Dr. S. Jabaru Calon, renowned Liberian educator, politician and statesman, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 en route to the SOS Clinic in Congotown, Monrovia, following a brief illness.
Dr. Carlon most recently served as Commissioner of the Governance Commission, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Amos Sawyer. In 1997 Dr. Carlon joined Dr. Edward B. Kesselly, standard bearer of Unity Party, as his running mate in the presidential and general elections of that year.
He had earlier served as Secretary General of the Mano River Union at its headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Prior to that he was Director of African Studies Department at the University of Liberia (UL), where he taught for many years.
In the 1980s Dr. Carlon served as president of Tubman Technical College (now Tubman University) in Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.
In the early days of the Interim Government of National Unity (1990-1994), Dr. Carlon served as Minister of Youth and Sports under Dr. Amos Sawyer, President of IGNU.
Simon Jabaru Carlon was born on December 31, 1935 in Bendaja, Kporkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County to the union of Mr. Jabatee Carlon and his wife Maima.
Simon obtained his early education at the St. Phillips Episcopal Mission School in Bendaja, along with his close cousin, T. Edison Gbana. Upon completion of the sixth grade, the two boys proceeded to the Mbaloma Episcopal Elementary school in Grand Cape Mount’s Gola Konneh District, where they completed their elementary education. Simon, following completion of Mbaloma, proceeded to Mambo in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, where he taught in the Episcopal School there. Four years later he entered the St. John’s Episcopal High School in Robersport, Cape Mount, where he completed high school.
He later entered the University of Liberia where he specialized in Education at the UL’s Teacher’s College.
Simon was later awarded a fellowship to do graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Education.
On July 16, 1967, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, he took the hand of young Ms. Edith Massa Fahnbulleh in marriage.
This union, according to the eldest offspring, Dabbah, the union was blessed with eight children and many foster children.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Edith Massa Carlon, eight children Dabbah, Satta, Kula, Tenneh, Wuyatta, Zue, two sons, Sandi and Dao Carlon.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.