The UWI expresses condolences on the passing of distinguished alumnus and honorary graduate, Dr Sir Prince Ramsey
The University of the West Indies (The UWI) joins the friends, family members and all of Antigua and Barbuda in mourning the loss of Dr Sir Prince Ramsey. Dr Sir Prince was a graduate of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the then University College of the West Indies in Jamaica and the recipient of an honorary graduate degree from The UWI Open Campus in 2016.
An outstanding humanitarian, Dr Sir Prince dedicated his life to serving the people of his native country as well as the regional community through his advocacy in many areas, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. He was an advocate for family planning and evangelistic in his commitment towards providing medical care for the poor. His medical contribution was not his only strength, as Dr Sir Prince was also a prolific and award-winning calypsonian.
In a citation read at the graduation ceremony during which he received his honorary degree, the Public Orator characterised Dr Sir Prince saying, “He was for the underdog and he demonstrated this with his venture into the world of the calypso. When he returned to Antigua from England, he found out that there were three major calypsonians there—Short Shirt, Swallow and Obstinate. He immediately sought to give the less known calypsonians a voice.”
As a proud alumnus of The UWI, Dr Sir Prince Ramsey kept close ties with the Alumni Association and supported the University’s Global Giving Week events held in Antigua and Barbuda under the patronage of his former classmate, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams.
Extending his condolences on Dr Sir Prince’s passing, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles noted, “Dr Sir Prince was a stalwart in the development struggles of the Caribbean, and the OECS in particular. He was a sophisticated and cultured man, multi-dimensional in his skill sets that enabled him to relate to his society on several levels. In many ways, he was an exceptional citizen who embraced and celebrated Caribbean civilization in his contribution to humanity.”
Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth, remembers Dr Sir Prince as a passionate advocate for his alma mater. She said, “He was a brilliant but humble man whose commitment to serve his University was ever present. His speech at The UWI Open Campus Graduation Ceremony in 2016 focused on the true meaning of being a Caribbean person and he engaged and delighted the audience with his presentation in song, video and witty repartee. He will be greatly missed.”
Photo Caption: The late Dr Sir Prince Ramsey (2nd from right) receiving his Honorary Degree at The 2016 UWI Open Campus Graduation Ceremony in St Kitts and Nevis. (Others L-R are: Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth; Chancellor Emeritus, Sir George Alleyne and Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.)