Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has extended condolences on behalf of the University of the West Indies (UWI) community to the family and loved ones of Sir Derek Walcott who passed away on Friday morning.
Walcott, an alumnus of The UWI Mona Campus, graduated in 1953 and was awarded an honorary (DLitt) in 1973.
His literary works are known and lauded internationally and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.
Professor Brian Copeland, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, called him ‘a true Caribbean man, whose ties to Trinidad and Tobago in particular are both familial and collegiate’.
Walcott published his first book of poems at the age of 18 in his native Saint Lucia and staged his first play in 1950.
He studied English literature, French, and Latin at the newly established University College of the West Indies in Jamaica – the pre-runner of The University of the West Indies.