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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Five to be awarded honorary degrees at UWI Mona

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Knox Hadley

Published Saturday 9th October 2010 - Jamaica Gleaner

The University of the West Indies (UWI) will this year confer honorary degrees on 15 persons from across the region.

They will collect their degrees at annual graduation ceremonies in Bridgetown, Port-of-Spain and Kingston.

At the Mona campus graduation in Jamaica on November 5 and 6, George Ashenheim and William McConnell will receive honorary Doctor of Law degrees; while Dr Knox Hagley and Dr Renn Holness will receive the honorary Doctor of Science degrees. Professor Edward Baugh will collect the honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

Ashenheim, an entrepreneur, has served on various boards, including the Priory School Trust Society and the Jamaica branch of the British Red Cross. He is also former chairman of Caribbean Cement Company Limited, Lascelles deMercado and Carreras Jamaica Limited.

A chartered accountant, McConnell joined J. Wray & Nephew Limited in 1973 and, in 1990, he was appointed managing director of the Wray & Nephew's parent company, Lascelles deMercado.

Dr Hagley has served the region for almost half a century in the field of medicine as a clinician and public health worker in Jamaica, as well as a teacher and administrator at the UWI.

Dr Holness has achieved many firsts. He was the first UWI student selected to do a BSc in medicine, he was among the first interns to work in the newly opened medical branch of the University of Port-of-Spain in 1967, and he made history by being the first neurosurgeon in Canada to perform a foetal-tissue neural transplant into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease, involving the use of cells from an aborted foetus.

Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh's books have gained him an international reputation as an authority on Anglophone Carib-bean poetry in general, and on the work of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott in particular. A critically acclaimed poet himself, Baugh has a distinguished record of creative contributions to the field of Carib-bean literature.

The graduation at the Cave Hill campus in Barbados will take place on October 23, while the St Augus-tine ceremony in Trinidad and Tobago will be on October 20 and 29.

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