Dr Linda Baboolal, who had the distinction of being this country’s first female Senate President and was also the first woman to be chairman of the People’s National Movement (PNM) died this morning at 4.44 am. She was 78.
Dr Baboolal had been warded at the Eric Willams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope for several days wih viral pneumonia.
She held the office of President of the Senate between 2002 and 2007. Prior to that, from 1992 to 1995, Dr. Baboolal served as the Member of Parliament for Barataria/San Juan and held several ministerial portfolios, including Social Development and Health.
A medical doctor by profession, Dr Baboolal was a graduate of Manitoba University and the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Dublin, Ireland. She worked extensively in both the public and in private health sectors.
She is survived by her husband, Dr Michael Baboolal, also a medical and their five children and eight grandchildren.
In a statement earlier today, the PNM said that during her tenure as Senate President, Dr Baboolal “won repute for her compassion, charm and unswerving moral probity.”
The statement continued: “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 grand children 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.”