Kevin Walter Bell (SPC 1951-59)
May 15, 2023
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Kevin Walter Bell (SPC 1951-59) who passed away peacefully at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Melbourne on 14 February 2023.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Kevin’s family, wife Jan and children Andrew, David, Julian and Katrina and extended family, including 11 grandchildren, and his brother and College Legend, Bill (SPC 1951-57, PY1958).
Kevin’s funeral was held at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Toorak on 23 February 2023.
Kevin and his brother Bill were boarders from their family’s hotel home in south Melbourne (Bell’s Hotel in south Melbourne later became a popular drinking spot for Old Collegians under Bill’s helm) and as there was only 17 months between the two boys, they ended up in grade five together at the same time, while their sister Anita went to Mary’s Mount (Loreto College).
Kevin was actively involved in life at SPC during his nine years of schooling in Ballarat.
In his matric year alone, Kevin was an Associate Prefect and a member of the Holy Name Society and St Vincent de Paul Society executives. He was part of the Literary Society and debating competitions and received the St Patrick’s Old Boys Prize for Physics, and F Gwynn Cup for the Football prize for his centre and forward play.
An extremely handy cricketer as well, Kevin received the “Khyatt” Cup for his batting in cricket, where he was captain of the First XI Cricket and applauded for “crashing his way to an unconquered 121” in a game against Grammar in the 1959 College Annual.
He was a member of the First XVIII Football and captain of Treacy in Athletics and a regular placegetter in the running events and hurdles.
After finishing at St Pat’s, Kevin went on to do Medicine and became a Professor in Radiology at Melbourne University and the Director of Radiology at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. He was highly-respected in his field and was retired at the time of his passing.