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.



Citation on the award of the Hon. LLD, UWI Cave Hill, on Oct 28, 2006

Chancellor, for most of us Barbadians, Bathsheba is somewhere special.  While for some it conjures up the nubile beauty of a lovely lady of lore in the Bible, for most Bajans it is the heartland, the soul, the lungs and the muse of the nation – it’s the sacred, holy hills of “these fields and hills beyond recall”.  For us a day out, a picnic at Bathsheba is a treat, and a holiday at Bathsheba is a journey to Mecca.  But for Sir Roy Trotman it is home, the birthplace, the repository of the navel string, and the source and inspiration of his love of this land.

And while, Chancellor, for many of us a Cardinal is a wondrous figure of power and authority in history, and a King conjures up even more of the same, all distant, divorced from our lives, Sir Roy is both cardinal AND king – blessed by his parents with the name Cardinal LeRoy Trotman.  Born with such a heritage, in a country with neither cardinal nor king to rule, it was only natural that he should, instead, become a president – and not just of this rock, but a global president -President of the International Federation of Free Trade Unions.

The third aspect of Sir Roy’s birth, besides place and name, which might interest us, Chancellor, is the date – May the ninth, 1944 - a birthday shared with the American abolitionist hero, John Brown ... the very same John Brown, whose soul goes marching on, and who lived, fought and died for the abolition of slavery.  Sir Roy has lived, worked and fought for equity and fairness for all.

Cardinal Leroy, then, was born at Bathsheba, overlooking the surf in the Soup Bowl.  He was educated up the hill at St. Elizabeth School, and the Boys’ Foundation School.  He proceeded to the Cave Hill Campus, where he earned a BA in English, History and Economics, and later a Masters in Labour Education at Rutgers in New Jersey.  He further educated himself as a teacher between 1962 and 1971, when he became Personal Assistant to the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union.  This apprenticeship prepared him for the role of Deputy General Secretary in 1978, and finally, from 1992 until now, General Secretary of this seminal organisation in Barbadian history.  

Sir Roy’s work in Barbados has recommended him to his colleagues internationally, and his extraordinary success regionally, as President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, led to his ultimate election as President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Governor of the International Labour Organisation, and Chairman, since 2002, of the ILO Workers’ Group.  On the home front, he was Founding Chairman and is current President of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados, playing a crucial role, on an almost daily basis, in “keeping peace, patching verbal battles and honing harmony and fair play in the workplace”.  He does this, most appropriately, from Harmony Hall, the ancient home of four generations of doctors, and now the Barbados Workers Union Headquarters, also known as Solidarity House.  

His vast experience of human nature has been utilised in his service in the House of Assembly from 1986 to 1994, as a Senator from ’94 until now, as a member of our own  UWI Cave Hill Campus Council, and as a member of the National Reconciliation Committee.  He was made a Knight of St. Andrew in 2002.

Chancellor, I invite you, by the authority vested in you by the Council and Senate of this University, to recognise this good man - Cardinal, King, Governor and President - Sir Roy Trotman, and to honour him with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

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