The only Knighthood awarded in today’s Independence Honours has gone to a distinguished Barbadian surgeon and medical educator.
The island’s highest award, Knight of St Andrew, has been bestowed on Professor Emeritus Errol Ricardo “Mickey” Walrond who has made a significant contribution to the development of medicine in Barbados spanning almost 40 years. He was recognized for his outstanding service to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a consultant surgeon, and yeoman service to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the West Indies.
Relaxing at his Sandy Lane home last night, the 75-year-old retired professor who also practised as general, chest and heart surgeon during his long career said with some modesty, “It is always gratifying to be honoured by your country.”
Sir Errol first joined the medical staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a Senior Surgical Registrar in 1965, and became a lecturer at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in 1968. He returned to Barbados in 1974 and was named a professor three years later. He has since been credited with training some of the island’s finest doctors.
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