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Cave Hill Mourns Loss of Two Staffers

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, January 14, 2019

Cherri-Ann-1-14-2019.jpgMaria-1-14-2019.jpgIt is with deep regret that The UWI, Cave Hill campus has learnt of the passing of two of its own: Dr. Cherri-Ann Beckles, Assistant Archivist in the University Archives and Records Management Programme (left), and Ms. Maria Dodson, Administrative Assistant (Research Students, Publications) in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (right). Both entered final rest on Friday, January 11th, 2019.

The news has been met with an outpouring of grief from colleagues headed by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau, who said: “I am heartbroken to learn that the Cave Hill community has lost two wonderful, dedicated women, who worked tirelessly on behalf of the Campus, who gave selflessly, and whose smiles, friendliness and professionalism we will surely miss,” she said. “On behalf of the Campus, I offer my heartfelt condolences to their families and friends. Their sudden loss has created a hole in our hearts. May they rest in peace.”

Well known as ‘Cherri’, Dr. Beckles joined West Indies Federal Archives Centre (WIFAC) in 2004. She also served as a Sessional Lecturer in The UWI Open Campus Certificate in Records Management Programme, and as a Guest Lecturer in the archives and records management module of the Masters in Heritage Studies.

Beckles’ experience working with artefacts, records and archival documents spanned 22 years, ranging from The UWI Cave Hill, the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, the Barbados Government Archives Department, the University of London Institute of Education Archives, the University College London Records Office and Tate Britain.

“We have lost an archivist extraordinaire,” The UWI University Archivist, Sharon Alexander-Gooding said of her passing, “[A] purposeful but quiet leader, a friend and colleague. She was such a brave and generous person that she continued to share her ideas and proposals for the archives during her trying time at home. Her strength is an inspiration. She will be forever missed.”

Dodson was a member of staff at The UWI Cave Hill for more than two decades, starting as a Stenographer/Clerk in July 1998. She was employed in various offices before being appointed in the Faculty of Law in October 2000. Dodson subsequently moved on to the Department of Economics in November 2006, before taking up the post of Administrative Assistant in the Student Affairs Admission section in May 2009. She joined the School for Graduate Studies and Research in October 2015, where she remained until her untimely passing.

Dodson also pursued higher education at the Campus, earning a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Management in 2011, and a Master of Science in Marketing in 2016.

Director of Graduate Studies and Research, Professor Winston Moore, expressed fond memories of working with Dodson.

“Maria and I first worked together in the Department of Economics between 2006 and 2009. One of the things that I remember most about her is that she had one of biggest smiles that you would ever come across; when she smiled you had no choice but to smile back. Indeed, everything about Maria bought a smile to your face: her passion for her work, the frankness with which spoke her mind, her hand gestures and of course her love for bright colours. She was also very kind. Whenever she bought a student’s case to your attention you could see that she trulyempathised with their predicament. My condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.”

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