Alexander John Clark Horne
Former Cabinet Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Alexander John Clark Horne was a Vincentian politician and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Alexander John Clark Horne was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1942. After leaving the St Vincent Grammar School, Horne started his working life at the Barclays Bank where he moved through the ranks and served the bank in various countries around the region. On retirement from the bank, he became a businessman, following which he entered politics.
In his earlier years, he was a member of the ‘Bridge Boys’, a group of young men who hung out at the Back Street bridge over the North River in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was a Carnival enthusiast, an actor and a lover of theatre, and the history and heritage of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Horne represented West Kingstown from 1984 to 2001 for the New Democratic Party (NDP), when he lost to Rene Baptiste of the Unity Labour Party (ULP), which swept to office, ending the NDP’s 17-year management of the nation’s affairs.
During his time as a Member of Parliament, Horne served as a cabinet minister, with responsibilities for education, culture, and trade under then prime minister, Sir James Mitchell. Most notably, he served as Minister of Education from 1986 to 1997. It was under his term as Minister of Education that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College was conceptualized and phase 1 was completed. He also played an integral role in the implementation of the Student Loan Programme which assisted students of the poor and working class to pursue studies at university.
Horne was married to wife Jeanne, and was the father of five daughters,
Horne died at home in Cane Garden around 1:00 a.m on Monday, 22 April 2019. He was 76. He was accorded an Official Funeral on Friday, 3 May 2019 at the St. George’s Cathedral, Kingstown followed by internment in the churchyard.