July 12, 2022
Norma “Lady Blackman” Astwood
Educator, Psychologist; Senator
1932 - Present
Lady Blackman, who is perhaps better known as Dr. Norma Astwood, started out as a teacher, but her fascination with psychology led her to embark on a second career. After years of study, she obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University, New York.
From 1973 to 1974, she was a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Harvard University Medical School. She then returned to Bermuda to take up the post of Schools Psychologist. She rose up through the ranks in the Civil Service to become Director of Social Services.
Her community work has been extensive: she has served on government boards, non-profit organisations and overseas institutions, among them the Salvation Army’s Booth College.
She was an Independent Senator from 1987 to 1996, and was Senate Vice-President from 1988 to 1996, the first female to serve in that position.
Born Norma Cox, she was married to the late Leonard Astwood Sr., with whom she had three children. She has been married to Sir Frank Blackman of Barbados since 1995.