On This Day … 01 January

People (Deaths)

  • 2020 – Elmira Minita Gordon, Belizean educator and psychologist (b.1930).

Elmira Minita Gordon

Dame Elmira Minita Gordon GCMG GCVO JP (30 December 1930 to 01 January 2021) was a Belizean educator, psychologist and politician; she served as the first governor general of Belize from its independence in 1981 until 1993.

She was the first Belizean to receive a doctorate in psychology. She is one of the few “double dames”, having received damehoods in two separate orders: the Order of St Michael and St George and the Royal Victorian Order.