JIS News

A Condolence Book for the late Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Rex Nettleford O.M., will be opened at the Jamaican High Commission, in London, on Tuesday, February 16.
Professor Nettleford, who also founded the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), died on February 2 at the George Washington Hospital in Washington D.C., in the United States, aged 76.
An official funeral for Professor Nettleford will be held on February 16, at the University Chapel, Mona Campus, in Kingston.
The UK Jamaican Community as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat have expressed deep regret at his passing. Professor Nettleford was also the Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation.
Acting Jamaican High Commissioner, Mrs. Joan Thomas Edwards, said Professor Nettleford was a true renaissance man, who dedicated much of his life to the formation and preservation of the Jamaican and Caribbean cultural and intellectual identity, both at home and on the international stage.
Diaspora Advisory Board member in the UK, Celia Grandison Markey, said Professor Rex Nettleford had made a tremendous contribution to the Jamaican Diaspora community.
Renowned Choreographer, Mr. Jackie Guy, who worked with Professor Nettleford as a member of the NDTC for 15 years, told JIS News that his death would leave a huge gap in the country’s cultural and academic life.
Chancellor of the University of Technology, Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth, said Professor Nettleford was a true son of Jamaica and a man of extraordinary talent.
The Commonwealth Secretariat said Professor Rex Nettleford was a man of vision and many talents. In a release, Secretary General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, said Professor Nettleford was a true son of Jamaica and the Caribbean and was a great servant of the Commonwealth.

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