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Notable Guyanese

Celebrating The Life of Neil V.I.M. Chan, A.A.

Neil V.I.M. Chan, A.A.

Neil Vibert Ignatius Michael Chan was born on November 4, 1929 to parents Solomon Chan and Ruby Beckles in Georgetown, Guyana. He had one brother Hubert and sister Patricia who both predeceased him. Neil and his devoted wife, Sheila, shared fifty-eight years of marriage based on love, devotion and mutual respect.

Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith appointed tenth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana

Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith

The Council of the University of Guyana is pleased to announce that Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith has accepted its offer to become Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Guyanese born Eric Phillips named in the 1990-91 list of White House Fellows by President George H. W. Bush

Eric Phillips

June 6, 1990 - Eric McLaren Phillips, of Maplewood, NJ was one of 12 named by George H. W. Bush XLI President of the United States 1989-1993 in the appointments of the 1990-91 White House Fellows.

Mr. Phillips, born October 19, 1952, in Dundee, Mahaicony, Guyana and was employed as a district manager within AT&T International Communications Services, Basking Ridge, NJ.

Roland DaSilva, Airline Captain, Chief Pilot, Manager, First and only recipient of Guyana’s Highest award for Bravery - The Cacique Crown of Valor

Roland DaSilva - 1970s

Roland DaSilva was born on November 27, 1936 the first born of four sons to Gaston DaSilva who was a first generation Guyanese of Portuguese descent and Angelina Mekdeci who was born in New York, USA, of Lebanese parents, who moved to British Guiana via New York and Cayenne, French Guiana.

Robert Dornford, Architect of Guyana’s Entry into the Jet Aviation Age

Robert Dornford – Architect of Guyana’s Entry into the Jet Age

Engineering Superintendent, Chief Engineer, General Manager, Deputy Board Chair of Guyana Airways Corporation, Director General of Airworthiness (Guyana)

Over the span of 25 years beginning in 1962 Robert Dornford's unrelenting efforts contributed to the rise of Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC). His intellectual prowess and tenacity guided then British Guiana Airways from the era of the Grumman Goose to a competitive airline (GAC) with modern advanced jet aviation equipment, technology, and skillful personnel that was the envy of the Caribbean.

Dr. Richard Cambridge Adviser to the Regional Vice President, African Diaspora Program at The World Bank

Dr. Richard Cambridge

Richard Cambridge, a Guyanese national, joined the World Bank in 1973 through the Young Professionals Program. He was appointed to his current position, where he leads the Africa Region's work program with the Diaspora, in 2009.

E. R. Braithwaite, author of "To Sir, With Love"

E. R. Braithwaite

Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (born June 27, 1920) is a Guyanese novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people. He was born in Georgetown, Guyana.

Aubrey Cummings - Musician and Vocalist

Aubrey Cummings - Musician and Vocalist

Birth Aubrey Cummings was born in the year 1947 and grew up in the Alberttown / Queenstown neighbourhoods of Georgetown, Guyana Discovered talent His decision to develop a career in pop music was influenced by Michael Bacchus and the Heartbreakers. The magic of popular music and show business excited him, and he took up the guitar. He is a self-taught guitarist.

Guyanese American Michelle Godette Sworn In As Mission Director to Guinea And Sierra Leone

Ms. Goddette being sworn in as Mission Director to Guinea and Sierra Leone

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michelle Godette was sworn in today August 01, 2013 as the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director to Guinea and Sierra Leone. The mission is based in Conakry, Guinea, but supports programs in both Guinea and Sierra Leone in agriculture, democracy and human rights, environment, gender equality, and global health.

Edward Theophilus Nelson: October 22, 1874 – August 03, 1940 (Guyanese) first West Indian to be called to the Bar in England

Edward Theophilus Nelson was born 22 October 1874 in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana) where his father Philip was a builder. He was educated at St. Philips School, Demerara and came to Oxford in 1898 to read law at St. John’s College (the wealthiest college in Oxford, with estates stretching to Cambridge).

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