Just two months before the country inaugurates a new President, former President George Maxwell Richards, 86, has died.
Richards died around 7.43 pm on Monday at the West Shore Medical Private Hospital, Cocorite, from a heart attack.
Richards, the country’s fourth President, fell ill around midday following which his wife Jean and daughter Maxine took him to the hospital for medical attention.
Doctors discovered that Richards had an unusual heartbeat.
Doctors advised that he installed a pacemaker to regulate his heart beat.
On his daughter Maxine Richards’ Facebook page on Monday night, she posted a picture of herself and her father stating: “Rest in peace daddy, I can’t believe you are gone.”
Richards was known as the feteing President, always in a Carnival event and at a social gathering.
Richards served as the fourth President of Trinidad and Tobago between 2003 and 2013. he replaced Arthur NR Robinson. He was succeeded by Anthony Carmona who demits office on March 18.
Richards was a Professor Emeritus in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Engineering at the University of the West Indies and was the first President of the Republic who was not a lawyer.
He was born in San Fernando in 1931 and received his primary education there before winning a Government Exhibition to Queen’s Royal College in Port of Spain.
From May 1950 to September 1951 he was a staff trainee (exploration, production and refining) at United British Oilfields of Trinidad Ltd.
From 1957 to 1965, Richards held a number of managerial posts at Shell Trinidad Ltd, and then joined the University of the West Indies as a senior lecturer in chemical engineering.
In October 1970, he was appointed Professor of chemical engineering. He also held the post of Deputy Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor from August 1980 to May 1985.
Richards became acting principal in October 1984 and held this post until May 1985, when he was appointed Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor. He held this position until November 1996.
He served on the board of a number of local companies, including the Trinidad Publishing Company, TRINTOC, and the National Gas Company, and has also served on the boards of several service organizations, including the National Training Board (Chairman), the National Advisory Council and the Institute of Marine Affairs (Chairman).
He was also a member of several professional societies, including the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago, the Institute of Chemical Engineers (London), the Institute of Petroleum (London); the Royal Society of Chemistry (London).
GEORGE MAXWELL RICHARDS
HIS FINAL WALK AS PRESIDENT
SWEARING IN A NEW PRIME MINISTER
ATTENDING UWI FETE