CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 23, 2009: A former Deputy Commissioner of New York City and former acting Commissioner of Health of New York State whose roots traced back to Grenada is dead.
Dr. Lorna Scott McBarnette died suddenly in New York on Tuesday, according to reports reaching CWNN. Grenada Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, remembered McBarnette, as someone who was `proud of her Grenadian heritage and served as a point of contact and organizer for organizations and groups in North America who wanted to offer assistance to enhance Grenada’s health system.`
At the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. in New York, where McBarnette served as a director on the board, fellow CAACI founding member, Ambassador Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, remembered her as `energetic and full of ideas` and she `helped a lot of people.`
`She inspired others to be the best that they can be,` added Roy A. Hastick, President and Founder, CACCI.
At the time of her passing, Dr. McBarnette was Vice President for Institutional Development and Vice Provost for Health Professions at American International University of Antigua School of Nursing. She was highly regarded as an expert in the fields of public health and health policy and earned a reputation for taking on and solving challenging policy issues.
In the past, Dr. McBarnette also served with distinction as professor and dean of the School of Health, Technology and Management at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Long Island, NY.
She was a mother of two, an influential and gifted speaker, community leader, teacher and an advocate for small business owners. And she used her leadership and management skills to address institutional challenges and created numerous job opportunities in the areas of health and health related programs and projects.
Dr. McBarnette received her Bachelor of Arts from the College at Old Westbury, her Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University, her Doctor of Education from LaSalle University and her Doctor of Science from American International School of Medicine. She also received a Certificate in Public Administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post College.
She is set to be laid to rest on Wednesday, March 25th following a 10 a.m, church service at St Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church; 29 Claver Place, Brooklyn, NY.