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The passing of Martin Henry, noted columnist, at the age of 61, has come as a shock to many who knew him closely as well as to the public at large. His untimely death comes just after participating in a TV newscast where he commented on the death of former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga. A multi-faceted personality, Martin Henry was known as an academic administrator, a newspaper columnist and commentator. His columns appeared in the Jamaica Gleaner regularly and have for a long time.
Death Came Suddenly
Tracing the events of Tuesday evening, Mr. Henry was at the studios of Television Jamaica to be a guest on the Prime Time News segment. He was invited to offer his opinions on Edward Seaga, Jamaica’s former PM who had passed away just the very day. After finishing the show, it is said that he complained of being unwell and was taken to Medical Associates Hospital in St. Andrew. He was later pronounced dead. At the hospital, to express their grief and condolences on the passing away of Mr. Henry, were Gary Allen, Chief Executive Officer of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group and Dionne Jackson Miller, former President of the Press Association of Jamaica. Earl Moxam, a Special Assignments Editor with the RJRGLEANER Group was also present at the hospital. He recalled how Martin Henry used to be a frequent participant in those ‘That’s a Rap’ shows and expressed that he will be sadly missed.
Martin Henry’s Contribution to the Academic Field Recalled
Martin Henry’s significant contribution to the academic field was recalled in a statement issued by Stephen Vasciannie, the President of Utech, in which it has been mentioned
“His management of entrepreneurship projects, his work in promoting research and intellectual development, his contribution to the Journal of Arts, Science and Technology, his organisation of the Research and Technology Innovation Day, and, most recently, his stalwart efforts with the University of Technology Press are all counted as significant and laudable”.
The entire Jamaica mourns at the passing of a great commentator, columnist and Jamaican.