Oscar Wendell Jordan

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 11 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3823
  1. C Christopher Smith,
  2. Mike Ford

Oscar Wendell Jordan was born in Barbados into a family for whom hard work, self improvement, and education were essential aims. His father was a highly respected chief inspector of public health and his mother a much loved school teacher. All four children attended the Lodge School, founded in 1745 by Sir Christopher Codrington, an antislavery advocate. From his arrival in September 1950 until he left for Edinburgh University in 1959, Oscar was recognised as a multitalented student, who represented the school at cricket (first 11 school captain), football, and athletics. A gifted guitarist and singer, he had a wide repertoire of humorous calypsos, with which he would entertain family and friends.

He won the prestigious Barbados …

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