Minister in Guyana’s Ministry of Education, Dr Desrey Fox passed away at the Georgetown Public Hospital just after 3 this morning.
Guyana has lost it's most famous Amerindian daughter - Dr Desrey Fox
The Minister had sustained back and head injuries in a horrific three-vehicle smash-up on Tuesday evening just outside of Camp Ayanganna on Thomas Lands.
The Minister had been in the High Dependency Unit since and hospital sources said her condition worsened this morning and she passed away.
Her grandchild was also injured in the accident and is in the paediatric ward.
Minister Fox, 54, entered the Jagdeo administration following the 2006 elections.
She was born at Waramadong Village, Upper Mazaruni District. According to the Office of the President website she was awarded a Ph.D in Linguistics from Rice University.
She was also the holder of a MA in Linguistics from Rice University, a MA in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a B.Sc in Sociology from the University of Guyana.
She leaves to mourn three sons and other relatives.
Here’s Damon Corrie’s reaction, who respected her despite occasional differences;-
I was deeply saddened by this tragic news, I had known Desrey Fox since the 1996 SIDS (Small Island Developing States) United Nations sponsored conference in Barbados, and her son Terrence (whom I still consider a good friend) and I had many an adventure together on the upper Demerara River – where Desrey had helped me to discover long lost relatives.
We had our disagreements over the years, but that did not prevent me from being among the first to publicly congratulate her – or support many of her policies – when she became a Minister in the PPP-CIVIC Government of President Bharrat Jagdeo.
Truly, Guyana has lost its most famous Amerindian daughter!
May her soul rest in peace – knowing that her allotted time on this Earth was well spent.