A graduate and senior master for over 10 years Naps in the 1940's, Mr Ralph Laltoo contributed greatly to the classic academic milieu at the time, inspiring in his students a personal admiration and the love of English literature. Remembered by many for his white suits and crew-cut, he was Dean of Studies nd Dean of Residence for many years. He went on to be principal of Queen's Royal College, and then the first principal of NorthEastern College. Subsequently, he continued to teach High School English in Canada.
Mr Laltoo contributed inspiration and written material to this website, as well as summary video-clips in 1997, when there was little video available on websites anywhere.
Ralph's father was Rev. Henry Laltoo, one of the first local Presbyterian ministers; his mother was one of the earliest pupils of Rev. Morton's Iere Home for Girls. The family lived first at Diamond Village, where young Ralph would witness newly-arrived travel-worn Indian immigrants arriving on horse-drawn drays. Subsequently, they moved to nearby Penal. Ralph was an outstanding student at Napsrima in the 1930s — he stayed in the dormitory as a student and afterward as a residence master.
Dorm master (right) in 1945 At Mrs Walls' Red Cross Training Class, 1945
At Dalhousie in the early 1940s. Ralph obtained his Masters in English Literature. He was vice-president of King's College Literary Society, and his favourite literary quote, in the Dalhousie year-book, was: "O for a draught of vintage, full of the warm South".
Hr attributed his devotion to literature to early NC masters, as well as an Oxford-educated Dal professor who himself had studied under Oxbridge dons and essayists — an unbroken literary bridge to the NC traditions and scions of the 40s and 50s, such as Drs. McKenzie, Lee Wah, and Ramchand.
Mr. Laltoo wrote (and revised) his own obituary at right, a few days before his passing.