Kwaheri Dr. Peel
Faculty and staff in the School of Communication came together on Friday March 16, 2018 to bid farewell to their colleague and friend Dr. Clayton Peel and family. The luncheon which was hosted on the 7th floor of the DAC Building Council Room was attended by the Ag. Vice-Chancellor Rev. Prof. James Kombo and the Dean, School of Communication, Prof. Levi Obonyo.
Prof Kombo thanked Dr. Peel for the six years he had served at Daystar University. He cited Dr. Peel as one among a rare breed of people in Daystar. “Your presence in Daystar was an important enrichment to the University,” he said.
The Dean School of Communication said that Dr. Peel’s coming to Daystar was one of the best decisions the University ever made, because of his enriching interactions with the Faculty and students.
Citing the just retired Prof. Rebecca Oladipo and the late Ms. Mary Kizito, Prof Obonyo noted that the service of international faculty at Daystar had been very powerful, adding that Daystar should continue interactions with dons from other countries.
“We don’t want to lose you completely, I hope we can champion a partnership between your University and Daystar and also, continue to meet and share experiences”, said Prof. Obonyo, calling on Dr. Peel to facilitate a partnership between Daystar and his University. He further invited him to come for his sabbatical leave at Daystar.
Others who spoke included the outgoing HoD Communication, Dr. Rosemary Kowuor, newly appointed HoD STOC Dr. Kinya Mwithia, the new HoD Communication and Media Dr. Wambui Wamunyu, and HoD Language and Performing Arts Dr. Wandia Njoya.
In a poet manner, Dr. Kowuor applauded Dr. Peel’s wife Rozzie and son Jordan for releasing him to serve Daystar. She noted that Dr. Peel served without reservation. “We have a media hub today courtesy of Dr. Peel,” she said.
Citing Proverb 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches… ,” Dr. Kinya said Dr. Peel’s name brings impact and influence on people. “The way you talk and make people feel at ease is remarkable, she said.
Dr. Wambui Wamunyu said: “The problem with Dr. Clayton is that he works too hard. Be careful when you go to Namibia; don’t work too hard,” she urged.
Dr. Wandia Njoya said: “The Peels were good friends of mine because they are Pan Africanists like myself. “I admire you Dr. Peel for keeping the faith.
On his part, Film lecturer Mr. Emmanuel Wanyonyi thanked Dr. Peel for his immense contribution to East African Student Film Festival.
In response to these great comments and many more, Dr. Peel, who was accompanied by his wife Rozzie and son Jordan, said that from day one he perceived members of the School not as colleagues but friends; men and women with big hearts, who made his stay at Daystar and Kenya comfortable. “Your friendship was real and sincere and I appreciate,” he said.
“I am not the same person who came to Daystar six years ago, I have grown intellectually,” he said, further noting that Daystar had talented people with great minds who can generate solutions to the challenges facing the University.
“When you listen to Dr. Wandia talk with passion about education, Dr. Komen with her enthusiasm and Dr. Awiti with the many years she has put in, you realize how rich Daystar is. “I leave Daystar enriched,” he said.
In closing, the Peels made a presentation to Drs. Kinya and Wamunyu: A club “fimbo” for Dr. Wamunyu and a whisk for Dr. Kinya as symbols of leadership. Finally, led by Dr. Awiti, the School shared a cake in remembrance of Dr. Peel.