Sir (Oshely) Roy Marshall was born on October 21, 1920. He was one of 6 children who lost their father when Roy was 10 years old. His mother Korine worked tirelessly to support and allow the family to thrive.
He was educated at Harrison College, where he won the Barbados Scholarship in 1938. His further education was delayed through illness and World War 11 and it was not until 1942 that he entered Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took a Bachelor of Arts degree with first class honours in 1945. He took a master’s in 1948 and was awarded a doctorate from University College, London in the same year. He was called to the Bar of the Inner Temple in 1947.
From 1946 until 1969, Sir Roy taught law full-time:from 1946 until 1956 as assistant lecturer and then lecturer at University College, London; from 1956 until 1963, and 1965 until 1969 as professor of law at the University of Sheffield;andfrom1963 until 1965 as professor of law at the University of Ife in Nigeria,
He was a constitutional advisor to the Government of Barbados at the Independence Talks with the United Kingdom in 1966 and one of the Law Revision commissioners responsible for the edition of laws published in 1974. In 1979, he drafted a comprehensive package of statutes on property and related matters for the island.
In 1969,he began a new career in university administration, becoming vice-chancellor of the UWI and served until 1977. He was also secretary general of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the United Kingdom Universities from 1974 to 1979 and Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull from 1979 to 1985.
After retirement, he entered yet another field, serving as High Commissioner for Barbados in London from 1989 to 1991. He served as Chair of the Commission for Law and Order appointed by the Government. At Cave Hill, the campus’ principal teaching facility is named the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex in his honour.