UWI Statement – Observing the Passing of Professor Rex Nettleford of the Mona Campus

TO ALL STUDENTS;

Other tributes are expected from several Caribbean leaders and others impacted by Nettleford’s work and life. His body is to be flown back to Jamaica for burial.

Other tributes are expected from several Caribbean leaders and others impacted by Nettleford’s work and life. His body is to be flown back to Jamaica for burial.

The Guild Council 2009/10 regrets to inform you of the passing of Professor Rex Nettleford. Professor Nettleford was Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies and suffered a heart attack while on University business in Washington, D.C. on January 27th, 2010.

The President and the Guild Council wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, colleagues and friends of Professor Nettleford. The President, Mr. Carl Padmore, who is currently at Mona Campus, Jamaica attending University meetings is also acting as an arm of support for the colleagues of Professor Nettleford at Mona Campus.

The Guild is asking that persons wear black tomorrow in commemoration of the life and times of Professor Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, University of the West Indies.


Regards,

Danny S.A. Babb
Public Relations Officer
Guild Council 2009/2010

Here’s what ABC News said of the late scholar;-

Dr Nettleford in his younger days as a dance, probably how he'd like to be remembered?

Dr Nettleford in his younger days as a dancer, probably how he'd like to be remembered?

Nettleford, a Rhodes scholar, co-founded {Jamaica’s} National Dance Theater Company a month after Jamaica gained independence from Britain. He led the organization for almost 50 years.

Jamaica and the entire world have lost an intellectual and creative genius,” Prime Minister Bruce Golding said. “Rex Nettleford was an international icon, a quintessential Caribbean man, the professor, writer, dancer, manager, orator, critic and mentor.”

Nettleford, who was born in rural Trelawny parish in February 1933, long called for positive portrayals of Jamaica’s black majority.

His 1969 book, “Mirror Mirror,” examined the status of black Jamaicans nearly 10 years after the island became independent.

Nettleford was vice chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies from 1997 to 2004 and served as cultural adviser to three prime ministers, including Golding.

Meanwhile Caribbean 360 dealt with how and why of the late Mona Campus lecturer’s fatal illness;-

According to the Jamaica Observer newspaper, a medical report signed by Dr Christopher Junker of George Washington University Hospital indicated Nettleford suffered “catastrophic brain injury”.

After extensive evaluation and discussion with his medical power of attorney, it has been determined that [in] the absence [of] any possibility of recovering meaningful cognitive function, Mr Nettleford’s wishes would be to terminate any life support and we have followed his wishes,” Dr Junker wrote.

Life support was terminated at 7:45 pm and the vice-chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) passed away 15 minutes later.

The Jamaican academic had been in Washington to attend a fundraising gala for the university.

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  1. Yes indeed, the entire world now mourn the loss of one of the world’s stalwarts in cultural arts. Dr. Nettleford certainly left behind a legacy in which Jamaica ought to be proud of. I am happy that I was afforded the opportunity to have met this great man and did a little work with him. The world will miss you, Professor.

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