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Former Senate President Syringa Marshall-Burnett is dead

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 11:36 PM
Marshall-Burnett... Served as Senate President from 1995-2007

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Former president of the Jamaican Senate, and pioneering nurse, Syringa Marshall-Burnett has died.




Up to the time of her death, the former People’s National Party politician was the chairperson of the National Council for Senior Citizens.



The nurse and educator served as president of the Senate from 1995-2007.



Family friend, Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, said she is saddened.



"She was a very close personal friend of my husband and I. We are deeply saddened by her passing..." she said a short while ago.



More on Marshall-Burnett

-Awarded Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 1990

-Appointed Senator in 1992

-Appointed head of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) School of Nursing in 1989

-Past Executive member, National Executive Committee of the PNP

-Served multiple times as president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica

-Education: University of Toronto, Canada; New York University, USA; The UWI



*This story had earlier said that Marshall-Burnett died following complications with the Chikungunya virus. The family has since said this was not so. We regret the error.



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