Well-known environmentalist Professor Julian Stanley "Jake" Kenny died yesterday after a short illness.He was 81.He died at his home at Pineapple Place, Haleland Park, Maraval, around noon.A relative said Kenny had two children and two grandchildren.She refused to divulge more about his illness and said funeral arrangements would be announced at a later date.Kenny was a retired professor of zoology at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus, and a former Independent senator.He was also a columnist with the Trinidad Express.His last column was published on Tuesday.Kenny was in the spotlight a few months ago when he resigned as chairman of the Environmental Management Authority.He was appointed chairman by the People's Partnership Government, a position which he held for about six months.
Kenny said he had resigned because of the Government's failure to reinstate the original Certificate of Environmental Clearance rules which governed quarrying.He was awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold) for environment conservation at last year's National Awards on Independence Day.He was born in 1930 in Woodbrook and educated at the Belmont Intermediate School and St Mary's College, Port-of-Spain.After retiring from the Department of Biological Sciences at the UWI, Kenny served as chairman of the Trustees of the Guardian Life Wildlife Fund.From 1995 to 2001, he served as an Independent senator.He also wrote a book-Orchids of Trinidad and Tobago-out of his love for orchids.
Moonilal pays tributeto Ex-EMA head
Housing and the Environment Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal has said he was shocked when informed of the passing away of former chairman of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) Professor Julian Kenny.Kenny, a former Independent senator, died at his Maraval home yesterday, after a brief illness. In his brief comments on Kenny's passing yesterday, Moonilal said Kenny had "left and indelible mark on our social and environmental landscape."Moonilal said Professor Kenny's "work and advice will continue to inspire and guide us."