Passing of Majorie, Lady Thomas

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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Marjorie, Lady Thomas, died peacefully at her residence, Morne Fortune Castries on 22nd March 2018 at the age of 92.

Marjorie Thomas was the daughter of Lucy Alexander and Pamphile Alexander who was a school master. She was the first female principal of the Saint Lucia Teachers’ College from 1975 to 1982, which was later, renamed the Division of Teacher Education and Educational Administration of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Lady Thomas was married to Sir Leton Thomas composer of the National Anthem of Saint Lucia and is, himself, the first principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. She was the sister of the late Sir Darnley Alexander, the first Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Lady Thomas was a teacher and educator who for 43 years, 1939 to 1982 when she retired, dedicated and sacrificed to improve the standard of education in Saint Lucia. During her career, she continually advanced her own educational development and as she honed her craft through study and practical work she focused on teacher education and curriculum development with her forte being Mathematics, in particular the New Mathematics, which was introduced within the educational system in the late 1960s.

Lady Thomas gave selflessly not only to her chosen profession but also to her Catholic church serving as a member of the CYO, a member of the Legion of Mary, a Catechist, and a Eucharistic minister. She was awarded the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice by Pope John Paul II for her ministry in the church. The state honoured her with a Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) for long and meritorious service in the field of education.

Lady Thomas was a true example of professionalism, dedication to duty and integrity. Her funeral service takes place on Monday 16th April 2018 at the Minor Basilica, Castries at 2:00 pm. She leaves to mourn her sister Mrs. Glovanna Clarke and her husband, several nieces and nephews and other relatives including members of the Louisy family.

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  1. Looking from the outside

    May her soul rest in perfect peace. She was an outstanding St. Lucian woman and educator who worked assiduously towards the development of education in St. Lucia. As a young teacher attending the St. Lucia Teachers' College during the period 1980 - 1982, I vividly remember Ma Thom (as she was affectionately called by us) as a stern and well - rounded principal working tirelessly to instill in us the highest level of professionalism and pushing us towards the pursuit of excellence which I'm sure a large number of us has attain. Though I am away from St. Lucia at this time, I want to urge as many teachers as possible to attend her funeral service. Those of us who had the privilege of having her as principal; I'm sure will agree that it was an honor and distinguish privilege!


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