I was very saddened to hear from senior Kirkbyite Janet Siah that our
beloved former English lecturer at Kirkby Dr K.J. Fielding passed away in May
this year. He succumbed to prostate cancer. He was 80+. He was my personal tutor.
A soft spoken man, he was very much loved by his students for his caring nature
for his wealth of English literature.
In his message to the souvenir programme of our Golden Jubilee
celebration on September 15 2001, he wrote from the
again had it not been due to unforseen circumstances. He continued " I
have the happiest recollections of my arrival in January 1954 and
leaving in October 1957. I never had pleasanter students to teach
since then. I enjoyed it."
May he rest in peace.
Chiam Tah Wen
Kirkby 1954-1956 & 1962
My mother, Rita Kennedy, wishes me to express condolences to the family and
friends of the late Dr Fielding. She has strong and pleasant memories of him
from her first years at Kirkby - as did my late father, Joe, who was a
colleague of his for most of the time Dr Fielding spent at Kirkby.
I believe that neither of them ever enjoyed lecturing or tutoring more than
when they were working with the Malayan students at Kirkby.
If you are a position to pass this on to Dr Fielding's family, I would be
All good wishes,