GBNF : Aung Thu Yein

For archive (Updated on February 13, 2019)

Collegiate Scholarship Winners from SPHS in 1963

SPHS 63 (Aung Thuyein is second from right)

The group photo shows :

Standing (L to R) :

  • Hla Min (7th)
  • Khin Maung Zaw (Frank, 17th)
  • Nyunt Wai (Victor, 4th)
  • Thein Wai (5th)
  • Maung Maung Kyi (11th)
  • Aung Thu Yein (Brownie, 13th)
  • Aung Kyaw Zaw (Johnny, 9th)

Seated (L to R) :

  • Min Oo (Kenneth, 2nd)
  • Khin Maung U (George, 1st)
  • Myo San (Freddie, 3rd)

Best Friends

Aung Thu Yein (Brownie Way, SPHS63, EC69, GBNF) is the younger brother of Dr. Thet Htar Way (GBNF).

He read notes to his best friend Nyunt Wai (Victor), who fell sick before the Matriculation examination.

Nyunt Wai stood 4th in the Matriculation examination. Aung Thu Yein stood 13th. Both won the Collegiate Scholarships of K75 per month along with eight of their classmates.

Studies and Career

He was one of the eleven students who graduated with EC (Electrical Communications) degree in 1969.

He is seen third from right in the back row of the Group Photo taken in 2009 (30th Anniversary of Graduation).

F Block Soccer Team

He played soccer for the F Block team. He can be seen third from left in the back row. Sad to note that Myint Thein (Kabar, M69, 2nd from left) and Tun Oo Khine (EP69, rightmost) are GBNF.

He worked at MOC and Schlumberger.

Smoking and Drinking

  • Before attending RIT, he was a non-smoker and a non-drinker.
  • He claimed that he started smoking at RIT to warn off mosquitoes in the rest room of the hostel.
  • He accompanied some of his hostel friends to celebrate with drinks after taking the mid-term and final examinations.


During one of my visits to Yangon in 2012, Zau Lai picked me up first and then Brownie.

Brownie jumped into the car without changing into new clothes and without locking his home and gate. He trusted people.

Due to his medical conditions, his doctor has advised him to stop smoking and drinking.

Seeing his long lost friends and with the persuasion of Duwa Zau Lai, Brownie found an excuse to take a drink “just one more time”.

Last Days

The Monthly Breakfast Gathering at Royal Rose (Taw Win Hnin Si) had bad news. We learned that Aung Thu Yein had slipped and fell a his home. His son (a medical doctor) rushed him to the RGH Neurological Ward.

After the gathering, several of us visited the RGH Neurological Ward.

I spent a few days as a temporary monk at Kaba Aye Sun Lun Gu Kyaung with U Wara (Win Paing, ChE70) as my preceptor.

The 69ers learned about the demise of Aung Thu Yein, but they chose not to inform me and disrupt my meditation practice at the monastery.


Among the eleven EC69ers, Ko Kyaw Soe was the first to pass away.

Ko Aung Thu Yein became the second to pass away.

Ko Chit Tin became the third to pass away.

May they all rest in peace.

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