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Local education icon Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering passes

Local education icon Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering died on Friday, November 24, 2023. Photo: Team of Reporters
Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering, seen here with Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), was one of the local education stalwarts honoured for Heroes and Foreparents’ Day on October 16, 2023. Photo: GIS
Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering, seen here with Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), was one of the local education stalwarts honoured for Heroes and Foreparents’ Day on October 16, 2023. Photo: GIS
Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering was a retired university professor and a proud alumna of the Virgin Islands Secondary School in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering was a retired university professor and a proud alumna of the Virgin Islands Secondary School in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
FORT HILL, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our newsroom is that another education pioneer and icon has died. Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering transitioned at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida, USA on Friday, November 24, 2023, following what is believed to be injuries sustained after an auto accident.

She died at age 81, having been born on August 14, 1942, in Tortola.

She was married to the late Henry Pickering. 

Life committed to service

Dr Hodge-Pickering was a retired university professor and a proud alumna of the Virgin Islands Secondary School in Road Town. She began her career as a business teacher of Typing, Shorthand and Office Procedures at the then BVI High School in the 1970s where she helped many students at the time gain valuable skills, especially young ladies. Dr Hodge-Pickering’s educational career spanned 40 years and brought her, students, and her colleagues great joy and fulfillment.

She served as a Business Education Teacher for seven years and headed the Business Education Department at the then BVI High School for three years. During her career, she also served as a senior Business Teacher at the Charlotte Amalie High School on St Thomas, and then as an Instructor and Assistant Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) for 22 years with most of that time spent on St Croix, USVI, before returning back to her homeland, the [British] Virgin Islands.

The late Dr Hodge-Pickering, an indigenous Virgin Islander, served as the Chairperson of the VI Teaching Service Commission for 11 years and as a Board Member for the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College for some five years.

She was honoured last month by the Government of the Virgin Islands among others for her commitment to education. In her biography at the event, it was noted that Dr Pickering thrived on the notion taken from a song that states, “If I can help somebody, then my living will not be in vain”.

She touched many lives & was praised as a trailblazer 

In reflecting on her educational career, the now deceased Dr Hodge-Pickering viewed her role as that of facilitator of a learning environment where students could develop and grow.

As of today many of her former students both from her time at the Secondary School on Tortola and students from the UVI still speak fondly of her and the role she played in their lives and educational career. The late Dr Hodge-Pickering had no children but treated many persons as her own children and was also known for her fashion styles, high professional standards, and her warm and engaging personality.

The deceased developed many friendships with her students and even before her passing was still regarded as a mentor to many of them, as most of the residents' lives she touched through her education service still play prominent roles in both the VI and  USVI to this day.

The staff and management of Virgin Islands News Online offer condolences to the immediate family and other loved ones of the late Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering.

23 Responses to “Local education icon Dr Lydia Hodge-Pickering passes”

  • uvi (26/11/2023, 16:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh NO! Rest my dear teacher
  • Faith Maduro-Powell (26/11/2023, 16:16) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    She was one of my favorite teachers at the then BVI High School in the 70s, Mrs. Lydia Georges, She was such a sweet, beautiful lady. She never forgot her students names or faces. We will miss that beautiful smile.
  • Fam (26/11/2023, 16:17) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a big lost rip
  • RIP Ms. Lydia (26/11/2023, 16:20) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will treasure you always. You motivated others and greeted with your lovely smile.
  • Norris (26/11/2023, 16:31) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos to vino for always highlighting out people. She tight me at uvi what a good soul rest sister
  • Oh No (26/11/2023, 16:53) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Virgin Islands has lost a real jewel she was as real as real can get.
  • Fam (26/11/2023, 17:16) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh no a tragic way to died but she touched many lives
  • The Legend (26/11/2023, 18:44) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was able to Speak with Lydia Two Weeks ago inside of Banco Popular..And not knowing that would have been
    Our Last Conversation.. As She..Asked.. Me .."How are you doing".. Long Time No See...And My Whimsical response was..
    "I am Undoing"... She Smiled and said ..I remember you in My "Typing Class".. And you were always The Philosopher....Now I am Wondering if I was Actually being Prophetic.???!!..Our Legends and Our Icons.. Who are.. Stepping up to Replace Them...
  • WOW (26/11/2023, 18:52) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice lady RIP
  • Kris (26/11/2023, 19:54) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIp çlassmate.missing you.
  • lodger (26/11/2023, 20:19) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another of our people have gone to rest
  • Nice Lady (27/11/2023, 01:24) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    They don't come no better than Lydia. Always sweet and pleasant. RIP.
  • former student (27/11/2023, 08:21) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lady Lydia was a most amazing educator her passing is another sad moment for both Virgin Islands, she was yet another phenomenal woman as being in her presence was being around a leader and woman of class. Rest in power
  • Interested (27/11/2023, 09:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another icon in the field of education has passed to her rest.
    May she sleep on until the blessed resurrection.
  • Horace watson (27/11/2023, 09:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    She were a granmother to me and my family ,and a mentore to my kids. Sadly miss
  • Kaka (27/11/2023, 12:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I write this with tears in my eyes . just two weeks ago we met by Mac restaurant .Hughed each other planned a lunch date that will never happened again.she was a sweet person all willing to help. Sleep well Teacher Lydia u will be greatly missed.
  • Jane (27/11/2023, 13:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Pickering was a really nice lady. My condolences to her family.
  • guy hill (27/11/2023, 18:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to her entire family.  We had our conversations whenever we meet. Down to earth and real. Positive level vibes.  We always parted telling each other  I love you. Rest easy my friend and mentor. Love alone.
  • Xxx (28/11/2023, 06:43) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I give thanks and gratitude for the life of Dr pickering and to all of our teachers who are the true heroes trying their utmost best to navigate through the ongoing challenges of constant changes. This was a life well lived
  • Sweet Sweet Lady (28/11/2023, 09:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I recall when I was in Typing at the then BVI High School and a particular teacher gave away all the students who she did not like to the new kid on the block...Dr. Lydia Hodge Pickering, who was just coming out of UVI. Well let me tell you that was the best thing that happened to us, the underdogs. Dr. Pickering picked us up and ran with us. She was the GREATEST TEACHER EVER! We all shone under her tutelage and excelled in typing. I credit her for my success today and may her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.

    Had the privilege of running into her two weeks ago and she never forgot her students. She will forever live on in my heart!
  • Hibiscus (06/12/2023, 20:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr Puckering was a very sweet person. She always had a smile and a kind word.
  • Dr Peter Simmons (28/12/2023, 19:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lydia was my student when she achieved her Doctorate in Business. She was one heck of a lady—she loved her students, her family and her homeland! Her dissertation was on how to make Tortola a better place based on survey data. We became good friends after her graduation. I saw her often (in Fl and/or Tortola). She was a wonder! Love always!

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