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UWI mourns former VC

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) joins others around the world in mourning the passing of its former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Roy Marshall.


Professor Sir Roy Marshall served as The UWI’s third Vice-Chancellor from 1969-1974, succeeding Sir Arthur Lewis, and Sir Philip M. Sherlock. In 1976 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from The University and in 2006, The UWI Cave Hill Campus Teaching Complex was renamed the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex in his honour.


In expressing his condolences, outgoing Vice-Chancellor, E. Nigel Harris stated, “The Caribbean has lost one of its most gifted minds. Sir Roy combined outstanding ability as a legal scholar with broad intellectual and leadership skills that saw him rise to become Vice-Chancellor of The UWI and subsequently of the University of Hull. He was highly respected in the international academic community, in particular in the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Our University mourns his loss”.


Vice-Chancellor designate Professor Sir Hilary Beckles who also commented on the passing, noted: "Sir Roy was my Vice Chancellor when I was a graduate student at Hull University. In those formative days I developed a bond with him. In this regard he was Vice Chancellor of the two universities I have been associated with. He was a mentor and a kind spirit who knew only how to help and guide. It was for me a great moment when we named the teaching complex at Cave Hill in his honour. We have lost a brilliant mind and a superb soul. "



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