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Dame Nita Barrow Dame Nita Barrow’s extraordinary achievements would have marked her out as remarkable in any age, that she lived in ours allows her outstanding works to be better appreciated.. Nita Barrow was born on the 15 November 1916 on Barbados the most easterly island in the southern Caribbean, an island so English it is often called little England. Nita Barrow as a young girl attended Miss Taitt’s Private School and then went on to St. Michaels’s Girls School for her secondary education. Possessed of a strong social conscious the young Nita Barrow wanted to study nursing and so on graduation from secondary school she entered the Basic Nursing Education programme at the Barbados General Hospital. There she studied for five years and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1940. Her remarkable academic gifts and dedication to her chosen profession were soon displayed and she was appointed Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse at the Barbados General Hospital upon herd graduation. She was soon singled out for higher training something that was to characterise her life, when in 1942 she went to Port-of Spain Hospital in Trinidad to study Midwifery Preparation, from which she graduated the same year. Such were her achievements here that she was again selected for further training when just one year later in 1943 she was sent to Rockefeller Fellow to the University of Toronto in Canada where she studied for the Public Health diploma which was awarded in 1945. Nita Barrow returned to the Caribbean where she was appointed Nursing Instructress at the West Indian School of Public Health in Jamaica, where she served from 1945 to 1950. In 1951, this time on the a Colonial Development Scholarship, Nita barrow went to the Royal College of Nursing at Edinburg University where she was awarded the Sister Tutor’s Diploma in 1952. She was quickly promoted to Sister Tutor in 1952, at the Kingston school of nursing, then promoted to Matron at the University College of the West Indies from 1954 to 1956. Nita Barrow was yet again quickly appointed Principle Nursing Officer of Jamaica in 1956! Here in Jamaica, Nita Barrow’s work had tremendous positive effects from which the whole Caribbean and further afield benefited! She headed the study of the debilitating effects of nutritional deficiency on the young child and how it hinders the child abilities to study and learn. From her findings policies were implemented throughout the Caribbean and further afield. Nita Barrow then went to Columbia University in 1962 on a Pan-American health Organisation/World Health Organisation (P.A.H.O/W.H.O) scholarship where she was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree. The remarkable Nita Barrow was then appointed Nursing Advisor to P.A.H.O/W.H.O and Director of Research Project on Nursing to the Common Wealth Caribbean, while also being Advisor to 13 Caribbean governments between 1964 to 1971. But she was more that just the foremost nurse of the Caribbean’s region she was also a dedicated Christian Medical Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the World Council of Churches in 1975 to 1980. For her outstanding performance internationally in her profession and her dedicated work and service to humanity in general. Nita Barrows was made a dame of the most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth 11. She continued to serve in a wide variety of important international positions and from 1986 to 1990 she was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations, the first female to be so honoured by her country. In 1990 dame Nita Barrow, to the great acclaim of her countrymen and women, and her many friends and admirers around the world, was appointed to the highest office of her country as Governor General of Barbados. Here like the other offices she held she served with great distinction and brought a warm gentle touch to her new position, where she won many new friends and admires with her quiet modesty and charm. Dame Nita Barrow, Barbados first female Governor died in office in December 1995, she had written her name indelibly on the pages of service to humanity, and was given a state funeral in January 1996.