their hearts for the College. Richmond is unique in that most teachers who served in the Staff regarded and venerated Richmond as if she was their alma mater although they had their education elsewhere.
This listing is a mini-album of those who has served Richmond for a long period as well as other teachers who have nurtured Richmondites to be men and women of intergrity, are remembered. Finding pictures of teachers ‘Then and Now’ is a herculean task. Only the teachers whose pictures could be found are listed. We Richmondites owe an unredeemable debt of gratitude to all the teachers of Richmond irrespective how long they served .
Mr. A. R. Goonewardana (1878 — 1915)
He was the first teacher of the School. His work as a teacher was mainly in the Primary Department. For his last ten years or more he taught Standard 2 in the corner of the Hall on the right as you enter from the road. He was affectionately known as Andrayas Master. He served Richmond for 37 long years.
Mr. A. W. Dissanaike (1905 — 1938)
He joined the staff in September 1905 and succeeded Mr. Ludowyk (Snr) as Headmaster in 1935. He held this post till he retired from service in March 1938. He started as a Drawing Master, but made a special study of Geography when the teaching of the subject was modernised. He later taught Arithmetic as well, becoming a specialist in both subjects. He played a leading part in the Staff, taking up scouting after the departure of Mr. J. V. Mendis, and coming to reside in the Hostel. He won the respect and affection of his students, with many of whom he kept in touch with even after his retirement. He served Richmond for 33 years.
Mr. G. R. A. Fernando (1905 — 1940)
Mr. Fernando is an old pupil of Richmond and was an outstnading student ecelling in studies as well as sports. He was an all-rounder as a Cricketer. Having joined the staff of Richmond as a teacher he showed his prowess as an able administrator and Church worker. For many years he was the Superintendent of the Boarding House, and he was the Principal’s right-hand man. He was a reliable teacher and an excellent Prefect of Games for many years from 1911. In connection with the Church he was the Sunday School Superintendent and also a Circuit Steward.
He was the Cricket coach for many years, and coached even after retiring and served on the staff for 35 years.
Major F. A. de S. Adhihetty (1907 — 1946)
He joined the Staff in 1907 and was appointed Headmaster in January 1941. In 1943 his appointment was confirmed, and he held this position until he retired in December 1946. His reputation was made as an outstanding Cadet Officer. He began as a Lieutenant in 1908, and from the time that Captain A. A. Dias left in 1912 he was in charge of the Richmond Cadets being given the rank of Captain in 1920 and Major in 1932. It was under him that Richmond Junior Cadets earned an Island reputation. His greatest contribution was to character building. The success of the three Jubilee campaigns, as well as the Life Membership Fund of the O.B.A. and the Prize Endowment Fund of the School, will always be associated with his name. He served Richmond for 39 long years.
Mr. E. F. C. Ludowyk (1916 — 1935)
He joined the staff in 1908. In 1916 he was made the Headmaster of the college by Rev. Small. He was a dynamic character, not least on the cricket field. He was a tremendous worker and was successful in getting his pupils to work. A student and colleague has written of him: “The happy atmosphere of the staff common room was due to his understanding leadership, Richmond will remember him with gratitude as an unusually able teacher, a fine disciplinarian, a tireless worker and a thoroughly loyal friend.” His eldest son, Lyn, brought Richmond much honour, and is one of her most distinguished old boys.