Sir Frederick 'Fred' Albert Phillips, CVO. QC
Former Governor of St. Kitts and Nevis
Sir Frederick 'Fred' Albert Phillips was the Governor of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla from 1967 to 1969.
Early life and edcuation
Sir Frederick 'Fred' Albert Phillips was born on 14 May 1918 in Brighton, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He was the son of Wilbert Augustus and Edith Ophelia (Charles) Phillips.
Sir Fred held a Bachelor of Laws from the University London (1957); and a a Master of Civil Law from McGill University of Canberra (1968).
Sir Fred was a barrister at law and Queen’s Counsel who practiced in Civil Litigation, Contract Law, Banking and Constitutional Law.
He became the first black Governor of what was then St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla on the attainment of Statehood on 27 February 1967 and served until 1969. Prior to serving as Governor, he served as Administrator from 1966 to 1967 when he succeeded Henry Howard.
Sir Fred was also Cabinet Secretary of the West Indies Federation from 1960 to 1962, Senior Assistant Registrar at the University of the West Indies from 1966 and 1967. He was also chairman of the US Agency for International Development of Agricultural Venture Trust until 1986.
He also worked as a legal advisor to Cable and Wireless, chaired the Grenada Telecommunications Limited, Telecoms of Dominica, Jamaica Telephone Company; and was former director of Barbados External Telecommunications, Barbados Telephone Company, and St Kitts and Nevis Telecommunications Limited.
Sir Fred was also a consultant to Richards and Associates Law firm in Antigua and, in 1999, was appointed Chairman to the Constitution Review Commission charged with the responsibility of examining the 1981 Constitution and other laws of Antigua & Barbuda.
Described as a “prolific writer,” Sir Fred penned eight books and wrote chapters in other books, mainly focusing on Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics, while at the time of his death he was writing a memoir and preparing second editions for at least two of his books.
Among the works of the Vincentian-born author are: West Indian Constitutions Post Independence Reform; Caribbean Life and Culture — A citizen reflects; The Evolving Legal Profession in the Commonwealth; The Death Penalty and Human Rights; Freedom in the Caribbean — A Study of Constitutional Change; and Commonwealth Law Series — Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutional Law. He also wrote chapter 20 of the 2010 publication of the book, Judicial House of Lords 1879 to 2009, which is titled Reflection From The New Commonwealth.
Honours and awards
He was made a Decorated Commander of Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 1966; and a Knight Bachelor in 1967.
In 1989, he was awarded a Doctor of Laws (honorary) from the University of West Indies, Jamaica.
Sir Fred was married to Lady Gloria Phillips.
He was a high-ranking Freemason, and a representative of the Rose Croix.
Sir Fred died at his home in Hodges Bay, Antigua on 20 February 2011 after a long illness at the age of 92. His body was laid to rest on March 4 at Spring Gardens Moravian Church after an Official Funeral.