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Chevannes remembered

Published:Monday | August 8, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Eucharistic celebration in rememberance of Professor Barry Chevannes, held at Holy Trinity Cathedral, North Street on Friday August 5. Here Archbishop Charles Dufour (left) embraces Pauletta Chevannes (right), widow of Barry Chevannes. - Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Amba (left); and Abena (right), daughters of Professor Barry Chevannes, sing during the eucharistic celebration.

Alston Barrington 'Barry' Chevannes, a respected sociologist and former dean of the faculty of social sciences at the University of the West Indies, died last November at the University Hospital of the West Indies, after succumbing to an acute case of pancreatitis, a sudden inflammation of the pancreas. He was 70 years old.

He was the recipient of several national, international and university awards: Commander of the Order of Distinction, the Institute of Jamaica Centenary Medal for work in the field of culture (1979); the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in the field of social development (1997); the UWI Guild of Graduates Pelican Award for contribution in the field of anthropology (1998); and the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in research, teaching, university service, and service to the wider society. He was also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.