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Dr. Gideon Cordice passes away quietly

Dr. Gideon Cordice passes away quietly


The person attributed with the elimination of Yaws in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has died. Dr. Gideon Cordice, or Doc, as he was affectionately called, passed away quietly at his home on Monday.{{more}}

Dr Cordice has been described as a pioneer in public health, and for decades headed the public health department here. In addition to this, for many years Dr. Cordice was the resident physician at the Psychiatric Hospital. He also served as the Chief Medical Officer and was president of the medical association until he retired from active service in 1978.

Dr Cordice attended medical school in Aberdeen, Scotland, and graduated in 1950. From there, he pursued postgraduate studies in Tropical Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of London.

In an interview with Searchlight two years ago, he recalled that when he returned home in 1955, for the first six months he spent at the Colonial Hospital (now the Milton Cato Memorial), he and Dr. Sidney Gun-Munro were the only two doctors in the hospital, handling every department from Casualty to Surgery.

Dr Cordice was also President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association for over 25 years.

He is survived by 12 children, many grandchildren, his companion Carlita Cordice and other relatives and friends.

His funeral service will be held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Georgetown on Monday, January 28, from 1:00 p.m.