The Organization mourns the loss of Dr Mervyn Henry MBBS, DCP, FRCPath who passed away on June 22nd, 2011 at his home in Trinidad.
Dr Henry was born on October, 15th, 1924. He was an illustrious son of the soil, and in 1992 was awarded the Republic’s Chaconia Gold Medal for long and meritorious service to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in the sphere of Health Services.
In 1944 Dr Henry left Trinidad for England to attend the Middlesex Hospital Medical School and was awarded his MBBS in 1951. During the period 1951 to 1953 he was appointed to the Mount Vernon Hospital and the Farnham Hospital, England. In 1954 Dr. Henry attended the Post Graduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, from which he attained his post graduate Diploma in Clinical Pathology in 1955.
Dr. Henry returned to Trinidad in 1955 and took up an appointment as a Pathologist with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. He was appointed as a Consultant Pathologist in 1958, and became a Member of the Royal College of Pathology (MRC Path) in 1963, and later, in 1970, a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology. In 1966, he was appointed a Principal Medical Officer. In 1967 Dr. Henry took up a PAHO/WHO Fellowship in Health Administration at the University of Toronto, where, in 1968, he earned his post graduate Certificate in Health Services Administration. In 1969 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago and served in that capacity until 1974.
Dr Henry joined PAHO in 1974 and was assigned as Country Representative, Guyana. In 1978 Dr. Henry was appointed Country Representative in Barbados and became the first Caribbean Programme Coordinator with direct responsibility for health programmes in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Islands and with a coordinating responsibility for the other Caribbean territories. During his term of office, five Eastern Caribbean Islands became independent and full-fledge members of PAHO. Some of his accomplishments included the introduction of the Disaster Preparedness program at the CPC. He also worked in the areas of Diarrhoeal diseases, Yellow fever, Malaria and the Expanded Program on Immunization.
He served PAHO with distinction and is remembered fondly by his colleagues as a true gentleman. He was professional, kind, and earned the respect of the Governments in the Caribbean, his peers and his staff. He was full of love, with an aura of peace, brilliant, with a quick sense of humor, and loved by all.
Dr Henry retired from PAHO in 1984. Following retirement, Dr Henry continued to serve in the Public Health arena in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. He worked as Director of the National Cancer Registry, and also as a Consultant for the PAHO/WHO Representation Trinidad and Tobago.