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Hall, Kenneth Octavius  

Joanne Collins-Gonsalves

He was born on 24 April 1941 to Harry and Beatrice (Campbell) Hall in Lucea, Hanover, Jamaica. He received a Ph.D. in history (1971) and a M.A. in history (1967) from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada; a postgraduate diploma in international relations from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago (1967); and a B.A. in history from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (1966). His early school years were spent at the Rusea’s High School in Jamaica (1953–1960).

Academically, Hall rose to the post of pro-vice chancellor and principal of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona in 1996. According to the Jamaica Information Service, in

“the ten years (1996–2006 at The UWI the policies he implemented resulted in a significant transformation in academic programmes physical infrastructure and in student ...


Maxwell, Campbell L.  

Benjamin R. Justesen

was born in Fayette County, Ohio, one of ten children of Campbell and Henrietta (Hill) Maxwell. He is first mentioned in the 1850 census as being four years of age, although most official records list his birth year as 1851 or 1852. His father was a farmer and Methodist minister. Maxwell received his early education at home and in the Fayette County public schools before attending Wilberforce University, an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) school in Xenia, Ohio, where he attended preparatory classes and studied law.

By 1870 Maxwell worked as a schoolteacher in Xenia, while attending Wilberforce, and lived with his older brother Joshua, a local grocer. It was here that he met his future wife, Mary E. Cousins, a local schoolteacher, and they were married in June 1873. Two of their four children lived to adulthood: son Earl Frederick Maxwell, born in 1879 ...


Watson, Barbara Mae  

Nina Davis Howland

government official, was born in New York City, the daughter of James S. Watson, the first black elected judge in New York, and Violet Lopez. After receiving her BA from Barnard College in 1943, she served as an interviewer with the United Seaman's Service in New York from 1943 to 1946; as owner and executive director of Barbara Watson Models, a modeling agency, from1946 to1956; as a research assistant for the New York State Democratic Committee, from 1952 to 1953; as a clerk at the Christophers, a nonprofit Catholic organization in New York, from 1956 to 1957; and as foreign student adviser at Hampton Institute in Virginia, from 1958 to 1959.

Watson, who was honored as “the most outstanding law student in the City of New York,” received an LLB from New York Law School in 1962 graduating third highest in ...