It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of former Chairman, CARDI, Board of Directors, Dr Keith Alexis Eustace Archibald’s passing. Dr Archibald passed away on 27th January 2021, in his beloved home country, St Kitts and Nevis.
Dr Archibald joined the CARDI family in January 2000 as the Chairman, Board of Directors, a position he held until 2005. During his tenure, he working tirelessly to highlight the importance of CARDI and sought to improve staff conditions. On his visits to CARDI offices, staff recalls an always jovial, humble and deeply caring person. Dr Archibald was always generous with his advice and never passed on an opportunity to tell a joke.
Even after leaving CARDI, he continued to champion the Institute and regional agriculture development. His book “My life in Agriculture” is regarded as an essential read for all Caribbean agriculture development students.
During his principal years, Dr Archibald was a lecturer at the Department of Livestock Science at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, from 1967 – 1985. On leaving the University he served as the Director of Agriculture, St Kitts and Nevis.
Dr Archibald was the recipient of many awards. In 2005, the Order of the British Empire (OBE) was conferred to him for his contributions and achievements in agriculture.
Dr Archibald served in many positions during his career and to all of them he carried his jovial spirit and enriched the lives of those he encountered. He has indeed left a lasting legacy. It was a privilege to have him serve as CARDI Chairman – his dedication and unwavering optimism will always be remembered.
On behalf of the CARDI family, we wish to express heartfelt condolences to his children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.