Andrew Thomas Carr was a passionate, award-winning cultural icon from Trinidad & Tobago who was avidly interested in the areas of art, culture, politics and natural history during the 1920s through to the 1970s. Over his 60-year career, he went about his work quietly, dedicated to the projects at hand, never seeking personal reward but was awarded eight times (both internationally and locally).
Carr passed away quietly at his home at 17 French Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad during the morning of Tuesday, October 26, 1976. Thirty-four years after his death, Joslynne Carr Sealey has produced a detailed, reference book about her father titled He Served His Fellow Man – The Life & Work Andrew Thomas Carr, which records his legacy.
Carr Sealey spent close to two years researching the book.
“This book is not a biography of the life of Andrew Carr, although it does have biographical elements,” she says. “It is in fact an attempt to capture the rich and multi-faceted career of Andrew Thomas Carr (1902-1976), and the telling contributions he made to the national life of Trinidad and Tobago in his many spheres of activity.”
Indeed, many of Carr’s extensive writings, memos, letters and reports have been included in this reference book.
“Chiefly, it is my hope,” says Carr Sealey, “that the man will shine through the pages of this book: his caring spirit, his scholarly approach to all issues, his great love for the culture of Trinidad & Tobago, and his hope that we would indeed become a unique people. He laughingly said that we were God’s pilot study, and I reference him when I say that he felt that Trinidad & Tobago was in fact ‘a United Nations in miniature’.”
Published by Lexicon Trinidad Ltd., He Served His Fellow Man – The Life & Work Andrew Thomas Carr is a 456-page reference book. It will be available for sale in Trinidad & Tobago from November 26; in Toronto through A Different Booklist (www.adifferentbooklist.com) from December 10, and online internationally at Commess University (www.commessuniversity.com) and Amazon.com (www.amazon.com) from December 13th, 2010.