Henry Fagan to Be Laid To Rest on Tuesday September 11th

Dr. Henry Fagan

The body of Dr. Henry Fagan will be laid to rest on Tuesday September 11th.

He was a plant pathologist who served the Windward Islands Banana Industry for many years.

According to close family members he became ill about two to three months ago and this lead to his death on September 3rd.

Dr. Fagan worked with the Jamaica Coconut Industry Board, on the Belize Citrus Industry, on cocoa in Jamaica and then on bananas at Winban Research in St Lucia.

On his return to Dominica he served as Chairman of the Dominica Banana Marketing Corporation.

He was a Former Research Fellow in the Faculty of Agriculture (UWI). He published several papers in referenced journals on: Pathology of citrus flowers and fruit set in Belize and investigated strains of causal fungi on citrus crops.

Dr. Fagan was a member of the Dominica Academy Arts & Sciences (DAAS) Agriculture & Environment Committee and also a member of the Local Chapter.

He assisted in the DAAS contributions to the Dominica Botanical Gardens and was a valuable collaborator with Dr. Clayton Shillingford in the provision and development by DAAS of multiple banana and plantain tissue culture varieties resistant to both Yellow and Black Sigatoka leaf disease.

The objective of this project was to provide banana and plantain farmers with alternatives if and when especially Black Sigatoka entered Dominica which is now the case.

DAAS wishes to extend condolences to Dr. Henry Fagan’s family and to say that his presence and his many contributions to Agriculture in the region will be missed.

The funeral service will be held at the St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Potterville, with viewing from 3 pm.

 

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