RIP Rex Nettleford

Posted by Ayeola | 2/03/2010 05:29:00 PM

As a proud "Rexan" and resident of Rex Nettleford Hall at the University of The West Indies Mona Campus, I must issue a sincere message of condolence to the family, friends and colleagues of Ralston Milton "Rex" Nettleford, OM (Jamaica), OCC, (February 3, 1933 - February 2, 2010).

Nettleford, 77, was the vice-chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies, having previously served as the vice-chancellor of the institution’s Mona Campus in Jamaica from 1996 to 2004. He died from complications of cardiac arrest after suffering a heart attack on Jan. 27th.

He is widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading intellectuals and was bestowed with the Order of the Caribbean Community in 2008.

He was also the recipient of Jamaica’s third highest honour, the order of Merit and cultural adviser to Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

The founder of the internally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company, Nettleford is also the author of several publications.

Take a look at one of his productions "Crossings" which was choreographed by him and performed in Barbados.

Source of Dance pics

Above is one of the clusters of Rex Nettleford Hall which was officially opened by the Rt . Hon. PJ Patterson, P.C, Q.C, M.P on September 4th 2002.

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