Nita Barrow

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Her Excellency
Dame Nita Barrow
Governor-General of Barbados
In office
6 June 1990 – 19 December 1995
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Lloyd Erskine Sandiford
Owen Arthur
Preceded by Hugh Springer
Succeeded by Denys Williams (A.g) 1995-1996

Clifford Husbands 1996 - 2011

Personal details
Born (1916-11-15)15 November 1916
Died 19 December 1995(1995-12-19) (aged 79)
Alma mater University of Toronto

Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, GCMG, DA, FRCN (15 November 1916 – 19 December 1995) was the first and only female Governor-General of Barbados.[1] She was a nurse and humanitarian activist from Barbados. She served as Governor-General of Barbados from 6 June 1990 until her death on 19 December 1995.[2] She was also the sister of Errol Barrow.


Barrow trained as a nurse, midwife and health care administrator, holding a variety of nursing, public health and public administration jobs in Barbados and Jamaica in the 1940s/1950s.[citation needed]

She was a member of the Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons that visited South Africa in 1986. During that mission she successfully thwarted South Africa's military restrictions, through entering the restricted area of Alexandria township disguised in African garb and head-dress.[3]

In 1980 Barrow was conferred the highest honour in Barbados; she was made a Dame of St. Andrew (DA) of the Order of Barbados. She was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.


Honors & Awards[edit]

  • 1975 Doctor of Laws, University of the West Indies
  • 1980 Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing
  • 1980 Dame of St. Andrew, by Order of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1982 Doctor of Science, McMaster University, Canada
  • 1983 Gamaliel Chair Lecturer, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA
  • 1984 Spirit of Caribbean Award, Caribbean Resources Foundation
  • 1985 West Indian of the Year, Bajan Magazine
  • 1986 Caribbean Prize for Peace through the Struggle for Justice, Caribbean Council of Churches
  • 1986 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award, Kiwanis Club of Barbados
  • 1987 CARICOM Women's Award
  • 1987 Doctor of Laws, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1987 Doctor of Human Letters, Morris Brown University, USA
  • 1988 Doctor of Humanities, Mount St. Vincent University, Canada
  • 1988 Doctor of Laws, University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1988 Presidential Medal, Brooklyn College, USA
  • 1988 Honorable Doctor of Laws, Spellman College, USA
  • 1989 The Christiane Reimann Prize, International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland


  1. Blackman, Francis Woodie. Dame Nita: Caribbean Woman, World Citizen. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 1985.
  1. ^ COLLECTIONS & LIBRARIES: Their Excellencies, Cave Hill Campus Library, University of the West Indies
  2. ^ Carrington, Sean (2007). A~Z of Barbados Heritage. Macmillan Caribbean Publishers Limited. pp. 20–21. ISBN 0-333-92068-6. 
  3. ^ Carrington, (2003)

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Government offices
Preceded by
Hugh Springer
Governor-General of Barbados
Succeeded by
Denys Williams