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Dr. Lutchminarine Chatergoon

Sunrise – 1st June, 1951
Sunset – 21st December, 2023

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Lutchminarine Chatergoon

Dr. Chatergoon, a founding father of the Chemistry Department at the University of the West Indies, embarked on a journey marked by relentless pursuit and remarkable achievement. His groundbreaking research on the country’s natural pitch illuminated paths previously unexplored, contributing significantly to our scientific community and beyond. This work, a testament to his intellectual rigor and innovative thinking, placed our university on the global map of scientific research.

But the measure of a man is not only in his professional successes. Dr. Chatergoon’s legacy is rich with the compassion and generosity he extended towards his students and colleagues. His belief in the power of education was not just theoretical; it was practical and heartfelt. He often reached into his own pockets to ensure that no student’s potential was hindered by their financial circumstances. This selfless act of giving has shaped the lives of countless individuals who passed through these halls.

His dedication to teaching was unparalleled. Each lecture was not just a transfer of knowledge but a spark of inspiration. He nurtured curiosity, encouraged questioning, and fostered a learning environment where minds were opened, and futures were made.

Dr. Chatergoon’s life was a beacon of dedication, not only to chemistry but to the betterment of humanity. He taught us that the pursuit of knowledge is not just for personal gain but for the upliftment of society. His contributions reached far beyond the confines of the laboratory and the classroom, touching lives in profound ways.

Let us remember Dr. Chatergoon not just for his achievements but for the humility with which he carried them. He walked among us not as a figure to be revered from afar, but as a mentor, a colleague, a friend, and to many, a family.

In celebrating his life, we reaffirm our commitment to the ideals he embodied: the relentless pursuit of knowledge, the importance of nurturing potential, and the unyielding belief in the power of education. Dr. Chatergoon’s legacy will continue to inspire current and future generations, serving as a guiding light in the endless quest for understanding and improvement.

Let us hold dear the memories and lessons he imparted, and let his spirit continue to live on through our actions and endeavors. Dr. Lutchminarine Chatergoon, your journey through life was a remarkable one, and your footprints will forever be etched in the sands of time.

Please join us for a celebration of his life at

Belgrove’s Memorial Centre, #10 Orange Grove Road, Trincity

Date: Sunday 24th December 2023

Service starts: 11:00 AM

Cremation: 12:00 PM

We invite you to leave pictures / videos below in the comments highlighting your favourite memory with Dr. Lutchminarine Chatergoon.


  • Shahida Phillip
    Posted December 22, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    An extraordinary man, with a warm heart. I remember I was welcomed into his home for Divali and I was treated with kindness and respect by his wonderful family. Rest in Peace Dr. Chatergoon!

  • Roger Leong Sem
    Posted December 26, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Dr. Chatergoon was my lecturer at UWI Analytical Chemistry in the 1985-86 term, and together with Dr. Chang-Yen. provided me with a strong and invaluable foundation for my career. He was also the supervisor of my final year thesis, and gave me tremendous support and encouragement. I will remember him for his meticulousness, insight and humour. May you find peace as you embark on your final journey, Dr. Chatergoon.

  • Dr. Neela Badrie (Professor)
    Posted January 11, 2024 at 6:20 pm

    I had either supervised or co-supervised several UWI Analytical Chemistry final year projects at the Department of Chemistry with Dr Chatergoon and Dr. Chang-Yen, some of which were later published in journals. Dr. Chatergoon made me be feel very comfortable as at that time, I had recently joined the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus as a lecturer. He encouraged and supported the research students, and was jovial.
    The Bhagavad Gita says that the body’s destiny is to die. The soul, however, must continue with its journey in the desire to attain Nirvana (end of the reincarnation cycle),
    May Lord Krishna continue to grant the family strength.

  • Kameel Khan
    Posted January 21, 2024 at 9:05 am

    I got to know Lutchminarine at Naparima College, we lost contact over the years but I will always remember him as a fun loving person with a great sense of humor, rest in eternal peace my Naps brother. Sincere condolences to his family.

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