Professor Henry FraserArchitecural Historian / Heritage Consultant
Chairman, Sentinel Committee, Barbados National Trust
Writer, TV Presenter, National Orator & Motivational Speaker
Professor Emertius, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology.
Immediate Past Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.


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Citation on the occasion of the award by CHRC
April 24, 2009

Friends, it is not often that mere mortals meet men who are legends in their own lifetime, but tonight, those assembled here are in the company of a man of medicine who can only be described as “the legendary Cecil Cyrus”.  In fact Dr. Arthur Cecil Cyrus, BSc, MB, ChB, BAO, FRCS (England), FRCS (Edinburgh), DO (London), DORCOG, has been a legend in St. Vincent since his schooldays; in Belfast as a medical student; and in the Caribbean for more than forty years.  

At Queen’s University, Belfast, Cecil won almost every prize and scholarship there was to win.  After graduating in medicine and with a First Class Honours Degree in Anatomy, he earned the Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and of Edinburgh in quick time – he was the first Vincentian to gain the FRCS.  He also worked in paediatrics and obstetrics, and later gained diplomas in Eye diseases and Obstetrics, to prepare for every possible challenge he might face at hmoe in St. Vincent.  And he returned home in 1963 with the greatest prize of all -  his wonderful wife Kathryn, a theatre nurse, and his first daughter.

He spent 13 years as Senior Surgeon at the Colonial Hospital, St. Vincent, before opening The Botanic Hospital in Kingstown, next to the famous Botanical Gardens of St. Vincent, and a stone’s throw from the sucker of that even more famous Breadfruit tree brought by Captain Bligh of the Bounty to the West Indies.  And here, in a surgical centre of the highest quality, managed by his magnificent theatre sister, his wife, Cecil worked for another 30 years, learning with limited facilities to “make do”, and confirming his reputation as a legend of dedication and life-saving resourcefulness.   

He was known to his colleagues across the Caribbean as “The Isolated Surgeon of St. Vincent”.  His skill and ingenuity in curing the incurable and saving the unsalvageable were nothing short of miraculous, and in his words, gifts of God.  And his charity and kindness have been the manifestation of the Christian doctor, personified in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, brought to life by artist the late Angela Waterlow on the walls of the Faculty of Medicine at Mona.

Dr. Cyrus, surgeon extraordinaire has shared his medical experience and his surgical skills with his colleagues in over 40 lectures and scientific papers, in Britain and the Caribbean, including 19 given to CHRC Scientific Meetings between 1975 and 97.  And his surgical achievements have been combined with a 40 year collection of pathological specimens, with the approval of his grateful patients, in his well received magnum opus “A Clinical and Pathological Atlas: The Records of a Surgeon in St. Vincent”.  

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