David Kassim Ali was born in Port of Spain on December 8th, 1941.
At an early age, his parents moved to Arima and although he admits not remembering much about that period of his life, he recalls that he attended Arima Boys’ Government School for a short while.
The family then moved to Curepe where he spent most of his adolescent years.
He attended the Nelson Street Boys’ R.C. School where he sat and passed the College Exhibition examination.
St. Mary’s College was his next stop. There he excelled in his Senior Cambridge and Higher Certificate examinations, winning an Island Scholarship and emerging as the Jerningham Gold Medallist in 1959, an honour awarded exclusively to the top student in the country.
A career in Medicine beckoned and David headed to the Republic of Ireland where he entered the University College of Dublin, graduating in 1967.
From 1967 to 1970 he did his Internship and worked at the Port of Spain General Hospital.
In 1970, he was posted by the Government to Arima as District Medical Officer with responsibilities for San Raphael, Talparo, Brazil, Mundo Nuevo and Cumuto as well as the North Coast villages of Blanchisseuse and La Fillette. He also worked at the Arima District Hospital and did sessional work at the Sangre Grande County Hospital.
In 1974, he set up his private practice in Arima and has continued to serve the people of the chartered Borough as a Family Doctor to this day.
For several years, he was an active member of the Lion’s Club of Trinidad East, serving as its President from 1975 to 1976.
He is the father of two children, Donna and Declan.
A true lover of cricket, he continues to follow the fortunes of the West Indies cricket team with great interest.
On August 23rd, 1981, he married Judith Julien and they live at Christina Gardens, Arima where he also maintains his medical practice.
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