Washington, USA — Vice-chancellor emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford is dead.
Professor Nettelford died late last evening at the George Washington Hospital in the United States six days after collapsing in a US hotel.
He would have been 77 today.
Professor Nettleford was being treated for catastrophic brain injury following a cardiac arrest he suffered last week Wednesday.
Since that time, he had been on life support machine in the Intensive Care Unit at Hospital.
Born in Falmouth, Trelawny, Rex Nettleford climbed to the pinnacle of academic success and attainments in the arts.
He graduated from Cornwall College, then the University of the West Indies with an honours degree in history and later as a Rhode Scholar from Oxford University with a postgraduate degree in Politics.
He was the recipient of Jamaica’s third highest honour – the order of Merit and was a cultural advisor to the prime minister.
The 76 year-old Nettleford was recognized as one of the leading figures in Caribbean art and academia.
He was UWI vice-chancellor from 1996 to 2004 and was a professor of the institution’s Extra Mural studies as well as the head of the Trade Union Education Institution.
A graduate of Cornwall College and Oxford University, Professor Nettleford founded the National Dance Theatre Company in 1962.
AND… Up to the time of his death he held a pivotal role in the group as choreographer.
Professor Nettleford has written extensively on Caribbean folklore and politics and had also been know for his eloquence and oratory skills.
Rex Milton Nettleford: Academic, author, orator, choreographer, dancer, cultural advocate and statesman February 3, 1933 to February 2, 2010.