The Caribbean immigrant community in New York is in mourning
One of its most prominent voices, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, a former Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations and a dentist for more than 60 years in New York City has died in Brooklyn.
Dr. Stanislaus served at the UN for about e decade in the 1990s and was known for his eloquence and dignity. As a Brooklyn resident he had formed close partnerships with many of New York’s political, economic and social elite, including the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and Mario Cuomo, Governor of the state of New York for a dozen years. The Grenadian had been ailing for some time.
His death was confirmed by Dr. Joseph Radix, a nephew.
“He passed away at a hospice in Brooklyn this morning,” said Dr. Radix, a prominent dentist whose wife, Sylvia Hinds-Radix is a New York State Appeal’s court justice. “Dr. Stanislaus was devoted to community service in New York, Grenada and the rest of the Caribbean and to the national development of his beloved Grenada as well as to the well-being of people of color, whether they were born in the U.S., the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa or elsewhere.”
The retired diplomat and health professional was in his 90s.
Lamuel A. Stanislaus, a retired dentist by profession and a retired UN diplomat by appointment, has served twice as Grenada’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Representative at the United Nations (1985-1990) and (1998-2004). Between these two appointments he served as Ambassador-at–Large and Deputy Permanent Representative for two years.
Born in Petite Martinique, Grenada, he was educated at Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (1933-1938) and Howard University, where he received the BS (summa cum laude) in 1948, and the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1953. He was engaged in the private practice of Dentistry in New York City for 32 years before going to the UN.
There, he became known as a seasoned, substantive and eloquent voice on behalf of his country, and on occasions when he was delegated to speak on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean countries (GRULAC).
The diplomat served for a year as a Vice-President of the UN General Assembly, during which he was appointed to act for a month in the absence of the President, receiving highest commendation for the conduct of the business of the General Assembly for that month.
Another highlight of his tenure was the persuasive statement made before the Decolonization Committee which resulted in the invitation to the then Chief Minister of Montserrat to come to the UN to plead his case for additional help for his volcanic ravaged island.
His legacy to his country, however, and to eleven other small Commonwealth countries at the United Nations is what is known as the Small States Joint Office at the UN, where the larger Commonwealth States have given well appointed shared offices to smaller Commonwealth States, rent free for the past twenty-five years and counting.
In commenting on the pioneering effort and the persuasive skills of the Ambassador from Grenada, which made the Joint Office possible, The New York Times recently referred to this unique arrangement as “The United States of Tiny”.
The recipient of numerous professional, civic and political awards, including the Insignia of Commander of the British Empire from her Majesty the Queen of England, (CBE), The Lifetime Achievement Award from the District Attorney of Brooklyn, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from St. George’s University and the Distinguished Service award from Brooklyn Historical Society. Dr. Stanislaus subscribes to the philosophy that awards, rewards and recognition are not necessary if one has done his duty to family and country.
Most importantly he is a family man, having been married for 63 years, and the father of five children and seven grandchildren.