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Curtis Jacobs

was born at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 6 September 1887, to James, Jr. and Cecelia Pawan (née AuMaître), believed to be of European, Indian, and Chinese ancestry. Other siblings were Edna, Anella Louise, and Iris. His secondary education was spent at St. Mary’s College (College of the Immaculate Conception—CIC), Port-of-Spain. In 1907 he was recipient of the Island Scholarship. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1912 with bachelor’s degrees in Medicine and Surgery, and after studies at the Pasteur Institute, France returned to Trinidad and Tobago in 1913.

He was appointed assistant surgeon at the Colonial Hospital (today, Port-of-Spain General Hospital), a position he held until 1916, when he was appointed district medical officer at Tobago. In 1919 Pawan was transferred to Cedros, Trinidad, in the same position.

In 1918 Pawan married Ethel Manzanares, with whom he had two children: Daphne (1 June ...