The UWI community mourns the loss of beloved colleague, Marcia Erskine

by March 9, 2024

“Marcia Erskine was an integral member of The UWI family. Her sudden demise is an immeasurable loss.” These were among some of the sentiments expressed by colleagues upon hearing of the unexpected passing of Marcia Erskine, a Trinidadian-born UWI alumna and public relations maven.

At the time of her passing, on March 6, 2024, she was the managing director of her Kingston-based agency, Marcia Erskine and Associates, and a communication consultant to The UWI Office of the Vice-Chancellor.

An award-winning communicator for over 30 years, she held a distinguished career in both journalism and public relations in the private and public sectors.

Throughout her tenure, Mrs. Erskine leveraged her experience, expertise, and network as an editor and a columnist for several newspapers, magazines, and journals in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and internationally to support numerous high-profile activities for the University’s Regional Headquarters for close to two decades. 

Honouring Mrs. Erskine’s invaluable contributions, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI said, “on behalf of the entire University of the West Indies community and in particular the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, I offer heartfelt expressions of condolences. Marcia was the consummate professional who accomplished all that she did with grace, charm, efficiency, and seeming effortless ease. She was cherished by us all here at The UWI Regional Headquarters, and across the campuses. Marcia Erskine certainly left a distinct mark on both her profession and the institutions with which she collaborated. Her professionalism was exceptional, and her unique flair greatly enriched all that she undertook. She will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched.”

Condolences are extended on behalf of the regional university to Marcia’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.