Prominent Caribbean academic, Sir Roy Marshall, dead at 94

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Vice chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Roy Marshall has died. He was 94.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday February 4, 2015, CMC – The vice chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Roy Marshall has died. He was 94.

Sir Roy, who helped draft the Barbados Constitution, chaired the National Commission on Law and Order and worked on reform of the Legal Profession Act, died on Monday.

He had the distinction of being the first Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and also served as vice chancellor of Hull University in England, and Chairman of the Commission on Racial Equality in the United Kingdom.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley said that his brilliance was never tainted by arrogance of any type in spite of his tremendous accomplishments locally, regionally and internationally.

“Those accomplishments placed him in that rare group of Barbadians who truly, by their living, have brought credit to their country and their region.

“I shall truly miss Sir Roy and his counsel. He was for me a bridge to an earlier time that made more real and personal my understanding of the journey which we have travelled as a people,” she said.

Sir Roy had served as an advisor to Mottley when she was attorney general between 2001 and 2006.

“His embodiment of the classic Barbadian virtues reinforces in me why we must fight to continually instill them in our children as the anchor that will keep them rooted as they navigate their way through a challenging world still brimming with opportunities for them.

“I thank God for his life his work and for the opportunity to have received his counsel,” Mottley added.

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