SOCIAL SCENE: Fond farewell to Sir George
IT WAS A glitzy event attended by notables in Caribbean academia when the University of the West Indies (UWI) formally said farewell to retiring chancellor Sir George Alleyne.
Officials from UWI campuses across the Caribbean, graduates who sat at the Barbadian academic’s feet, family, friends, diplomats and a host of other guests toasted Sir George at the ceremonial dinner at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination last week, amidst tributes for his outstanding contribution to the Caribbean in both academics and health. He also served as director of the Pan American Health Organisation for two consecutive terms.
Sitting at the head table with his wife Sylvan Lady Alleyne, a modest Sir George basked in the accolades showered on him at the end of a sterling career. He was delighted to be sharing the occasion with his children, his brother Adonijah and his sisters Jacqueline Wade, Leonora Benjamin, Cynthia Wilson and Carol Alleyne-Fraser.