Book on life and legacy of Dr. Reginald F. Armour launched

Cover of the book
Cover of the book

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.

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6 Comments

  1. mine
    April 22, 2016

    He was one of the greatest doctors DA ever had. He know how to treat certain conditions, my told us a story he saved her life she was eighteen its was amazing. Thanks Dr. Amour.

  2. Face the Facts
    April 21, 2016

    I hope to purchase the book. It is an interesting one. He was an ambitious man and certainly made a good life and name for himself, later his wife and children – I could name them all.
    When I met Dr. Armour he had already retired. I cannot remember as a child being sick, in need of medical care and visited his office. He was a well-known, reputable doctor in Dominica.
    As I recall, a good friend who was a friend of especially his younger sons visited him a few times at his other home in Blenheim. This was his other home and where he resided during his retirement. When we went to Portsmouth, returning to Roseau, we stopped at the home. A few of his children were present. I found Dr. Armour to be a quiet, courteous person.
    He and his wife had some very nice children, boys and girls which most D/cans know. In those days they resided in Roseau.
    Well done, Dr. Armour. All his children did well. He has indeed left a legacy behind and with many memories of him and his works.

  3. hercule poirot
    April 21, 2016

    never knew he was not born in Dominica
    never knew he was not born in Dominica
    now I know why he called one of his sons Jenner
    anytime we can get to read about Dominicans who have made significant contributions to the island is a bonus
    this is why we need to appreciate our history
    Moreover we need to congratulate those writers who seek to explore and bring to light this kind of history
    Thus improving our knowledge and making us wiser of our culture

  4. Nameless
    April 21, 2016

    Can’t wait to read this book… we also need to need more books on the life and legacy of other great accomplished Dominicans. Hoping for this in years to come.

  5. Joan
    April 21, 2016

    My aunt.s doctor any mine too. As a child I remember he told my aunt to feed me don.t clothe me. I did not like to eat. May his soul be blessed. Served Dominica well.

  6. Concern citizen
    April 20, 2016

    Most of the time what u are destine for that’s what u will become, he was a good guy cause I heard a lot of good things about that doctor conducting clinics in Portsmouth and Colihaut

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