It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Past President (PP) Mr. Hilton CHEONG-LEEN (Class of 1940), CBE, JP, at the age of 99.
PP Hilton was the 6th President of the Association and served from 1954 to 1957. At that time, the College building was occupied by the British Military, and classes had to be held on Perth Street. PP Hilton was a key figure in campaigning for the release of the College building back to the Brothers. PP Hilton received the Distinguished Alumnus award in 2016 in recognition of his contributions.PP Hilton’s good work was not confined to the Lasallian community. A prominent civic leader, he was an elected member of the Urban Council of Hong Kong for a consecutive, record-breaking 34 years from 1957 to 1991, and the first ethnic Chinese Chairman of the Council. He was remembered for his advocacy for 9-year compulsory education and argument against child labour in Hong Kong.
We would like to express our deep respect for PP Hilton, and offer our condolences and prayers to his family.