KINGSTON, Jamaica: Pauletta Chevannes has expressed appreciation to the government and people of Jamaica for honouring her late husband, Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Alston Barrington ‘Barry’ Chevannes, with the Order of Jamaica, noting that he would have been pleased.
“I want to thank the Prime Minister (Bruce Golding) for making this offer to him. He would have seen this award as one coming from the Jamaican people,” she said after accepting the posthumous award from Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, last Friday at King’s House.
Chevannes said although she would have preferred for her late husband to have accepted the award himself, “I do accept it with humility because I know that, that is how he would have accepted it.”
Chevannes, who died on November 5 at the University Hospital of the West Indies after a period of illness, was bestowed with the nation’s fifth highest honour for his outstanding achievements in research, academia, social development and the preservation of Jamaica’s cultural heritage. His daughters, Amba and Abena, were also in attendance during the ceremony.
Allen said the late professor’s work in academia and other areas is clearly known and appreciated by the nation at large. He expressed hope that the award would give the Chevannes family “the sort of assurance and comfort that he had not lived in vain and will be one of those individuals whose footsteps others will try to fill and to emulate”.
“I trust that the honour that (has been) bestowed on him will also be a means of showing you our appreciation and hope that it will bring great relief also to you and your family as you keep the memento in his honour,” said the Governor-General.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Rev. Ronald Thwaites and Principal of UWI, Professor Gordon Shirley, attended the ceremony. (JIS)