A true patriot
Arnott Cato Foundation
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Sir Richard Haynes. Sir Richard was a true patriot, always thinking of ways in which he could better develop Barbados.
After gaining a Barbados Scholarship he studied medicine at Edinburgh and returned to Barbados after gaining his postgraduate qualification as a medical specialist. He was passionate in the development of medicine in both the public sector of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and in the private sector.
As a medical professional he established a reputation among his colleagues as a great diagnostic expert and was instrumental in establishing the first Intensive Care Unit at the QEH, and ensuring that staff was trained to make it a functional reality. His last official role concerning the QEH was as the chairman of the Advisory Commission of Enquiry into the QEH in 1998.
He plunged into his other interest of politics as a member of the Democratic Labour Party, and mastered economics to the extent that when the DLP returned to power in 1986, Prime Minister Barrow offered him as his first portfolio in government, the Ministry of Finance.
Like so many others, his political career would have it highs and lows and came to an end some 15 years ago. He was knighted 10 years ago for his excellent contributions to Barbados in the fields of medicine and politics.
He maintained his interest in public affairs and the development of Barbados until his final illness. The most tangible expression of this was from the year 2000 as a Foundation Trustee of the Arnott Cato Foundation, dedicated to the development of health personnel in Barbados and at the QEH in particular.
In this regard I will miss his wise counsel as we deal with the applications we receive for assistance with various health development programmes as they affect the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and its staff.
The trustees of the Arnott Cato Foundation extend their condolences to Lady Haynes, his children, grandchildren and all members of his family, and thank them for sharing his life with us.