The Office of the President notes with sadness the passing of former long-standing Independent Senator (1976-1991) Louise Horne. Grief is however tempered by the knowledge that Ms. Horne lived a long, productive life in service to her country.

Ms. Horne, a University of Edinburgh-trained nutritionist by profession, is credited with conceptualising this country’s School Feeding Programme. She is also remembered for numerous charitable works with organisations such as the Coterie of Social Workers, the Blind Welfare Association and the Arima Historical Society. A lifelong resident of the Royal Chartered Borough of Arima, Ms. Horne lived almost all her years in her family home at Lopez Street surrounded by her beloved plants and the many mementoes of her extraordinary life.

A deeply religious woman, Louise Horne was named a Lady of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II, an honour which entitled her to be called Dame.

Fittingly, Louise Horne was also awarded the Trinidad and Tobago Public Service Medal of Merit Gold in 1972 in the spheres of Dietetics and Community Service thus becoming a Member of the Distinguised Society of Trinidad and Tobago.

On behalf of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and on her own behalf, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago offers her sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Louise Horne.

May she rest in eternal peace.

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