Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dr Marco Brown receives highest MAJ Award


Happy Group after presentation: (l-r)  Drs. Selbourne Hemmings, Garfield Badal, Marco Brown, Shane Alexis, Garfield Campbell and Patrice Monthrope



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October 29, 2013

Retired medical practitioner, Dr. Henry A. A. "Marco" Brown, C.D., J.P., M.D., L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S., L.M. (IRE)   has been awarded the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) Fellow, the highest award bestowed by the Association on any member. This was done at a brief, well attended ceremony held at his home in Reading St. James on Friday October 18, 2013. The presentation was done by MAJ president Dr. Shane Alexis, with Member of Parliament the Hon. Lloyd B. Smith, members of the Western Branch of the MAJ, family members and other well-wishers also in attendance.

A past student of Cornwall College, he attended The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and completed studies there in 1956.  He returned to Jamaica in 1957 and worked for six months at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, then moved to the Department of Surgery at the Kingston Public Hospital where he worked until 1959, the year he became a member of the Jamaica Chapter of the British Medical Association.

''Marco" returned to Montego Bay in 1961 and became a founding member of the Western Medical Association of Jamaica in the same year and served as its first Secretary / Treasurer. This Association predated the formation of the MAJ and Dr. Brown's role in its establishment spins a tale of intrigue. Upon the occasion of Jamaica's independence in 1962, members of the Jamaican Branch of the British Medical Association decided that an independent MAJ needed to be established. Critical to the success of forging a unified national body was the support of the doctors in the west of the island.  "Marco" played the lead role in the 'battle for the West' and through his diplomatic negotiations, colleagues in the West joined with the others islandwide and the MAJ was finally formed, three years after independence, in 1965.

 A grateful MAJ salutes the foresight and determination of this founding Member.


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