The Hon. Hector Lincoln Wynter, OJ

The Hon. Hector Wynter was born in Camaguey, Cuba, to parents Percival and Lola Maude Wynter on July 27, 1926. He attended Wolmers Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica. He subsequently went on to study Education at Havana University in Cuba and the University of London in England. He also studied Modern Language at Oxford University. He married Diana Ayee in 1970 and that union produced three children, Sara-Jean, Mark and Lincoln. 

A devoted educator and politician, the Hon. Hector Wynter spent the majority of his professional life in service to others. He began teaching in 1945, when he took on the role of Spanish language instructor at Calabar High School in Kingston. He remained at the school for four years and left in 1949. 
His next career move placed him at one of Jamaica’s most prestigious educational institutions, the University of the West Indies (UWI) as a lecturer in extra-mural studies in 1953. Two years later, he also took on the role of deputy registrar at the University. 
In 1962, Wynter entered politics, becoming a Senator in Parliament. His next political assignment was his 1965 appointment as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister on External Affairs. He remained secretary until 1967. 

Despite the detour in his journey, his commitment to nurturing the nation’s minds never wavered, and Wynter became Minister of State for Education (1967-1969) and Minister of State for Youth and Development (1969-1972). 

Wynter served on the boards of several institutions dedicated to education and national development. These include:

  • College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), now the University of Technology (UTech).
  • Institute of Jamaica
  • Jamaica National Heritage Trust
  • Social Development Commission

The Hon. Hector Wynter was awarded the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for his dedication to public service. He passed away on December 31, 2002.