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Notes (065) : Htay Lwin Nyo

by Hla Min
TRIBUTE TO Dr. HTAY LWIN NYO (ex-rit, ex-ucc)
Part-time Professor, EE, SJSU
(1951 July – 2000 April)

He was a genius, a researcher, a friend
Teaching was his passion to the very end
A jack of all trades, a doctorate of one
You name it, he knows it! there’s a lot he has done

Long ago he gave away a patent for a dollar
With a heart so big and true, real worthy of a scholar
Invest, movie script, cook, paint, car repair, …
Never showed off wealth and prizes; he’s a gem so rare

News of his death — alone at home — rocked throughout the land
Young, old were shocked, but they all flocked to give a helping hand
On this day in May of Y2K we pray from the bottom of our heart

“Htay Lwin Nyo, we’re proud to say
that though you’ve passed away
you’ve done a huge part
to unite kindred spirits

your legacy is here to stay.”  

The saga had been reported in the special web page set up by Ko Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) in the first RIT web site.
Htay Lwin Nyo never missed a class, so his students at SJSU were alarmed when HLN did not show up. They asked the SJSU authorities to investigate the matter. HLN had succumbed to aneurysm. Since HLN was staying alone, the Dean of the EE Department asked her students to contact the Burmese/Myanmar Community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The last rites were performed by the Sayadaws of Tathagata Meditation Center (TMC), San Jose. I had the honor to press the button to start the incinerator, and also to help scatter the ashes into the waters near Santa Cruz (with Dr. Lyn Swe Aye, Dr. Khin Nyo Thet and my spouse) as reported in the BAPS Newsletter and the Updates.

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