Obituary: ERD Moulder

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History of Queens College

Mr. Edwin Richard Denys Moulder, late Principal of Queen's College, died in Barbados, on November 21, 1942, at the age of 69.

Mr. Moulder was the son of a former Vicar of alternately St. Augustine's and Christ Church. He was educated at Queen's College from where he won the Guiana Scholarship in 1891, and at Merton College, Oxford. He gained third class honours in History in 1895. He qualified as a Bachelor of Arts in 1896, and as a Master in 1908.

He took the Oxford diploma course in education in 1912 and served as Assistant Master, Lodge School, Barbados, from 1899 to 1901.

Coming to British Guiana in 1901, Mr. Moulder took up the post of Assistant Master, Queen's College, and held it until 1914. He served as Examiner to the Education Department from 1902 to 1914, and acted as Director of Primary Education from May to November, 1914, and from July to November, 1918. He served as an Inspector of Schools from April, 1914. He acted as Second Master of Queen's College from October to December, 1916, and acted as Censor, in addition to other duties, from August to November, 1917. He was appointed Principal of Queen's College in February, 1920, from which position he retired on pension on January 1, 1929.

As Principal of Queen's College he was regarded by the boys at that time as a caustic wit, but not a strict disciplinarian. He believed in the development of individual personalities, but there is no doubt that he enjoyed the respect and loyalty of the school.

Mr. Moulder was also an outstanding cricketer. He represented British Guiana in Inter-colonial Cricket and was a member of the West Indies teams in 1902 and 1911. At Queen's College, he played Garnett Cricket and was useful in raising the standard of play. Perhaps his cricket typified his character more than anything else — an unhurried elegance which made the graceful late-cut of which he was so fond, come as a surprise to the spectator, for its power of wrist and keenness of eye.