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Order of Jamaica (OJ)


Order of Jamaica

The honour of the Order of Jamaica (OJ) may be conferred upon any Jamaican citizen of outstanding distinction or upon any distinguished citizen of a country other than Jamaica (honorary member). A member of the Order is styled “Honourable” and the motto of the Order is “For a covenant of the People”.

The Insignia

The insignia of the Order of Jamaica is made in solid gold and consists of a white enamel collar badge, the ends of which represent the ackee fruit and leaves, suspended from a deep green silk riband. The centre shows the heraldic Arms of Jamaica against a gold background and this is surrounded by the gold lettered motto of the Order on green enamel.



Members of the Order of Jamaica

Rt Rev Neville Wordsworth de Souza
Former Lord Bishop of Jamaica

Peter Henry Abrahams

Vernin Arnett
Formerly Member of Parliament and Minister  of Government

His Excellency Don Patricio Asocar Aylwyn
Former President of the Republic of Chile

Professor Barbara Evelyn Bailey
Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Humanities and Education [UWI]

Dr. Lloyd George Barnett

Harry Belafonte
Entertainer, Humanitarian

Dr. Richard Leighton Bernal
Ambassador to the USA

Hon Desmond Aylmer Blades
Businessman, Philanthropist

Rev Herro Verne Blair
Political Ombudsman

Donald Courtney Brice, CD
Former Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister

Steve Anthony Bucknor, OD
International Umpire

Rafael Leonardo Callejas-Romero
Former President of the Republic of Honduras

Dr. Edwin Carrington
Secretary General, Caricom

Professor Karl Carstens
Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz
Former President of the Republic of Cuba

Hopeton St. Joseph Caven, CD
Trade Unionist, General Secretary Trade Union Congress

Lascelles Agustas Chin, CD
Chairman, Lasco, Businessman, Philanthropist

Oliver Frederick Clarke
Chairman Gleaner Company, Businessman

William Eleaza Clarke, CD

Daisy May Coke, CD

Headley Washington Cunningham, CD, QC

Dr. Carlton Earl Davis, CD
Former Cabinet Secretary, Head Jamaica Bauxite Institute

Dr. Rae Anthony Davis, CD
Former Chancellor, University of Technology

Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado
Former President of  the United Mexican States

Dr. Ludlow Lawson Douglas
Urology professor, the Caribbean's premier practitioner of kidney transplantation, Honorary Consultant Urologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies

Carlyle Anthony Dunkley
Diplomat, WWII veteran

Mignonette Patricia Durrant, CD
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, New York

Luis Echeverria Alvarez
Former President of the Republic of Mexico

Maurice William Facey
Businessman, Philanthropist , Chairman Pan Jamaican Trust Ltd.

Michael Sanford Fennell, CD
Chairman, Jamaica Olympic Association and the Commonwealth Games Federation

Professor John Peter Figueroa
Epidemiologist, Specialist HIV/AIDS Health

Douglas Valmore Fletcher, CBE
Former Jamaican Ambassador to Washington;
Privy Counsellor

Ian Xavier Forte, CD
Former President of the Court of Appeal

Eric Frank Francis, CD
Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Emil Calvin George, QC

Barbara Joy Gloudon, OD
Playwright, Journalist

Dr. John Ambrose Samuel Hall, CD
Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Medical Sciences

Professor Kenneth Octavious Hall
Former Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies
Former Governor General of Jamaica

Senator Oswald Gaskell Harding, CD, QC Attorney-at-law
Statesman, Served as Senator 1977-2002

Paul Theodore Harison, CD

Karl Reginald Maurice Hendrickson, CD
Businessman, Philanthropist, Chariman National Continental Corporation Ltd

Roald Nigel Adrian Henriques,
For service to the Legal Profession

Dr. Luis Herrera Campins
Former President of the Republic of Honduras

Rev Father Richard Ryan Ho Lung, OD
Founder Brothers for the Poor, Songwriter, Actor, Playwright

Byron St Michael Hylton, QC
Former Solicitor General

Noel Arthur Anthony Hylton, CD
Chairman, Port Authority of Jamaica

Anthony George Russell Irons, CD
Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour

John Joseph Issa, CD
Hotelier. Super Clubs Group

Dr. Owen Collin Jefferson, CD
Former Chairman, Export Import Bank; Securities Commission

Professor Edwin Samuel Jones, CD
For excellence in Academia and Public Service

Dennis Lalor
Businessman, Group Chairman, Insurance Company of the West Indies

Professor Gerald Cecil Lalor, CD
Former Pro Vice Chancellor, UWI, Chairman National Council on Science and Technology

Derick Milton Latibeaudiere
Governor, Bank of Jamaica

Vincent Milton Lawrence
Former Executive Chairman, Urban Development Commission

Michael Anthony Lee Chin
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Karl Reginald Maurice Lewin, CD
Executive Chairman, National Continental Corporation Ltd

Dr. Olive Wilhelmina Mahoney Lewin, CD
Musician, Musical Anthropologist, Founder Jamaica Folk Singers

Dr. Vernon Oswald Lindo
Privy Counsellor and Medical Practitioner

The Most Rev Orland Ugham Lindsay
Former Bishop of the Diocese of the West Indies

Clive Hubert Lloyd
International Cricketer

Beverley Eleanor Lopez, CD

Dr. Phyllis Claire McPherson-Russell, CD
Consultant to the University of the West Indies, Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Education

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Former President of South Africa

Mayer Michael Matalon
Businessman, Philanthropist, Former Chairman International Commercial Developments Ltd

Moses M Matalon
Businessman, former Minister of Government, former Mayor of Kingston

Zaila Rowena McCalla
Chief Justice

William Anthony McConnell, CD

Neville Maurice Mc Cook, CD
Sports Administrator

Velma Corrine McLarty, CD
Former MD, Jamaica National Investment Promotions Ltd

Dr. Carlos Saul Menem
Former President of the Republic of Argentina

Professor Errol Lawrence Miller, CD
Chancellor Mico College, Chairman, Electoral Commission of Jamaica

Shirley Isabelle Miller, CD, QC Attorney-at-law

Donald Owen Mills
Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations

Professor Owen St. Clair Morgan Medical Professor

William Manuel Morris

General Secretary, Transport and General Works Union, United Kingdom;
Chancellor, The University of Technology


Professor Errol York St. Aubyn Morrison
Former president of the University of Technology (UTech) and first Director-General of the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST); Biomedical Scientist and Diabetologist

Robert Gabriel Mugabe
President of the Republic of Zimbabwe

David Manual Muirhead, CD, QC
Member of the Privy Council

Seymour St Edward Mullings
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs

Seymour Radcliffe Panton, CD
President of the Court of Appeal

Uriah Nathaniel Parnell, CD
Senior Puisne Judge

Dorothy Yvonne Pine-McClarty
former executive member of the Electoral Advisory Commission, council member of the University of Technology

General Colin Luther Powell
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Department of Defence (Retired); Former Secretary of State, USA, Served President George W Bush

Roderick George Rainford, CD
Governor of the Bank of Jamaica;
Formerly Secretary-General - CARICOM

His Excellency Flt Lt. Terry J. Rawlings
Former President of the Republic of Ghana

The Right Reverend and Honourable Alfred Charles Reid
Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands; Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

Sir Egerton (Rudolph) Richardson, CMG
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service; Member,
National Bauxite Commission; Formerly Jamaican Ambassador to the United Nations and Jamaican Ambassador to the United States of America

Basil Linton Robinson, CD, QPM
Commissioner of Police, Jamaica Constabulary Force

Mrs. Joyce Lelieth Robinson, CD, MBE
Managing Director, Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust; Formerly Director, Jamaica Library Service; Director, JAMAL (retired)

The Honourable Mr Justice Leacroft Hercot Ulyssess Robinson
President, The Court of Appeal (Retired)

Professor Leslie Roy Bruce Robinson
Professor of Mathematics, The University of the West Indies

Patrick Hoppner Orla Rousseau
Former Chairman, National Bauxite Commission

The Honourable Mr Justice Ira deCordova Rowe
President, The Court of Appeal (retired)

His Excellency Carlos Salinos De Gortari
Former President of the United Mexican States

Dr. Alfred Watt Maxwell Sangster, CD
President, The College of Arts, Science and Technology  (now The University of Technology) (retired)

Dr. Mary Jane Seivwright, CD
Director,  (Retired) Advanced Nursing Education Unit,
The University of the West Indies; Past President, Nurses Association of Jamaica

The Honourable Mr. Justice Ronald Hugh Small
High Court Judge (Retired)

The Honourable Mr. Justice Kenneth George Smith
Chief Justice of Jamaica (retired)

The Reverend and Honourable Dr. Carmen Lois Stewart, OD
Custos of Kingston

Gordon Arthur (Butch) Stewart, CD
Chairman, Appliance Traders Limited Group of Companies, International Hotelier

Adrian Patrick Strachan, CD
Auditor General (retired)

Dr. Garth Alfred Taylor OJ, CD
Ophthalmologist; President Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies

Kingsley Charles St. George Thomas
Former Managing Director, Development Bank of Jamaica Limited

The Right Reverend Desmond Mpilo Tutu
Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa (retired)  (Citizen of the Republic of South Africa)

Miss Shirley Tyndall, CD
Financial Secretary (retired)

Mr. Danville Anthony Ludlow Walker
Former Director of Elections; Former Commissioner of Customs

Ambassador Herbert Samuel Walker CD
Formerly Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Courtney Walsh OD
Former captain of the West Indies Cricket Team; the only West Indian to hold the world record for most wickets in test cricket

Basil Barrington Watson, OJ, CD

Burchell Anthony Whiteman
Member of Parliament, Minister of Education; High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Raby Danvers, CD
Former President / Chief Executive Officer, Life of Jamaica; Medical Practitioner

The Honourable Mr. Justice Lensley Wolfe
Chief Justice (retired)

Hugh Hastings Wynter CD
Professor of Obstectrics and Gynaecology, The University of  the West Indies

The Rt Hon Honourable Mr Justice Edward Zacca
Chief Justice (Retired)

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain
Citizen of Spain; conferred during the Royal visit of February 2009

Mr. Arnold Foote, CD
For his service to Jamaica and internationally in the fields of Advertising, Sports and Diplomacy

Dr. Marshall McGowan Hall, CD
For Public Service and his contributions in the fields of Agriculture, Industry and Education

The Very Reverend Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon
For services to Community Development and the Care of the Poor and Disadvantaged

Professor Emeritus Sylvia Wynter
For service in the fields of Education, History and Culture



Ambassador Sue M. Cobb
For her service as United States Ambassador to Jamaica and her Continuing Efforts to promote Jamaica's Interests and Support its Development.


Members of the Order of Jamaica (Deceased)

Rev the Hon Canon Weeville McHervin Gordon
Former Custos of Kingston

Carlos Andres Perez
Former President of the Republic of Venezuela

The Hon Allan Fitzroy Rae CD
Attorney-at-Law, Cricketer, Former President West Indies Cricket Board of Control; Former President Jamaica Cricket Association

The Hon Ian Mc Donald Ramsay QC,

The Hon Alfred Adolphus Rattray
Ambassador to the USA

The Hon Kenneth Osbourne Rattray CD, QC
Attorney-at-Law, Solicitor General since 1972. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Jamaica, Ambassador-at-large since 1974.

The Hon Sir Egerton Richardson CMG

The Hon Basil Linton Robinson CD, QP

The Hon Leacroft Hercot Ulysses Robinson
Attorney-at-Law. Retired President of the Court of Appeal (1976-81) Chairman, Restricted Persons Review Tribunal

The Hon Leslie Roy Bruce Robinson

The Hon Theodore Eustace Sealy, CBE
Editor, The Gleaner Newspaper

Dr. the Hon Julius Kambarage Nyerere
Former President of Kenya

Valentine Winston Parnell, CD

The Hon Aston Wesley Powell, OBE
Educator, Founder Excelsior Schools

The Hon Aston Zachariah Preston
Former Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies

The Hon John Kenneth McKenzie Pringle, CBE
Former Director, Jamaica Tourist Board

The Hon Allan Fitzroy Rae, CD
The Hon Victor Stafford Reid Journalist, Writer

Rt Hon Hugh Lawson Shearer
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica

Rev the Hon Dr Hugh Braham Sherlock, OBE
Founder, Boys Town

Dr Arthur Stanley Wint, CD, ME
Jamaica's first Olympic Gold Medalist

The Hon Hector Lincoln Wynter
Editor, the Gleaner Newspaper

The Hon Lady Bustamante
Treasurer, Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, Wife National Hero

Keith Meredith Johnson, CD
Former Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States

The Hon Horace Antonio Clarke
Member of Parliament and Minister of Government, 1972-1980 and 1989-1997

David Hilton Coore, QC
Formerly Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs

Dudley Joseph Thompson, QC
Attorney-at-Law; Jamaican High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Honourable Mr Justice Carl Raphael Rattray, QC
President of the Court of Appeal

Dr Kenneth Osbourne Rattray, CD, QC
Solicitor General; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Retired)

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