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UVI Mourns the Loss of Former Senator and Radio Show Host Holland Redfield

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) joins the Virgin Islands community in mourning the passing of Holland L. Redfield II, six-term senator, radio show host, humanitarian and advocate of the University. In recognition of his decades of service to the Virgin Islands community, in particular his efforts to support St. Croix after the 2017 hurricanes, UVI awarded Redfield an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2018.  

“Senator Redfield’s voice in our community will be sorely missed,” said UVI President, Dr. David Hall. “During and after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, not only did he provide critical, lifesaving information to the public, but he brought solace and encouragement to everyone in a time of despair. Senator Redfield always provided a platform for UVI to share important news and I personally enjoyed participating in his radio program over the years, speaking with him about issues concerning the prosperity of our islands and above all listening to his ideas and insights. On behalf of the UVI community, I extend my sincere condolences to Senator Redfield’s family and to all who hold him dear.” 

Redfield became an active part of the community since his arrival on St. Croix in 1969. He launched his public career as a campaign aide to Governor Cyril E. King in 1974. His interest in consumer issues led to his appointment as chairman of the Public Services Commission. In this position, he distinguished himself by decreasing long-distance telephone and potable water rates in the Virgin Islands. Redfield also served as a senator in the VI Legislature for six terms during the period of 1984 to 1998. During his service in the Legislature, he worked to positively affect public policy matters and remained a staunch consumer advocate dedicated to keeping money in the pockets of Virgin Islanders and supporting economic development throughout the community. Redfield also served as the National Committeeman of the Republican Party of the Territory and was elected chair of the Island Caucus. He also spearheaded and received national recognition for the election of the first African American National Chairman of the Republican Party.  

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI - and from this direct link.