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Erskine Simmons
(1936 - 11 June 2019)
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Dr Erskine A. Simmons
Former Member of Parliament, Barbados

Dr Erskine A. Simmons was a Pan Africanist, doctor, energy advocate, politician, and a former Member of Parliament in Barbados

Early life and education

Dr Erskine A. Simmons was born in Barbados in 1936.  He attended Lynch’s Secondary School (“Green Lynch”), Foundation School, and the Combermere School. He studied at the University of New York and, because blacks could not study medicine there, went on to Howard University, from which he graduated and returned to Barbados in 1971 to begin his medical career at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Career

In 1986, Simmons joined his brother, attorney Keith Simmons, on the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) ticket and captured the St Michael South East seat. After losing it in 1991, he was appointed to the Senate.

He retired from elective politics in 1994, but was still involved, managing the DLP campaign in 2003.

As a Pan Africanist, he was instrumental in the struggle to free South African icon Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners in Africa. From 1992 to 1994, he was president of the African Caribbean Pacific – European Commission Joint Committee - the first Caribbean national to be elected as President.

As an advocate for alternative energy, he was among the first to have his home fully outfitted with a solar system.

Death

Dr Erskine Simmons died on 11 June 2019 at Bayview Hospital in Barbados. He was 83.  He was buried on Thursday, 20 June 2019 following a service at the Holetown Methodist Church, St. James, Barbados.
Sources

http://www.nationnews.com/

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Occupation Doctor, Pan Africanist, Politician
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Date of Birth 1936
Place of Birth Barbados
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Date of Death 11 June 2019 (aged 83)
Place of Death Barbados
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Notable Accomplishments
Former Member of Parliament, Barbados: 1986 - 1991
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