St Kitts and Nevis’ First Governor Sir Fred Phillips Dies

St Kitts and Nevis’ first governor, Sir Fred Phillips died at the age of 92 last night (February 20, 2011) at his Hodges Bay, Antigua home last night after a prolonged illness. Sir Fred became the first black Governor of what was then St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla on the attainment of statehood on February 27, 1967, and served until 1969. He had served earlier as administrator. He was also Cabinet Secretary of the West Indies Federation from 1960 to 1962, Senior Assistant Registrar at the University of the West Indies from 1966 and 1967, and chairman of Grenada Telecommunications Ltd, Telecoms of Dominica, and U.S. Agency for International Development of Agricultural (USAID) Venture Trust.

Sir Fred also authored many publications, among them West Indian Constitutions: Post-Independence Reform (1985), Caribbean life and culture: A citizen reflects (1991), Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutional Law (2002), Ethics of the Legal Profession (2004), and The Death Penalty and Human Rights (2009), among others.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas expressed “deep sadness, personal loss, and sincere condolences” and said that the appointment of the late Sir Fred Phillips in the mid-1960’s as the first black administrator and then first black governor of the then-Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla “was a moment rich with symbolism, promise and import.” He added that the Vincentian-born jurist “was a child of the Caribbean whose accomplishments and contributions were vast and expansive.”

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6 thoughts on “St Kitts and Nevis’ First Governor Sir Fred Phillips Dies

  1. A great man! But you have a mistake, he was not Grenadian. He was a Vincentian. Born in Brighton, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. He did however live in Grenada. Refer to his autobiography, Caribbean Life and Culture: A Citizen Reflects.

  2. Have any more information on his associates? I am looking to verify his association with Frederick Samuel Weir (in Belize after the 1933 hurricane).

  3. I was one of the fortunate ones to meet Sir Fred Phillips in 1970.He was a gentleman.Fair and Honest.A man of Dignity and Respect.

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