Dr. Freddie Hickling Dead At 75

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Professor Emeritus Dr. Frederick “Freddie” Hickling, one of Jamaica’s noted psychiatrists is dead at 75.

Dr. Hickling was a former head of the University of the West Indies (UWI Mona) Psychiatry Department and was also the executive director of the Caribbean Institute of Mental Health.

 “Our family bids him farewell with our prayers and to the music of Miles Davis, Third World, Buju Banton, Harold Butler, Morgan Heritage, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh. He lived with courage and love. Farewell beloved,” said the Hickling family in a social media post.

The family also thanked the “magnificent staff at the UHWI from which he graduated 50-years ago.”

“I have no more words,” tweeted his daughter Dr. Deborah Hickling. “Love you pops,” she said.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his tribute to the life and work of the late professor said he was one of the preeminent voices in the field of psychiatry in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

“It is with sadness that I note the passing of Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry Frederick Hickling. Professor Hickling was one of the preeminent voices in the field of psychiatry in Jamaica and the Caribbean.  He had more than 100 publications and was a leading member of the University of the West Indies (UWI) community.”

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips hailed Professor Hickling as “a giant among his peers, a man who sought to bring a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of Jamaica, its people and culture for the purpose of social and psychological advancement.”

“Jamaica has lost a faithful and accomplished son,” added Phillips.

Hickling attended the Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston and was educated in medicine and psychiatry at UWI Mona.

He received specialist training in anatomy at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, University of London, and postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, University of Edinburgh.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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