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Victorine Viola Burnham (née Harper)

The University has learnt, with regret, of the death of Viola Burnham on Friday, October 10 in a Miami hospital after a long illness. A graduate of this University, she was awarded a BA in Latin in 1958.

Viola Burnham achieved notable success in Guyana in a wide variety of careers and accomplishments. She was a teacher, scholar, journalist, leader in the women's movement, farmer, minister of government, and devoted wife, mother, relative and friend. The wife of Guyana's first Prime Minister and Executive President, she gave support and advice to her husband in his career.

She was the recipient of many awards, including Guyana's Order of Roraima.

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