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Professor Holman Eugène Williams
Date of Death: September 20, 2020
In Loving Memory of
Professor Holman Eugène Williams
October 1, 2020
9:00 am
Clark & Battoo’s Chapel

Professor Holman Eugène Williams of St. Ann’s Port of Spain, died peacefully at his home with his
beloved wife by his side, on September 20th, 2020. He was in his 95th year.
Holman was born in 1926 on the island of Guadeloupe, French West Indies, to father Charles Holman
Barker Williams (a Master’s degree Harvard Graduate in Agriculture) and mother Marie-Joseph
Anselme Julie (née Mignard). He was the younger of two sons and spent his formative years in British
Guiana. He later enrolled in the DICTA (Diploma in Tropical Agriculture) program for one year before
the University of Toronto. He went on to receive his Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin and
his Ph.D in Virology at the University of Edinburgh.
In 1966, Holman married his wife Marina Anne (née Marshall) and together they have two children
Leslie (John Trovato) and Luke (Kim Chen) Williams and three grandchildren Solange Williams,
Marina Trovato and Danielle Williams. He will be missed by his sisters in law Leo Marshall and Lauren
Urtel and all of his wonderful nephews and nieces, with a special mention to Anne Vidal (née Williams).
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Sydney John Albert, his sister – in law Paula
Patricia (née Julien) and his nephew David Williams.
Prof Williams dedicated his professional life to improving the standards of tertiary education and
providing opportunities for all students that crossed his path. On returning to Trinidad, he became the
in 1965. He taught students in the Faculty of Agriculture and at the Mt. Hope Veterinary School for a
of teaching he made numerous contributions. These included forming part of the task force that built
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, travelling to numerous countries throughout the world
to establish recommendations for the veterinary curriculum and liaising with colleagues both at UWI
and the University Of McGill to establish the Sugar Cane Feed Center. Later he prepared Accreditation
Policies and Procedures in Veterinary Medical Education.
“Prof Williams” as he was fondly known passed with a grace that has cloaked him throughout his
entire life. His service will be held on Thursday 1st October 2020, from Clark & Battoo’s Chapel,
11 Tragarete Road, P.O.S at 9:00 a.m. followed by Cremation and Live Streaming for all those
that would like to join his family on facebook, Clark and Battoo, P.O.S. page. In light of
enforcing the physical distancing required with COVID 19, we ask that only
family members be in attendance.

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