D.K. Dun­can, Jeanette Grant-Wood­ham get of­fi­cial ser­vices

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE LATE former govern­ment min­is­ter in the 1970s, Dr D.K. Dun­can, will be ac­corded an of­fi­cial ser­vice. The ap­proval was granted by Cabi­net ear­lier this month.

Dr Dun­can, who served as min­is­ter of na­tional mo­bil­i­sa­tion and hu­man re­sources be­tween1977 and 1980, made his con­tri­bu­tion to pub­lic life in a ca­reer span­ning some 45 years.

He first served as mem­ber of par­lia­ment for St An­drew East Cen­tral from 1976 to 1980. He also served as mem­ber of par­lia­ment for Hanover East­ern from 2007 to 2016. The former min­is­ter was con­ferred with the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion, Com­man­der Class, in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion. He died on Septem­ber 17, 2020, at the age of 80.

The of­fi­cial ser­vice for Dr Dun­can will be held on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 25, at the Univer­sity Chapel i n Mona, Kingston. The ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing will be re­stricted to pro­gramme par­tic­i­pants and fam­ily mem­bers, and a pri­vate in­ter­ment will fol­low.

In the mean­time, a con­do­lence book will be opened for the former min­is­ter at the Houses of Par­lia­ment on Oc­to­ber 20, now tem­po­rar­ily housed at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, be­tween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Also, the Cabi­net has ap­proved an of­fi­cial ser­vice for the late former Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Jeanette Grant-Wood­ham. She died on Septem­ber 7 at the age of 82.

Grant-Wood­ham has given years of ex­cep­tional ser­vice to the pub­lic sec­tor and civil so­ci­ety in Ja­maica and has been lauded as a trail­blaz­ing ed­u­ca­tor and par­lia­men­tar­ian by her peers and by the Govern­ment of Ja­maica with her in­vesti­ture into the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion, Of­fi­cer Class.

She was ap­pointed to the Se­nate, where she served from 1980 to 1989. She was sub­se­quently elected deputy pres­i­dent and then el­e­vated to the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent of the Se­nate. She served in the dis­tin­guished role of pres­i­dent from 19841986 as the first fe­male to be elected to that po­si­tion. She was ap­pointed min­is­ter of state in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Trade and In­dus­try in 1986. She was also the first fe­male to serve in this ca­pac­ity.

Pri­vate ar­range­ments to memo­ri­alise the former Se­nate pres­i­dent have been made by her fam­ily.

GRANT-WOOD­HAM

DUN­CAN

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