Frederick Wills (Guyana)
Frederick "Fred" Wills (died 1992) was the Foreign Affairs Minister of Guyana in the 1970s He was a renowned statesman, lawyer, cricket expert and intellectual. Wills is cited for his intellectual and academic genius by oral stories from his fellow-Guyanese and globally.
Fred Wills studied law in at King's College London University, where he was awarded the Jelf Medal for his outstanding academic success as a law graduate. He was also named to Queens Counsel, the highest level of judges in England. However, he never practiced as a judge in England, instead returning to Guyana.
When he returned to Guyana he became famous for being one of the top legal minds in Guyana, whilst also contributing to developing the law and constitution in Guyana. When the Guyanese president Forbes Burnham came into power he appointed Wills as Justice Minister and later Foreign Affairs Minister. In that capacity Wills briefly presided over the United Nations Security Council and twice addressed the General Assembly, once on independence for East Timor and once on September 27, 1976, to promote a Third World debt moratorium.
Wills' government service ended in the late 1970s and he moved to the United States. There he became a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey and an associate of Lyndon LaRouche. He was a founding board member of the Schiller Institute in 1984.
Fred Wills served as club captain for the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in Georgetown, Guyana, and was a popular announcer at cricket games in the U.S. Guyanese cricket fans have proposed renaming the DCC Pavilion as Fred Wills Pavilion.
- Schiller Institute article: "Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1976: When a New Just Monetary System Was On The Agenda". The story of Fred Wills' second U.N. speech.
- Caribbean Cricket: mention of Wills' cricket skill