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Two new knights
By Dorian Bryan
ARISE the Honourable Sir Marston Gibson and Dr. Sir Frank Alleyne!
This country’s two newest knights have done this island proud at the local, regional and international level.
This island’s Chief Justice has excelled in the area of justice and has been awarded the Knight of St. Andrew for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Barbados and at the international level. He born on March 3, 1954 and received his education at St. Matthias School, Boys’ Foundation and Harrison College.
The next step was the pursuit of legal studies at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies from 1972 where he obtained the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1975. In 1977, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship and read for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at Keble College, Oxford University in England, which he obtained in 1979. From 1979 to 1981, he attended the Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, and was awarded the Chairman’s Special Prize for Evidence and Procedure in 1981.
His career was exemplary and it was only natural that in 1992, an appointment as a Judicial Referee in the Surrogate’s Court, New York County (Manhattan) would come.
A transfer to the Supreme Court of New York, Nassau County (Long Island) came afterwards. Then came another transfer, this time to the Supreme Court, Matrimonial Centre, from 2001 to 2008. He remained there until his appointment as the 13th Chief Justice of this island on September 1, 2011.
Sir Marston holds Bar membership in several jurisdictions including Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to practise before the United States Supreme Court, as well as the United States Federal Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Sir Frank has been awarded his knighthood for his outstanding contribution to education especially at the tertiary level and for his public service to the people of Barbados.
Born on October 20, 1938 and received his primary education at the Christ Church Boys’ School and his secondary schooling at the Boys’ Foundation. He worked with Richard Costain Associates, a construction and engineering firm that was contracted to build Barbados’ Deep Water Harbour. Two years later he was appointed an Assistant Teacher.
In 1962, he was admitted to the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College as a resident student. In 1964, he was admitted to the University of the West Indies (Barbados Campus) to pursue studies leading to the award of the Bachelor’s Degree, graduating in 1967 a%t the top of his class.
He spent 36 years working in the University of the West Indies, and retired in 2004 having attained the rank of a fully tenured Professor of Development Economics. He also served on the boards of several local statutory corporations and non-governmental organisations. In 1962 he met a young lady, Elvira Durant who eventually became his wife. The union produced four daughters, Dawn, Franka, Shirley, and Nicole.
Gold Crown of Merit
The Gold Crown of Merit has been awarded to four deserving persons. Lionel Oliver Weekes has been recognised for his 24 years’ service in the Barbados Public Service in a senior position and for his invaluable contribution to scouting. Weekes entered the Public Service of Barbados as a Long Grade Clerk (Clerical Officer), and since then, he has had an outstanding career, working in several Ministries and Departments for just over 48 years, half of them as a Permanent Secretary, public sector leader and manager.
During the twenty-four year period between January 1989 and June 2012, Mr. Weekes was assigned as a Permanent Secretary to the Ministries of : Public Works & Transport; Tourism & International Transport; Industry, Commerce & Business Development; Industry & International Business; Labour & Social Security; Health; Youth Affairs & Sports; Family and Environment, Water Resources & Drainage. He is married to Barbara Patricia Weekes, nee Lewis, and is the father of three children – Lionel Omar Barrow, Lena Weekes-Phillips and Lionel Omowale Weekes.
Patterson Keith Herman Cheltenham, QC has been honoured for his contribution to the legal profession and public service. He is a prominent member of the local Bar to which he was called in 1978. He has also been admitted to the Bar in Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and St. Lucia. In May, 2001 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He was educated at the St. Patrick’s Boys’ School, Boy’s Foundation and The Lodge School. Between 1998 and 2000 he was chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee which was mandated to assist and advise the then government in meeting its intellectual property obligations prior to its entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). At the regional level, he is a member of the CARICOM Competition Commission established under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and based in Suriname.
Professor Timothy Roach, FRCP (Edin), FACP receives his honour for his contribution to medicine and particularly HIV/AIDS. worked as a Consultant Physician in Internal and Respiratory Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital since 1981. During this period, he has established a state-of- the-art Respiratory Unit which provides fibreoptic bronchoscopy and pulmonary function testing for the investigation of pulmonary diseases such as asthma and pneumonia. Together with Drs. Howitt and Naidu he has investigated the prevalence of asthma in Barbadian schoolchildren, and contributed to the International Study on Allergy and Asthma in Children (ISAAC). He is a founder member of the Asthma Association of Barbados and until recently was the President of the Barbados Cancer Society and a director of the AIDS Foundation of Barbados.
Ian DeVere Archer, LL.M. has been noted his outstanding and distinguished Civil Service career, particularly in the area of local and regional civil aviation, the Grantley Adams International Airport Development and his contribution to the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP).
Silver Crown of Merit
Four Silver Crown of Merit titles have been awarded. The former Barbados Private sector Association head Bernell Llewellyn Arrindell receives his award for his highly meritorious service and contribution to the development of Barbados’ financial services sector. Mrs. Janice Anita Brathwaite-Thompson for her highly meritorious contribution to education and the performing arts.
Dr. Victor Edsel Gooding, P. Eng for his contribution to research in the area of data transmission via satellite and William Edgar Muhammad Nassar for his contribution to business and community service.
Five Service Stars go to Marva Belinda Alleyne for her outstanding contribution to the Public Service in particular social care. Norma Eudene Bowen, In recognition of her valuable contribution to cultural development in Barbados as a teacher of music. Marilyn Rosemary Rice Bowen for her outstanding community service and in particular her work with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Breakfast Programme in Barbados and Paulette Margo Drakes for her outstanding contribution to the nursing profession. Rev. Dr. Scoffield Eugene Eversley has been honored in recognition of his dedicated service to the growth and development of the Church of the Nazarene.
Entertainer John Andrew King earns the Barbados Silver star in recognition of his contribution to calypso and entertainment. Demora Elvisio Kirton, JP earns a similar honor for her outstanding contribution to community service, promotion of business education and developmental work with the Justice of the Peace Programme and Stephanie Amelia Bryan for her contribution to the nursing profession. Ronald Arthur Gittens, JP claims the BSS for his contribution to small business and his sustained efforts to promote self-employment and Glennis Eneth Nurse claims the BSS for her yeoman service in the field of education and community service.
The Barbados Bravery Medal goes posthumously to Lynette Anita Stoute for the courage and selfless love displayed in attempting to rescue her three children whom she thought were trapped in their burning home at Diamond Valley, St. Philip on August 10, of this year.