A book on the life and legacy of the late Dr. Reginald F. Armour, penned by accomplished author and jurist, Dominica Dr. Irving André, has been launched.
Speaking at the launching and signing ceremony of the book at the Anchorage Hotel on Tuesday night, André described Dr. Armour as a man of humble beginning.
“Dr. Armour, despite his exceptional achievements, was a man of humble beginning,” he said.
He stated Dr. Armour was born in a very small town in Trinidad, but unfortunately, he had a “difficult” life.
“Unfortunately and historically we have been nurtured to believe that disadvantage is an impediment to success,” he stated. “Dr. Armour, as others, has shown that on the contrary disadvantage was an impetus to success. Imagine this young man was born in 1893 in very humble beginning in Trinidad at the time when Trinidad was described as a very inflexible society, from a socio perspective, at a time when young black males faced a very dire future, at the time when this young man lost his moral at 11 or 12, he had the audacity to embark on a journey 1910 to the US…with the sole intention of becoming a Doctor.”
He indicated that hard work engenders success, “And if the spirit of hard work, that legacy of hard work has passed on then we should have no fear for the future of Dominica.”
Dr. André told those present that as they browse through the pages of the book, “hopefully it will speak to you in some way , hopefully it words will resonate in your minds…”
The book, “The Life & Legacy of Dr. Reginald F. Armour” takes readers on a riveting journey from rural Trinidad to Chicago, USA where Armour attends Jenner Medical College. He graduates and then attends school in France. Well accomplished, he returns to Trinidad and confronts the racial strictures which bedevil professionals of color in the colonial era. Migrating to Dominica, Armour blazes a trail in medical service and is instrumental in bringing modern medical care to Dominica’s northern district – especially the development of the Portsmouth and Marigot hospitals.