Happy Birthday Phillip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson


Phillip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson (July 25, 1923-October 3, 2001) was a Belizean newspaper editor, activist and politician. He served in the House of Representatives of Belize as member for the Albert Division from 1961 to 1998 and twice as a Minister. He was a founding member of the People’s United Party (PUP), National Independence Party (NIP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and National Alliance for Belizean Rights (NABR).

Goldson was born in Belize City to Peter Edward Goldson and Florence Babb and attended St. Mary’s Primary School. Although he never had an opportunity to go to high school he studied at night and succeeded in obtaining the Cambridge University Overseas Junior Certificate in 1939 and the Senior School Certificate in 1941. For much of the early 1940s he participated in the Open Forum movement featuring George Price and Leigh Richardson as well as older activists such as Clifford Betson and Antonio Soberanis. But his main job was as editor of the Belize Billboard.

When a terminal building was to be built at the International Airport, the Prime Minister and Cabinet decided to rename the facility the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport.

In September 2001, he was presented with the Order of Belize and in October 2001 was buried with a state funeral. In September 2008, Goldson was posthumously awarded with the country’s highest honor given to a Belizean, the Order of National Hero.

Article on Mr. Goldson


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