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UPDATE: Memorial Services announced for the late Dr. Pearl L. Varlack

- Memorial services will be held for the education stalwart in St. Thomas and Tortola
Prominent Virgin Islander and daughter of Anegada Dr. Pearl Lanthe Varlack died on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Brooklyn Hospital, New York following a brief illness. She was 79 years of age. Dr. Varlack is known for her work at the University of the Virgin Islands, USVI in the field of Education. She was buried on April 23, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two public memorial services have been announced for the late prominent indigenous Virgin Islander and Educator Dr. Pearl Lanthe Varlack.

Dr. Varlack, who is from the sister island of Anegada, died on Friday April 12, 2013 in a Brooklyn Hospital in New York City after a brief illness. She was 79 years of age.

She was buried on April 23, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY.

Speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online, a family spokeswoman advised us that that the memorial services for Dr. Varlack are as follows: St. Thomas, USVI, Friday May 24, 2013 at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Sugar Estate at 10 A.M; and on Tortola, VI, the service will take place on Monday May 27, 2013 at St. George's Anglican Church in Road Town at 11 A.M.

The family member also stated that persons wishing to submit tributes may do so to: eistevens@yahoo.com by May 16, 2013.

In a statement that came days after the stalwart’s passing, Virgin Islands Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith said he joined the Territory in recognizing the legacy of the late Dr. Varlack.

Dr Smith said, “I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Dr. Varlack, personally as a friend. Dr. Varlack never failed to let you know where she stood on a topic. She loved freedom of expression and always shared with others the importance of speaking responsibly and respectfully”.

Premier Smith, on behalf of his family and the people of the Virgin Islands said, “I say farewell to an educational hero and extend our deepest sympathy to her bereaved family.”

Virgin Islands News Online was the first to break the news of the passing of the well respected educator, Dr. Varlack.

See previous article posted on April 17, 2013

Prominent VIslander Dr. Pearl L. Varlack has died

Prominent indigenous Virgin Islander and Educator Dr. Pearl Lanthe Varlax has died.

Dr. Varlack, who is from the sister island of Anegada, died on Friday April 12, 2013 at approximately 5 P.M. at Brooklyn Hospital in New York City after a brief illness, according to this news site’s New York correspondence and a close family member. She was 79 years of age.

The Funeral Service for Dr. Varlack will be held on April 23, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. According to a niece of the deceased, a memorial service will also be held in the Virgin Islands at a date and time yet to be announced.

Dr. Varlack was one of the early members of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s Board of Governors. As founding trustee of the Frederick Pickering Memorial Foundation, she was also its executive director for ten years.

Established in 1984, the Frederick Pickering Memorial Foundation is committed to the promotion of the study of the economics, social history, education and politics of the Virgin Islands, the support and conduct of research and the publication of such findings, and the facilitation of lectures and workshops to further its aims.

While in St. Thomas, USVI she was among the founding members of the League of British Virgin Islanders and she also served on the Anegada Lands Committee.

The prominent Virgin Islander was also Elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. She was also a member of Pi Lambda Theta.

In her long list of academic works she published The Virgin Islands Story with Dr. Norwell Harrigan in 1975- the first comprehensive history of the Virgin Islands (now out of print). Dr Varlack has authored many other articles on Virgin Islands history and a monograph on teacher education, ‘Beyond the Carbon Copy’.

She has co-authored booklets on the history of the VI and USVI and before her retirement she served as a Professor of Education at the University of the Virgin Islands, USVI.

More Background on Dr. Varlack

Born and raised on Anegada, Dr. Varlack was the last of six children of Anna and Ludwick Varlack. She began her career in education as a pupil teacher in 1947. Following her graduation from the St. Kitts-Nevis Girls' High School in 1950, her employment over the next 18 years ranged from assistant teacher and head teacher/principal in Anegada and Road Town Schools to Supervisor of Primary Schools (acting) and teacher in the Virgin Islands Secondary School.

During this period she earned a First Class certificate from Erdiston College (Barbados), the Professional Certificate in Education from the University of the West Indies, and a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from Inter American University of Puerto Rico. For a few of these years she was the elected representative of the Teachers Association on the Board of Education.

Relocating to St Thomas in 1968, Dr Varlack joined the faculty of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) after two years as an associate in its Caribbean Research Institute, assisting in examining the relationships between the Virgin Islands and the United States Virgin Islands. During her tenure at University of the Virgin Islands, Dr Varlack earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in Social and Personality Psychology from the New School for Social Research and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education and Educational Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

At UVI, she progressed to the rank of Professor of Education and chaired the Division of Education for 10 years on an intermittent basis. In this last position she served on a Commission on Education established and charged by statute with evaluating the public school system of the USVI. On retirement in 1999, 'the distinguished status of Professor Emeritus' was 'conveyed upon' her in appreciation of her service to the university.

The Board of Directors, Management and staff of Virgin Islands News Online express our condolences to her family. 

33 Responses to “UPDATE: Memorial Services announced for the late Dr. Pearl L. Varlack”

  • RIP Dr. Varlack (17/04/2013, 14:03) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    She was a wonderful being...sleep on my sister
  • ccc (17/04/2013, 14:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no nice lady RIP
    • cleve (17/04/2013, 23:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The BVI and USVI, and indeed the Caribbean, has lost a woman who, throughout her life, has been a valuable contributor to local and educational efforts to improve the well-being of those whom she taught...RIP Dear professor.
  • Just saying.... (17/04/2013, 15:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow nice piece vino she lived a full life RIP
    • TCI (18/04/2013, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      My condolescences to the family, any loss of life is hard, especially our loves ones
  • bvi (17/04/2013, 15:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a serious lost to education in the greater virgin islands
  • Lb (17/04/2013, 15:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    RIP to this powerful sister
    • x factor (18/04/2013, 00:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The legacy left by Dr. Pearl Varlack will surely never be forgotten
  • mother hen (17/04/2013, 16:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh no.!!.
    • Janet Williams (17/04/2013, 18:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I personally know Pearl and not only is she a fine individual worthy of emulating; she was also an extremely intelligent individual and made significant contributions to our culture and history.

      RIP
  • DADDY FRIDAY (17/04/2013, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My sincere condolences.
  • My sympathy (17/04/2013, 17:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Varlack in education and also was fortunate to receive her tutelage in education. A remarkable, straight forward and brilliant person. She will certainly be missed. She has left her footprints in education in both Virgin Islands. May her soul rest in peace.
  • ausar (17/04/2013, 17:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have truly lost a giant in the area of education. Her passion for the upward mobility of education in all of the Virgin Islands-US and UK- were profound.

    I was privileged to have met and been engaged in the presence of such a lady.

    May she rest in peace.
  • Mandingo (17/04/2013, 19:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    She was a giant. That pic is soooo lovely. Rest on my daughter Rest on. May your family be comforted by Jehovah God in this trying time.
  • i'm sad (17/04/2013, 20:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    that was my great aunt
  • Daughter of the soil (17/04/2013, 21:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I had the privilege of attending a lecture given by the late Dr. Varlack. She personified knowledge of Virgin Islands history. She did not lose the common touch or the sense of where she came from. She will be missed greatly!

    May Dr. Varlack's soul rest in eternal peace!
  • long look me come from (17/04/2013, 23:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    a good lady has passed on i hope they name a road or something on Anegada off her
  • Sahara Parlin (17/04/2013, 23:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    you mean this local lady died since Friday and Dr. Smith and them up and down with book for Thatcher and not a word about this great lady!!! I see how they think of our people
  • denise (18/04/2013, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a lost I am ging to look for her writings
  • one eye (18/04/2013, 12:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very sad. Rest in Peace Dr. Varlack
  • jj (18/04/2013, 20:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    gone but will never be forgotten....
  • Jones (19/04/2013, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sleep on sleep on until we meet in heaven
    • Edmund (20/04/2013, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dr. Varlack has a long history of being a first rated historian. She will certainly be missed in all academic circles especially on St. Thomas and regionally.

      I pray she RIP
  • the rock (19/04/2013, 13:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for bringing this to us VINO. I knew Dr. Varlack for years. She was a tower in the education field and has made significant contributions to UVI and education in both BVI and USVI. May she RIP
  • ALV (20/04/2013, 21:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Varlack taught us in Anegada Elementary school and I sat under her training as a Student teacher for three years. We loved her and the family dearly. Several of her siblings recently passed May God grant grace and comfort to her surviving sibling and her nieces and nephews. She was a truly remarkable educator!
  • school children (21/04/2013, 07:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The mis-education of our youths was a top priority for teacher pearl. It is imperative that we have a vibrant teacher training programme, as teacher pearl was a champion of that!
  • Release (11/05/2013, 19:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for this vino you are trulty the most up to date news site

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