Governor General Dame Sandra Mason (front row, fifth from right) posting with the University of the West Indies alumni who were honoured as part of the institution’s 70th anniversary celebrations. (Picture by Reco Moore.)
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Three former Prime Ministers of Barbados were among 70 of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) most outstanding alumni who were presented with awards in a ceremony in the Quadrangle at the Cave Hill Campus today.
Owen Arthur, Freundel Stuart and the late David Thompson were recognised as the university celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson was also among the distinguished Caribbean people who attended the various campuses from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Former prime minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, who spoke on behalf of honourees, reminded the leaders who were present they had a heavy responsibility to craft a Caribbean that future students of the university would see as an example of what is possible.
Other Barbadians who were recognised include Governor of the Central Bank Cleviston Haynes, former governor Dr Marion Williams, former and present general secretaries of the Barbados Workers Union Sir Roy Trotman and Toni Moore and former Bishop of Barbados Dr John Holder.
Barbados’ first female postmaster general Margaret Ashby was honoured posthumously.
From the rest of the Caribbean, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris and his predecessor Dr Denzil Douglas; Premier of St Kitts Vance Amory; Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and Justice Adrian Saunders, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice, and President of Trinidad and Tobago Paula Mae Weekes were also recognised. (GC/SAT)