Dr Linda Baboolal
Former President of the Senate, Trinidad and Tobago
Dr Linda Baboolal was a Trinidadian politician and a former President of the Senate
Early life and education
Linda Baboolal née Mohan was born in Siparia, Trinidad on 21 January 1941 to parents Solomon and Sylvia Mohan. She was the eldest child of six - five girls and one boy. She attended Manitoba University, graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Dublin, Ireland in 1973.
Baboolal was the first woman to hold the office of President of the Senate the country’s history, which she did between 2002 and 2007. She was elected President of the Senate on 5 April 2002 (7th Republican Parliament) and again on 17 October 2002 (8th Republican Parliament).
From 1992 to 1995, then the Member of Parliament for Barataria/San Juan, Baboolal held several Ministerial portfolios including Social Development and Health. At the following election - she lost her seat to the opposition but was then made the first female Chairperson of the People’s National Movement (PNM).
Dr. Baboolal was also a medical doctor specialising in general family practice and worked extensively in both the local public sector and in private practice.
She performed extensive voluntary work in the health arena, with a special interest in the promotion of women in all aspects of life, especially in decision making.
She was married to husband Dr Michael Baboolal and was a mother of six- Margaret Patience, Carolyn Moshtagh, Sherylann Ramsaran, Henry Baboolal, Rajendra Baboolal and Sanjay Mooneeram.
Dr Linda Baboolal passed away at 4.44 am on 12 September 2019 at the age of 78. Her funeral was held at the All Saints Anglican Church, Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain, followed by cremation at the St James Crematorium, Long Circular Road, St James, Trinidad.