Dr Desrey Fox to be cremated today
The late Minister within the Ministry of Education Dr Desrey Fox will be cremated today.
There will be a viewing of the body from 08:30hrs at the Umana Yana in Kingston following which at 10:00hrs there will be the official funeral service.
Dr Fox’s remains will then be taken to the crematorium at Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara.
Born Desrey Clementine Caesar- Fox at Warmadong Village, Kamarang Keng, Upper Mazaruni District, the late minister leaves to mourn three sons, Terrence Fox Jr., Kwame and Mensah among other family members and colleagues.
Among Dr Fox’s accolades are a Ph.D Linguistics, Rice University, Houston Texas, 2003, MA Linguistics, Rice University, Houston Texas, 2003, MA Environmental Anthropology, University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K. 1997 and B.Soc. Sociology, University of Guyana
She was also an Associate Researcher, University of Oregon, Co-ordinator of Amerindian Research Unit, University of Guyana, Lecturer in Linguistics, Department of Language and Culture Studies, University of Guyana, Lecturer in Amerindian Studies, University of Guyana and Curator, Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology
Dr Fox was also the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, Rice University, 1998 to 2003; a European Union Scholarship to read for Master of Arts in Environmental Anthropology at the University of Kent at Canterbury (1996 to 1997); among students in American University Award ( 2001 to2002), Rice University, Houston, Texas; The 2001 Rice University’s Women’s Impact Award, Rice University, Houston, Texas; The Robert Lowery Pattern Price, 2000, Rice University, Houston, Texas; The Dennis Irving Prize, University of Guyana, 1998; Recipient of the Post-Doctoral national Science Foundation Grant, Rice University, 2002 to 2006 as well as being the recipient Guyana’s 38th Independence Anniversary Service and Humanitarian Award, 2004 from the Guyana Mission, Consulate and the Guyana Tri-State Alliance, Inc.
Dr Fox was also the Co Author of the Indigenous Condition in Guyana: A Situational Analysis of the Mabura Great Falls Community.
She authored Five Hundred Years After: Indigenous Women in the Caribbean Revisited which was published in the proceedings of the Second Gathering Conference of the Indigenous peoples in the Caribbean by the Ministry of Culture, Trinidad and Tobago.
“Caught within the Cracks: the case of the Amerindian Women of Guyana, published in Polygloth, USA…Zauro’no dok Akawaio Yau: Variants of Akawaio spoken in the village of Warmadong. Ph.D thesis, Rice University , Houston, Texas…Body Metaphors in Akawaio House Construction Published in the Journal of Anthropology, USA.”
Dr Fox died just days after she was involved in a horrific collision. She, along with her grandson, was flung from the vehicle in which they were being transported.
Her son was driving at the time. The vehicle collided with an ambulance.
Dr. Fox has been duly hailed as a fallen hero who will be remembered as a national icon.