Tributes continue to pour in for UWI Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Sir Alister McIntyre who passed away in Jamaica last weekend at the age of 87
His death is seen as a great loss to the entire Caribbean considering the monumental contribution he’s made to the integration movement and to education.
Speaking on Sir Alister McIntyre’s passing is his daughter in law and President of the Senate Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyrewho said that theintellectual giant dedicated more than five decades of his life to regional development.
And although he was always in the international arena, he has always believed in the integration of the Caribbean islands in order to provide the best life for the region’s citizens.
In 1992 he was knighted by the Queen of England. He received the order of merit from the government of Jamaica in 1994 and the prestigious order of the CARICOM community medal that same year.
Sir Alister held several United Nations posts including assistant secretary general of the office of economic development and has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the inter-American development bank.
In 1988 he was appointed vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies, a post which he held until his retirement in 1998.
At the request of the CARICOM heads of government he then assumed the post of chief technical adviser at the newly established Caribbean regional negotiating machinery until 2001.
In 2009 the center for multi-racial studies at the University of the West Indies in Cave Hill was renamed the Alister McIntyre building which houses the archives for the former West Indian federation as well as many documents related to the economic integration movement in general.
Sir McIntyre leaves behind four children and six grandchildren.