Former Senate President Syringa Marshall-Burnett Has Died

Former president of the Jamaican Senate, and pioneering nurse, Syringa Marshall-Burnett has died.


She reportedly developed complications after being hospitalized earlier with Chikungunya-like symptoms.

Up to the time of her death, the former People’s National Party politician was the chairperson of the National Council for Senior Citizens.

The nurse and educator served as president of the Senate from 1995-2007.

Family friend, Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, said she is saddened.

“She was a very close personal friend of my husband and I. We are deeply saddened by her passing…” Forte said.

More on Marshall-Burnett:

  • Awarded Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 1990.
  • Appointed Senator in 1992.
  • Appointed head of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) School of Nursing in 1989.
  • Past Executive member, National Executive Committee of the PNP.
  • Served multiple times as president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica.
  • Education: University of Toronto, Canada; New York University, USA; The UWI.

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