BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC - Former president of the Senate, Sir Branford Taitt died Friday following a prolonged illness. He was 75 years old.
“Sir Branford was a committed and dedicated public servant who gave exceptional and unselfish service to the people of Barbados,” Health Minister Donville Inniss said in a statement.
Considered a stalwart of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Sir Bradford played a key role in remaking the island's economy, improving health care and promoting educational exchanges between institutions of higher learning here, the neighbouring islands and the United States.
He served as Minister of Tourism and Industry, Health and Foreign Affairs during the period 1986-1993
In 1995, he was appointed a member and chairman of the World Health Organization's Multidisciplinary Task Force on Health and Development.
Sir Branford was the recipient of several degrees -- a bachelor's degree cum laude from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University, an upper second class honours degree in Law from the Cave Hill Campus of UWI.
In 2007, he was the first Caribbean scholar to be conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Brooklyn College.
As a scholar, Sir Branford Taitt published more than 200 articles in journals, newspapers and periodicals. He received many awards, including the U.S. Government's Distinguished Visitor Award (1983) and the Sir Gaston Johnston Memorial Prize of the University of the West Indies for Excellence in Criminal Law. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Brooklyn College by Brooklyn College in 1974.
In 2004, he formally retired from active politics, buit returned in 2008 to serve as a Senator and later elected as Senate President.
On 30 November 2010 he received Barbados’ top award, the Knight of St Andrew (KA), in the 2010 Independence Day Honours List.
Funeral arrangements have not been disclosed.