Guyanese academic Gordon Rohlehr dies

Professor Emeritus Gordon Rohlehr (Photo via Demerara Waves)

(Demerara Waves) Emeritus Professor at Trinidad’s St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Guyana-born Gordon Rohlehr has died, plunging the academic and arts community into mourning.

He was 80 years old.

Former UWI International Relations Professor, Mark Kirton reflected on the life of Dr Rohlehr. “I knew of his work and of his achievements as an alumnus of QC (Queen’s College) and met him while I worked at UWI St. Augustine Trinidad. He was an authority on West Indian literature and the calypso. He was a true academic and professional, always willing to offer advice and guidance to young scholars and students,” Dr Kirton, a Guyanese, told Demerara Waves Online News.

Professor Rohlehr’s cause of death was not immediately known.

Unquestionably one of the Caribbean’s finest critics and thinkers, his territory covers both literature and popular culture, particularly calypso.

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