THE MEASURE OF A MAN: Jamaicans from all walks have been saddened by news of the passing of J. Lester Spaulding, the stalwart whose name was very often mentioned in the same sentence as the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group, the media titan that he led as Chairman to its present perch as one of the leading media brands in the English-speaking Caribbean. Spaulding died at hospital on Friday morning after ailing for some time. He was 76 years old. The tributes have been pouring in. The Media Association of Jamaica (MAJ) hailed Spaulding for his “instrumental and dedicated work in the advancement of print and electronic media in the Caribbean.” His legacy, the MAJ said, will continue to impact the work of media houses across the region. The Broadcasting Commission called Spaulding “a shrewd manager” who had a “stellar career in media administration.” His passing, the Commission said, has left a void in the media fraternity. A former Chairman of the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) and a former director of the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) – playing a pivotal role in its establishment – Spaulding was inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) Hall of Fame in 2011. The Order of Distinction (Commander Class) is among his many honours.