Dr. Donatus Keith St Aimee
Former Saint Lucian Ambassador to the United Nations
Dr. Donatus Keith St Aimee was a Saint Lucian politician and former UN Ambassador.
Early life and education
Donatus Keith St Aimee was born on 22 April 1944 in Laborie, Saint Lucia. He holds a certificate in agriculture from Florida A&M University and two degrees in marine biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey. He also holds a diploma in international relations from University of the West Indies, Trinidad, and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from the City University of New York.
Trained in Marine Biology and in International Relations, Dr. St. Aimee served as a teacher, civil servant and diplomat, with postings in Castries, Port of Spain and New York. He was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations on 7 May 2008. St. Aimee began his diplomatic career in 1980, as a Foreign Service Officer with the Ministry of External Affairs. In 1982, he was made Chargé d’affaires at the Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the United States of America, a position he held until 1985. While at the United Nations, he served as Vice President of the Economic and Social Council.
Following that he served as an international civil servant for 19 years with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). From 1985 to 1996, he was Secretary to the Commission’s Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee, and from 1996 to 2004, to the Commission’s Caribbean Council for Science and Technology.
He has held two teaching posts, including as a graduate teacher at Vieux Port Senior Secondary School, Saint Lucia, from 1976 to 1978, and research assistant at the College of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, from 1974 to 1976. From 1962 to 1969, St. Aimee worked at the Saint Lucia Ministry of Agriculture as an Agricultural Extension Officer.
St. Aimee was the United Workers Party’s Laborie candidate in the 2006 General Elections.
Dr. St. Aimee was married to Joan Keenan-St. Aimee and the father of four – two daughters (Marilyn Alexander and Romelia Sophia Gervais-Brown) and two sons (Alexander Danny Joyeux and Terry Jn Baptiste).
Dr. St. Aimee passed away on Thursday, 9 April 2015 after a brief illness. He was 70 years old. His body was laid to rest on Friday, 24 April 2015 at the Michael O’Brian Private Cemetery, La Tourney, Vieux- Fort after a funeral service at the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Roman Catholic Church, Laborie, Saint Lucia.