PNM remembers 'servant of the people' Dr Linda Baboolal
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The People’s National Movement (PNM) has expressed sadness over the passing of Dr Linda Baboolal, the country’s first female Senate President.
She passed away during the early hours of Thursday at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC).
She was 78.
Dr Baboolal was a pioneer and a woman of many firsts as she also had the distinction of serving as the PNM’s first and only female Chairman to date.
In a message sending condolences to the family of Dr Baboolal, the PNM remembered her as “one who, during her tenure, won repute for her compassion, charm and unswerving moral probity”.
The party also noted that during her career as a doctor, she “distinguished herself not only as an eminent medical practitioner, but more so, as a servant of and for the people.”
The PNM expressed their gratitude to her family for sharing her with the party and the wider national community.
Below is the full statement from the PNM:
The People’s National Movement notes with tremendous sadness the passing of Dr. Linda Baboolal, who previously served as the Chairman of the People’s National Movement from 1996 – 2000; as the Member of Parliament for Barataria / San Juan and as a Cabinet Minister from 1992-1995; and as the President of the Senate during the 7th and 8th Republican Parliaments from 2002- 2007.
Dr. Baboolal, a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Dublin, Ireland, distinguished herself not only as an eminent medical practitioner, but more so, as a servant of and for the people.
Hers is the distinction of being the first, and to date, the only female Chairman of the People’s National Movement, and one who, during her tenure, won repute for her compassion, charm and unswerving moral probity.
She was also the first female President of the Senate, as well as the first woman to act as the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The People’s National Movement joins the nation in prayer for the repose of her soul and we lift her family, her husband Dr. Michael Baboolal and their children and grandchildren in our thoughts and with love.
We are grateful to them for sharing their wife, mother, and grandmother with us and with the wider national community for almost 30 years.
On behalf of the Executive and Membership of the People’s National Movement, I extend deepest condolences to the Baboolal family. May the Lord comfort them at this time.