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UWI hails Golden Krust CEO

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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THE University of the West Indies said yesterday that it was shocked and saddened by the passing of Lowell Hawthorne, president and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, who allegedly committed suicide Saturday at his business place in New York.

“This sad and painful development has sent emotional shivers down the souls of many friends and colleagues, who will now surround his grieving family with the love and affection he has shown. Lowell was loved by all of us whose blessing it was to work and socialise with him,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.

“His persistent warmth as an accessible person transcended his family and personal relations. His dedication to the cause of The University of the West Indies, for example, was a hallmark of his social commitment to others. As chairman of the board of the University's North American foundation, and as a generous benefactor for youth empowerment through education, his impact was deep and far-reaching. The university community is saddened by this enormous loss of friendship and concern for development of Caribbean people, both at home and in the diaspora. We offer our love and condolences to his beloved wife and family. May his soul rest in peace,” said Sir Hilary.

“Since 2011, Mr Hawthorne served as director/chairman of the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI). This foundation, based in New York, has been the principal link between The UWI and partners in the United States, including alumni, the Caribbean community, and business interests.

“He was well-regarded, particularly for his long-standing commitment to supporting education through service, mentorship and the sponsorship of scholarships to The UWI and several other institutions. For this he was recognised as one of the AFUWI's 'Caribbean Luminaries' in 2009 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The UWI in 2012,” said Sir Hilary.

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