ST GEORGE’S — Dame Hilda Bynoe, Grenada’s first native head of state has died after a prolonged illness, relatives confirmed. She was 91.
“Grenada considers the passing of Dame Hilda as a great loss, not just to Grenada but to the Caribbean as a whole. She came from a rural place and maintained her love for the people,” said Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.
Her son Roland Bynoe described her as a “Caribbean woman. She grew up in an era when the unity of the Caribbean was important”.
Dame Hilda graduated from London University’s Royal Free Hospital, then the London School of Medicine for Women in 1951 and was appointed Governor of the Associated States of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique when it gained associated statehood status from Britain in 1968. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969.
In 1974 she returned to Trinidad to resume her medical practice and her community service. In 1990, she retired to continue her writing and to assist in the care of her grandchildren.
She remained a patron of organisations that included the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, the John Hayes Memorial Kidney Foundation and the Caribbean Women’s Association. She was also a member of the academic board of St George’s University, Grenada. (CMC)