Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian
Former Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian was a former Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Early life and education
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian is the only surviving son of the Honourable Joseph Matthew Sebastian, who was a Member of the Legislative and Executive Councils of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla until his death in 1944, and Mrs. Inez Veronica Sebastian (née Hodge).
After achieving a BSc at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 1953, Dr. Sebastian went on to graduate from Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Doctorate in Medicine and a Master of Surgery Degree in 1958. Returning to St. Kitts, he then joined the Government's Medical Service, working as District Medical Officer throughout St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.
He served in St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla as Pupil Teacher, Learner/Dispenser, Chemist and Druggist, Laboratory Technician, Senior Dispenser, Medical Superintendent and Obstetrician-Gynaecologist. He was Chief Medical Officer of St. Kitts and Nevis from 1980 to 1983.
From 1962 to 1966, Dr. Sebastian trained at the Dundee Royal Infirmary in Scotland, specializing in obstetrics and gynaecology. Upon returning to the island, he was appointed Medical Superintendent and Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at the Cunningham Hospital and its successor, the Joseph N. France General Hospital. He also served as Chief Medical Officer from 1980 to 1983.
He was a rear gunner during World War II in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Captain Surgeon of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force and Captain in the British Army. In addition, Sir Cuthbert was ADC to the Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla Premier, Robert L. Bradshaw, when Bradshaw went to Buckingham Palace on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 25th year on the Throne.
Honours and Awards
In 1970, Dr. Sebastian was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Cuthbert was appointed Governor-General in 1995 and was sworn in on 1 January 1996. In 1996, Dr. Sebastian received the Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
Dalhousie University honoured him with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws, in 1998, and in 2005 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Allison University.
On 5 July 2002, Sir Cuthbert an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Edinburgh in Scotland, for his outstanding career and service to humanity in the field of medicine. Prior to Edinburgh, Sir Cuthbert received an FRCS in London.
In 2005 the Co,llege of Arms granted Sir Cuthbert his personal Coat of Arms.
Sir Cuthbert died on 27 MArch 2017, aged 95.