Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Former President Max Richards has died

Former President George Maxwell Richards

Former President Professor George Maxwell Richards has died.

His family confirmed that he passed away on Monday.

Richards suffered a heart attack earlier in the day and was admitted to the West Shore medical Centre in critical condition.

Richards was the country's fourth President whose time in office spanned 2003 to 2013. A chemical engineer by training, Richards was Principal of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad from 1984 to 1996. He previously worked for Shell Trinidad Ltd before joining the University of the West Indies in 1965. Known by most citizens as "Max" Richards, was born in San Fernando in 1931 where he received his primary education before winning a scholarship to attend Queen's Royal College in Port of Spain that led to his studies in chemical engineering. Richards is survived by wife Jean Ramjohn-Richards, and children Maxine and Mark.