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Barbara, Agathalocked

KUOM 1990

Born Zabbar, 11 March 1923; died 4 Feb. 2002

social/welfare worker; President of the Republic of Malta, 1982–87; Chairperson, The Samaritans – Malta, since 1988

Education

Government Grammar School

Career

ARP, 1940; Supervisor, Main Ammunition Depot, 1941–43. School teacher, 1944–46; entered politics, 1946; first woman Member of Parliament, 1947; became first woman Minister, in Labour Govt, 1955, as Minister of Education; also Minister of Educn, 1971–74; Minister of Labour, Culture, and Welfare, 1974–81. Was Acting Prime Minister of Malta on various occasions, and elected President of the Republic, 16 Feb. 1982. Patron: Ad Vitam St Michael’s Band Club, Zabbar; Malta-China Friendship and Cultural Soc.; Boy Scouts Assoc., Malta, 1982 (Thanks Badge, 1986). Hon. Life Mem., Council of Women, Malta, 1986. Official Rep., World Inst. of Achievement, USA, 1992. Hon. Mem., European Community of Journalists, 1979. Hon. Academician: Accademia Universale A. Magno, Prato, Italy; Eur. Acad. of Lit., Sci. and Arts, Naples. Hon. PhD Univ. of Beijing, China, 1984. Keys and Freedom of: Lahore, Buenos Aires, Lima, San José, Bogotà and Montevideo, 1986; Aden, 1987. GCStJ 1996. Coronation Medal, 1953; Malta GC 50th anniv. medal for service in civil defence, 1992; 75th anniv. medal of re-introduction of self-govt in Malta, 1996. Stara Planina, 1st cl. with ribbon (Bulgaria), 1983; Order of National Flag 1st Class (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), 1985; Hishan-e-Pakistan (Islamic Republic of Pakistan), 1986; Sceptre of Authority of the Incas (Peru), 1986

Recreations

Philately, classical and modern music

Address

Kenn Taghna, Wied Il-Ghajn Street, Zabbar, Republic of Malta