July 12, 2022
Hilda Mary Hinson Tucker
Much Loved History Teacher
1905 - 1990
For generations of Berkeley Institute students, the name Hilda Tucker is synonymous with history. She taught history for 40 years, holding the posts of first assistant mistress, head of the history department and finally, deputy principal.
After her retirement in 1970, she taught at Teen Services for 11 more years.
She served under four headmasters, and lived through an era of tumultuous change, while always managing to stay in step. Early in her career, she was president of the Bermuda Union of Teachers.
The wife of Hammond Tucker and a daughter of Charles W. Hinson, a former chairman of the Berkeley Educational Society, she was as committed to her students’ academic success as she was to the legacy of the school.
This was reflected in the good passes her students achieved in the GGE ‘O’ Level exams. In 1983, she received the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour for her many years of valuable service. In 1985, in an indication of the esteem in which she was held, former students presented a tribute to their beloved teacher “in words and music” in the school hall.