PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- William Demas, the Caribbean
Community's first secretary-general, who helped lay the groundwork for
stable economies after centuries of British rule, has died. He was 69.
The Caribbean Community secretariat said Demas died Saturday of renal
failure at St. Clair Medical Center in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where he was
being treated for diabetes.
His death came hours after the death of Kurleigh King, who led the trade
group from 1978 to 1983, in Iowa, on Friday.
Both men helped the collection of English-speaking states weather
Demas, a Trinidadian economist, headed the Caribbean Free Trade Area
beginning in 1970 and was the first leader of the group's successor, the
15-member Caribbean Community, which was formed in 1973. He left the
position in 1974.
Demas helped form the Caribbean Development Bank and was a former
chief of Trinidad and Tobago's central bank. He presided over the July 1973
signing in Trinidad of the Treaty of Chaguaramas that formed the Caribbean
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