The man who coached some of Jamaica’s most successful young spellers has died.
Reverend Archer died this morning at 1:45 at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
He was in hospital for over a month and suffered from renal failure for the past five years, requiring dialysis two or three times weekly.
Archer was in dire need of a kidney transplant.
A doctor reported that he died from an apparent stroke.
In 1998, Reverend Archer coached 12 year old Jody Anne Maxwell, from Ardenne High School who became the 1st non-American to win the Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. during the competition’s then 71-year history.
Jamaica’s most recent Spelling Bee champion, Holy Childhood High student Sara-beth McPherson was also tutored by Reverend Archer.
His pupils won a total of 26 Spelling Bee Championships.
Source: The Gleaner