Respected Rev. Glen Archer dies at 61

By Claudette de la Haye

Rev. Glen Archer offered his young protégé encouraging words from hospital just days before he died. Claudette de la Haye Photo
Rev. Glen Archer offered his young protégé encouraging words from hospital just days before he died.
Claudette de la Haye Photo

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Rev. Glen Archer of Scripps Spelling Bee fame died of kidney failure from the complications of chikungunya last Sunday in UHWI.

Archer had been hospitalized since Dec. 9 after problems brought on by a mosquito bite.

His passing comes on the tail end of producing his 26th Jamaican national spelling bee champion Sara-Beth McPhereson, 13. Only last week Sara-Beth of Holy Childhood, St. Andrews, won in a spell off.

All 26 young Jamaican spelling bee champs coached by Archer attended Scripps National spelling Bee.

I called at 10:45 a.m. Saturday to speak with his caregiver Josephine Varcia. She explained he was receiving dialysis and said she would get back to me later that evening. Shortly thereafter, Archer complained of headaches and feeling hot. It was discovered he had suffered a stroke and family members were summoned.

At 1:45 a.m. surrounded by his family and caregiver, Archer, a national hero, passed away peacefully.

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