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Tributes to Dr. Cheryl King

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, January 8, 2015

Passing of Dr. Cheryl King

It was with profound regret that the Cave Hill Campus learnt of the passing of Medical Librarian Dr. Cheryl King on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.



Sir Hilary Beckles (Professor)

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Cave Hill campus


It is with profound sadness that I have learnt of the passing of my colleague Dr Cheryl King. 

Cheryl was my graduate student and I have fond memories of  engaging her in discussions on her topic as well as  of her diligence and cheerful personality.

 I wish to extend deepest condolences to her husband and children.


Eudine Barriteau, (Professor) PhD. GCM

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Open Campus

I am very saddened to learn of the passing of my good colleague, Dr Cheryl King. Cheryl was a very good friend of the then Centre for Gender and Development Studies and worked with us on a number of projects and Caribbean Women Catalysts for Change lectures. When the Nita Barrow Women In Development Specialist Collection was opened in 2006, she served at the Librarian in charge of this collection for quite some time. She always provided assistance willingly, was pleasant with a ready chuckle and helped us with so many displays. To her family and friends I offer my heartfelt sympathies. Rest in peace.


Sophia St. Juste

Sydney Martin Library

I wish to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Cheryl King. 


Joan A. Brathwaite

Retired Senior Librarian II, UWI Faculty of Law Library

Dr. Cheryl King and I met several years ago when we were both part-time external students at the University of Wales Aberystwyth studying librarianship. At the time, Cheryl had already started her doctoral studies in history at the UWI, Cave Hill, but she was also working on her masters in librarianship. We, therefore, spent several hours discussing our studies, as well as the various concerns of working full-time, and studying at an overseas university, which entailed constant e-mail correspondence with our Supervisors, as well as visiting occasionally to be sure that we were on the right track.

Cheryl and I built up a strong friendship over the years, and I had hoped that she would have come to work in the Faculty of Law Library, but she was appointed to the Main Library, now the Sydney Martin Library, in 2005, and I, myself, retired from the UWI Law Library in 2006. We continued to chat from time to time over the years, and it was only some months ago that she told me that she was attached to the Medical Library. I knew that she had carried on the work that the late Jeniphier Carnegie had started in the Nita Barrow Collection in the Main Library, and I was aware of the tremendous work that she had put in to continue building up that Collection.

The fact that Cheryl was our first Librarian on Campus to have earned her doctorate gave me intense satisfaction.   She had worked extremely hard to achieve that goal, and as mentioned above, Cheryl did her studies in a part-time capacity, and she was able to multi-task them, concentrating on more than one discipline at the same time, and still working, and looking after, and caring for her family. In addition, Cheryl was also involved in many other areas on Campus, and assisted in particular the Institute of Gender and Development Studies with many of their programmes.   And she was still studying. At the time of her passing, she was in to a new field of studies!

Cheryl will be sorely missed by all those whose paths touched hers. I extend deep condolences to her family and friends.

May she Rest in Peace.


Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo, PhD

Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Cheryl King holds a BA degree in History from UWI, Cave Hill Campus. As an undergraduate student, records in the Department point to a student who undertook her academic work with a lot of zeal, was interactive during tutorials, and exhibited a critical and mature bent of mind. Because of the admirable academic impression she created during her undergraduate studies, years later, the Department welcomed her application for doctoral studies. She graduated with  PhD degree in History in October of 2007.


Dr. King has worked closely with the Department assisting its research students with citations and bibliography in their works. Worth mentioning as well is that in 2009 Dr. King graciously accepted to compile and edit “A Bibliography of Works by the Department of History and Philosophy, UWI, Cave Hill Campus.” The text was published in January of 2010. The amount of time and energy she expended on the project is a clear testimony of her magnanimity and personability.


Cave Hill Campus has lost a conscientious member of staff; the Department a good friend; and the family a pillar of strength. On behalf of myself and colleagues in the Department, I am obliged to send condolences to the family of Dr. King during this very difficult and trying times.

 Mola amweke Dr. King mahali pema peponi; Rest in peace, Dr. King.


Teresacita Cox


Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work

My deepest condolences to Dr. Cheryl King’s husband, daughter, Son and granddaughter. 


Natalie Bannister

Library Clerk

Sidney Martin Library

I remember Dr. Cheryl King as a very caring person.  It was on many occasions I would tease her about having one of the lovely hand bags which she seemed to have a penchant for.

Dr. King came to my rescue and made sure that I sought medical attention after a medical crisis arose at work one night during a Christmas period.

It was a pleasure to converse with her in the lunch room as she was very knowledgeable and had a quick wit.

It is with profound sadness that I extend my sympathy to her family and close friends.




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