DEd (honorary), We. Carolona University, 2003. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University West Indies, 2003.
Teacher, Mico Training College, 1936-1938; headmaster, Belle Castle All Age School, Port Antonio Upper School, Montego Bay Boys'School, 1952-1958; branch manager, Standard Life Insurance Company, 1960-1971; member, West Indies Federal Parliament, 1958-1962; unit manager, Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society, 1971-1981; branch manager, Alico Jamica, 1982-1991; minister of government, Jamaica, Kingston, 1972-1980; president of senate, Jamaica, 1989-1991; governor general, Jamaica, Kingston, since 1991.
He became a member of the parliament of the West Indies Federation in 1958, and then the independent Jamaican parliament as a Senator and a Member of the House of Representatives after 1962.
Married Ivy Sylvia Lucille Tai, July 22, 1939. Children: Howard Fits-Arthur, Richard Washington McDermott, Audrey Faith.