George Odlum

George Odlum

Saint Lucian Diplomat
Born Jun 24, 1934

George William Odlum was a Saint Lucian left-wing politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Born in Castries, Odlum studied at Bristol University and Oxford University in the United Kingdom before returning to Saint Lucia as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Trade. After working for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the West Indies Associated States, he formed the Saint Lucia Forum, a left-wing pressure group.… Read More

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1934 Birth Odlum was born on 24 June 1934 in Castries, the son of a barber. … Read More


1961 27 Years Old After graduating from Oxford he returned to St Lucia in 1961, becoming a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade.


1964 30 Years Old He moved back to the United Kingdom in 1964 to work as an economist in the Commonwealth Secretariat, leaving 3 years later. … Read More
1972 38 Years Old In 1972 Odlum left his job with the Council of Ministers to form the St Lucia Action Movement, which later merged with a weakened Labour Party in time for the 1974 general election. … Read More


1974 40 Years Old His work in the 1974 election, along with his "good looks and charisma", yielded a safe seat in Castries, which he allowed his brother to run for. … Read More
1980 46 Years Old …  A second proposal that Louisy resign was rejected on 30 December 1980, with the power struggle continuing despite his agreement to hand over some of his portfolios.
1981 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The dispute continued into 1981, with Odlum attracting controversy by announcing on 3 March that he had not ignored the possibility of his grouping within the Labour Party splitting and joining the United Workers Party.
1982 48 Years Old Louisy was succeeded not by Odlum, but by Winston Cenac, who himself resigned eight months later on 16 January 1982. … Read More


1987 53 Years Old Now outside Parliament, Odlum maintained his presence in the public eye through meetings and the work of his newspaper, The Crusader. His revenge over the Labour Party finally occurred during the 1987 general election, when the PLP split the vote and denied his old allies victory.


1995 61 Years Old In 1995 he accepted the position of Ambassador to the United Nations from Compton, his old enemy, holding it for only a year.
1996 62 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In opposition, Odlum was made Ambassador to the United Nations, resigning in 1996. … Read More
1997 63 Years Old 1 More Event
After again allying with the Labour Party in 1997, Odlum was returned to Parliament, receiving appointment as Foreign Minister in the government of Kenny Anthony. … Read More
Amidst controversy over his alleged alliance with the opposition, Odlum resigned in 2001.
2002 68 Years Old Odlum attracted controversy in November 2002 when he spoke at the funeral service for Antiguan politician Tim Hector. … Read More
2003 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Following a long fight against cancer, spending most of the last year of his life in and out of hospital, Odlum died on 28 September 2003 in Tapion Hospital, Castries, aged 69. … Read More
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