Dominica’s fifth president, Vernon Shaw, has died.
DNO understands that he passed away at around 3:15 on Monday morning at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Shaw was born in Roseau on May 13, 1930.
Some of the top positions held during his career, include President of Dominica, Cabinet Secretary, Permanent Secretary and Resident Tutor of U.W.I.
He was educated at the Roseau Boy’s School, the Dominica Grammar School and Trinity College, University of Oxford, UK. On leaving school, Shaw entered into a long and distinguished career in the public service beginning as a temporary master at D.G.S in 1948.
Later that year, he moved into the general service, working in several departments during the next nineteen years: Treasury and Customs, Post Office, Central Housing and Planning, Audit and in the Ministry of Trade and Production.
During this period, he also acted as Registrar and Deputy Registrar and Principal Secretary in the first years of the ministerial system of government. When Dominica gained internal self-government as an Associated State of Britain in 1967, Shaw was a member of the team of the first Permanent Secretaries, serving initially in the Ministry of Education and Health and later External Affairs, before becoming Chief Establishment Officer in 1971.
In 1977 he was appointed Secretary to the Cabinet and was reconfirmed in the post on independence on 3 November 1978 as well as being made Ambassador at Large and Inspector of Missions. He retired from the public service in June 1990.
He served for two years (1991-1993) as Resident Tutor of the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies, Roseau. He was Chairman of the D.B.S Board (1993-1995) and of the Public Service Board of Appeal (1993-1998). He was sworn in as the fifth President of the Commonwealth of Dominica on October 2, 1998. His national awards include the Sisserou Award of Honour, conferred in 1990, and the Dominica Award of Honour, 2001.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s, he did courses of further education at Trinity College, Oxford (Development Administration), Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford (Foreign Service) and the Royal Institute of Public Administration (Advanced Public Service Management). He also held other qualifications in Accounting and Management.
He was married to Eudora Shaw (nee Massicott) and they have four children.