NASSAU, Bahamas -- Sir Arthur Foulkes, Deputy to the Governor General and Director General of The Bahamas Information Services Department and his wife Joan Lady Foulkes (right) left Nassau today to attend the Official Funeral for the Hon. Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), in Kingston, Jamaica. Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education (shown left) is also accompanying Sir Arthur. (BIS photo/Peter Ramsay)
Bahamas - Sir Arthur Foulkes, Deputy to the Governor General and Director
General of The Bahamas Information Services Department, will represent The
Bahamas at the Official Funeral for the Hon. Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford,
Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), in Kingston,
Jamaica, on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.
Professor Nettleford, 76, died on February 2 from a heart
attack in Washington, DC, USA, where he was attending a UWI fundraiser.
He is being accorded an Official Funeral by the Government
Sir Arthur will be accompanied by his wife, Joan Lady
Foulkes, and Mrs. Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Education. They will depart Nassau for Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday, February
15, and will leave on Wednesday, February 17.
The official opposition Progressive Liberal Party will be
represented by Mr. Fred Mitchell, MP for Fox Hill.
A delegation from the College of The Bahamas will also
attend the Official Funeral which will be held at 10:00a.m.in the University
Chapel at the Mona Campus of UWI in Kingston.
In a statement issued following Mr. Nettleford’s death,
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, offered condolences to his
family on behalf of the Government and people of The Bahamas, and expressed
sympathy to the Jamaican people on the passing of “their native son who was the
proverbial Renaissance man”.
The Prime Minister described Professor Nettleford as a
“profoundly Caribbean man, who celebrated the unique history of the region
through his writings and artistic expression” and who was “deeply committed to
education as a major vehicle” for regional development.
“Rex Nettleford made extraordinary contributions to Jamaica,
the wider Caribbean, and the Caribbean Diaspora as an educator, sociologist,
writer, social critic, dancer, choreographer and trade unionist. He was a
committed regionalist who was also internationally recognized for his
intellectual and creative pursuits,” Prime Minister Ingraham said.
“Both Jamaica and the wider Caribbean have lost a native son
whose extraordinary talents will be missed. The Bahamas joins Caribbean people
throughout the world in mourning the death of this revered cultural icon,” the
Prime Minister added.
At the time of his death, Mr. Nettleford was a professor of
Extra Mural Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and head of the
Trade Union Education Institution, having previously served as Vice Chancellor
of UWI for a number of years. He also lectured at the University’s Caribbean
Institution of Media and Communication (CARIMAC).
Professor Nettleford’s contributions to the cultural life of
Jamaica included his founding and service as the artistic director and
principal choreographer of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of
Jamaica. He led the company for nearly 50 years and was himself a brilliant
Professor Nettleford also served as the Cultural Advisor to
the Prime Minister of Jamaica and as a cultural advisor to Carifesta and
UNESCO, as well as to the Government of Ghana.
He visited The Bahamas on numerous occasions and knew many
Bahamians through his visits and work at UWI.