Professor Emeritus Sir Henry Stuart Fraser, KA, GCM, BSc, MBBS, PhD, FACP, FRCP
Independent Senator, Barbados
Professor Emeritus Sir Henry Stuart Fraser,KA, GCM, BSc, (Physiology, London U.) MBBS (UWI), PhD (Pharmacology, London U), FACP, FRCP, is a Barbadian doctor, academic, architectural historian, public orator, and Independent Senator.
Early life and education
Professor Emeritus Henry Stuart Fraser, KA, GCM, BSc, (Physiology, London U.) MBBS (UWI), PhD (Pharmacology, London U), FACP, FRCP, was born at Spooners in St. John, Barbados on 25 June 1944 to Robert and Lorraine Fraser. He entered the Lodge School at age 8, where he won a Barbados Scholarship in 1962. He proceeded to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica to study medicine, was selected for a B.Sc. in Physiology at University College London, and completed his MBBS back at the UWI. He did his internship at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he met his wife, Dr. Maureen Skeete, on his first day of work in 1969. His specialty training in internal medicine and research began in Jamaica with Sir George Alleyne, and was completed in London, with a PhD in Pharmacology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School.
He returned home in 1977 as Lecturer in Medicine at the UWI, Cave Hill and Consultant Physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and was promoted to Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology in 1990. He established a Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory and Drug Monitoring Service at the hospital, the first in the CARICOM region, and a Hypertension Clinic, with the first Caribbean programme for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. He was a foundation member of the National Formulary Committee and the Caribbean Drug Testing Laboratory; a member of the World Health Organisation’s Expert Committee for Essential Drugs, the International Union of Clinical Pharmacology Committee and other international and regional committees; and he was the first Coordinator of Continuing Medical Education for Barbados and the OECS, from 1979 to 1990.
He established the Chronic Disease Research Centre in 1992, serving as Foundation Director until 2005. He was appointed Dean of the School of Clinical Medicine and Research in 2001, University Dean in 2005, and commissioned to lead the expansion to a full Faculty of Medical Sciences, which welcomed its first students in 2008. He retired in 2010, after 33 years of service to the University and the QEH. He has published more than 100 medical and scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, on therapeutics, high blood pressure, obesity, the elderly, and other topics, served as editor of the local Medical Association journal and as Chairman of the West Indian Medical Journal, and as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of CAREC, the Caribbean Regional Epidemiology Centre. He has been Public Orator for the Cave Hill Campus for 18 years and National Public Orator for 15 years.
Professor Fraser has had alternative careers in art, architectural history and heritage preservation, tourism and public speaking. He served as President of The Barbados National Trust, (1989 – 1994) & Council Member for 32 years, as member of the National Art Gallery Committee and the National Town and Country Planning Advisory Committee; Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Advisory Council, the Task Force for the Nomination of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Barbados National Trust Sentinel Committee, the Barbados National Trust Tyrol Cot Committee, Coordinator and Chairman, Conference of Caribbean National Trusts, in Barbados in May, 2014; Chairman of the Barbados National Task Force for the Preservation of Barbados' Built Heritage and the Preservation (Barbados) Foundation Trust.
Other publications include some 15 books, on architecture and heritage, for the UWI Press, Macmillan, and Miller Publishing, including Island in the Sun: The Story of Tourism in Barbados, and the new Historic Churches of Barbados; some 450 newspaper columns, with the ongoing Sunday Advocate column Things that matter; and more than 25 films for CBC-TV, including three major series: Treasures of Barbados, Pillars of Worship and Parliament 375. He is an award winning artist, exhibiting paintings in Britain, Jamaica and Barbados, receiving two Jamaican National Awards in 1972.
He is married to Dr. Maureen Skeete Fraser (retired dermatologist) and has one son Robert (engineer) and three grandchildren.
Honours and awards
In the 2014 Independence Day Hours, the Accolade of Knight of St. Andrew was conferred on Henry Fraser for his contribution to the medical profession and representation of Barbadian Culture, especially in the form of the architectural history of Barbados.
He has received many other awards, including the UWI’s Pelican Award, Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) in the Barbados Honours of 1992. He was appointed an Independent Senator in April 2012.