|Born July 4, 1935, Sir Paul Scoon received his early education at St. John’s Anglican School, and then at the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School. Upon graduating, Sir Paul Scoon studied as an external student of London University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended the Institute of Education at Leeds University, and the University of Toronto where he obtained his Master of Education degree. Sir Paul Scoon taught at the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School where he was also the Master-in-Charge of the School’s 52 boarders. |
He served as Chief Education Officer, and as Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office before attaining the post of Secretary of the Cabinet in the Grenada Civil Service. In 1973, Sir Paul Scoon was seconded to the post of Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation in London. He left this position in 1978 to become the second Governor General of Grenada and was sworn in on October 4th of the same year. Sir Paul Scoon has been very active in community affairs and served on the Management Council of the Civil Service Association, the Grenada Library Committee, the Board of Governors of Grenada Teachers’ College, the Governing Body of the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School, the Prisons Visiting Committee, and the Grenada Board of Education. He was co-founder and president of the Secondary School Teachers’ Association (The Association of Masters and Mistresses). He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Centre for International Briefing at Farnham Castel in Great Britain.
Sir Paul Scoon was married on June 27, 1970 to Mrs. Esmai McNeilly (nee Lumsden), now deceased. He has three stepchildren. Sir Paul Scoon’s appointment as Governor General was in recognition of a distinguished career both as a civil servant and a leading developer of the educational system in his homeland. No one could have foreseen that by the time Sir Paul Scoon resigned, he would have worked alongside six Heads of Government and established an Interim Government in a lead up to elections. No one could have envisioned that this flourishing democracy with its growing economy would endure a coup d’état; rule by Revolutionary Military Council; the death in office of a serving Prime Minister; the execution of another Prime Minister and 17 of his political supporters; and an intervention at the height of the Cold War in the United States under President Ronald Reagan into Grenada’s affairs, which brought the region to its most dangerous confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis.