St Kitts' first governor dies

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday February 21, 2011 – St Kitts and Nevis’ first governor, Sir Fred Phillips has died at the age of 92.

He died at his Hodges Bay, Antigua home last night after a prolonged illness.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas has expressed “sadness” at his passing. He said he will issue a full statement later today.

Sir Fred became the first black Governor of what was then St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla on the attainment of Statehood on February 27, 1967 and served until 1969. He had served earlier as Administrator until February 27, 1967 when he succeeded Henry Howard. 

He was also Cabinet Secretary of the West Indies Federation from 1960 to 1962, Senior Assistant Registrar at the University of the West Indies from 1966 and 1967, and chairman of Grenada Telecommunications Ltd, Telecoms of Dominica, and USAID Agricultural Venture.

Sir Fred also authored several publications.

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