Updated on March 24, 2019
- U Yone Moe (GBNF)
- U Win Kyaing (GBNF)
- U Sein Shan (GBNF)
- H Num Kok (GBNF)
- U Ba Toke
- U Soe Khaw (GBNF)
- Medical Check up
- Aging Sayas
- U Moe Aung’s Interview
- Dr. San Hla Aung
- U Ohn Maung
- U Nyunt Htay
- U Myo Myint Sein
- U Ba Than
U Yone Moe (GBNF)
U Wynn Htain Oo (M72) wrote :
Sayagyi U Yone Moe is RIT’s first Rector and our Rector. For us he is more than a Rector because he is the father of Kyaw Moe (our Mech 72) and we treat him like our uncle. He was very gentle and kind gentleman.
One evening during our school days, while two of my “notorious” Mech72 friends were joyfully swimming in the Circle Pool in front of the main building, they were suddenly caught by the Rector. Naturally they were very much afraid.
But SAYAGYI just told them, ‘You young gentlemen, this is not the swimming pool. There is University swimming pool and if you want to swim please go there’ and left. That’s all. You can see how much those “notorious” Mech 72 friends were relieved.
We love our Rector and remember him ALWAYS.
Editor’s Note :
- Saya U Kyaw Sein (M65) liked to tinker with electrical devices. Sayagyi saw him in an empty classroom, but he simply gave an encouraging remark.
- U Zaw Min Nawaday (EP70) was at Maymyo. Sayagyi and Saya Dr. Aung Gyi were also present at that time. They went out in Sayagyi’s car to a noodle house. Sayagyi had a voracious appetite. On the way back, Sayagyi kindly reminded Saya Dr. Aung Gyi not to mention to Sayagadaw about his lunch trip.
- Sayagyi is credited for the screening of movies in the Assembly Hall.
- Sayagyi also promised a Pwe for the volunteers to dig a swimming pool in the RIT compound. The “pool” became a topic for the RIT cartoonists.
- Sayagyi was a proponent of the “Power Nap”.
- Sayagyi wrote a “classic” letter “From U Yone Moe (Rector) … To U Yone Moe (Parent)” when his son was found as an unsuspecting spectator at the “Ganan Twet Pwe in the Hostel gone wrong.”
U Win Kyaing (GBNF)
Saya U Win Kyaing (GBNF) was fondly known as “Ngu Yin Kong Ky” (Vietnamese General).
He is the paternal uncle of Ko Maurice Chee (M75) and the maternal uncle of Ma San Yin Myint (ICST).
U Sein Shan (GBNF)
During our RIT days, Saya U Sein Shan (GBNF) was Lecturer and Head of the RIT Mathematics Department.
Saya passed away in October 2006.
He is the father of Ko Thant Zin (M82), volunteer of several RIT-related organizations and activities.
Yan Gyi Aung wrote :
Sayar U Sein Shan was my most familiar Mathematics Sayar since BIT period 1961-62. At that time engineering students were only about over 100. Female students were only two, one each at Textile and Chemical Department.He was the President of Point 22-Rifle Club of BIT and I was the Secretary.We usually went to South Okkalapa Shooting Range and practiced.
While he was suffering from heart disease at his home in about 1999 in Mayangone, I frequently went to his house and encouraged him.Also when taking treatment at RGH hospital, at Cardiac Hall No 19/20, I went to him carrying boiled rice and some eatables as breakfast.
Very remarkable and historic event he did was while Major Subjects (Lines, such as Civil, Chemical, etc) performed Respect paying ceremonies to the respective department Sayars, Mathematics Department had no such ceremony. Mathematics Department always had no ceremony at that time. So Sayar U Sein Shan invited all the engineering students at the Daily News Paper that he would celebrate a friendship dinner to serve all engineering students with Danbauk rice at the Nawarat Hotel in 2000, I think. Very peculiar Sayar was!
Dr. Yan Naing Lwin wrote :
Ko Sein Shan was at University of Illinois,
U-C in 1959-60. His room mate was Ko Hla Tun (Peter, now in San Jose ) . Ko SS received his MS in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics (TAM) & returned to Burma.
Condolences to Saya’s Family
H Num Kok (GBNF)
Sayagyi H Num Kok is a saya of our sayas.
He taught Drawing to Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi.
He taught Soil Mechanics to the not so young sayas.
Saya served as President of RIT Track & Field, with Ko Khin Maung Lay (Henry, T68) as Secretary and Ko Myo Nyunt (C69) as Joint Secretary.
Saya served as Line Judge along with Saya U Sein Win and Saya Dr. San Hla Aung at the RUBC (Rangoon University Boat Club) Regattas.
Saya visited Yangon a few years back. His former students spanning a decade (or so) welcomed him. Saya took back the banner from the gathering back to his home in Portland, Oregon, USA and proudly displayed it there.
Saya passed away in 2018.
From Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi :
I am very sad to know that Saya U Num Kock has passed away.
He was my Saya teaching us “Drawing” when I attended first year engineering in Rangoon University in 1951. He was a very nice and gentle person. So far as I remember he was never angry or upset about anything. He was a hard worker and also a helpful person.
Please send my heartfelt condolences to his family. Thank you.
From Saya Dr. San Hla Aung (C58) :
I am so saddened to learn belatedly of Sayagyi U Num Kock’s passing away. Sayagyi was one of my earliest sayas in Engineering. Sayagyi taught me Building Drawing in my second year engineering at the B.O.C. College and also supervised our surveying practical exercises. Sayagyi was always very kind and patient towards us and we all loved and respected him.
Please convey my heartfelt condolences to Sayagyi’s wife and family.
Several alumni (e.g. Saya Madan Chand (C70)) remember Saya teaching Soil Mechanics.
Several Old Crocs (including Yours Truly) remember Saya’s service as Line Judge at the RUBC Regattas.
U Myo Nyunt (C69) remembers Saya not only as his teacher, but also for guiding the RIT Track and Field Association as President.
A few years back, Saya U Num Kok visited Yangon. He was given a Welcome Gathering by his former colleagues and students. Saya brought back the banner from the Gathering to hang at his house in Portland, Oregon,
U Ba Toke
Sayagyi U Ba Toke is a saya of our sayas.
He taught Mathematics to the engineering students including Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi.
He voluntarily relinquished his position of Rector at Mandalay University to join RIT as Professor of Mathematics.
He mainly taught the Masters students (including Saya Mao Toon Siong) and gave special courses to the 5th and final year students (including Dr. Myint Thein, author of “My apologies to Sayagyi U Ba Toke”).
Saya is a soccer star. He also managed the Burma Olympics team.
Saya was active physically until his mid 80s. He used to walk weekly to Shwe Dagon pagoda with his younger dhamma friends.
Saya Dr. Khin Maung Swe (Maung Thinchar) interviewed Sayagyi for six (or more) audio tapes. Sayama Daw Myint Myint Khaing (Saya KMS’s spouse and the daughter of Arzani Mahn Ba Khaing) transcribed the tapes. They published a book to celebrate Saya’s 80th birthday.
During my visits to Yangon, I paid respect to Sayagyi and felt sadder each time to see the former athlete lose his mobility and sight, but I felt glad he was mentally sharp and ever eager to attend SPZPs.
Saya is a Phwa Bet Taw of Rangoon University and the first RU Students Strike (both which occurred in December 1920).
Saya U Ba Toke is the lone remaining sayagyi from the elite group who were 90+ years old.
U Soe Khaw (GBNF)
Saya U Soe Khaw is a saya of our sayas.
After studying BS and MS in Mining in the USA, Saya was assigned to teach at the Mining Engineering Department.
He was succeeded by Saya U Soon Sein.
He attended SPZP-2000.
He was a Patron for selected monasteries in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He passed away a couple of years ago. A soon kyway was held at the Tathagata Meditation Center (TMC) in San Jose.
Medical Check up
Under the sponsorship of Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF), about 120 sayas were provided medical check up for 2018 at Grand Hantha Hospital.
May Thet Hlaing (May Nge) and team are volunteers for helping the sayas with logistics.
In the past, “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas” and U Khin Maung Tun’s family took care of the checkup for eligible sayas and sayamas. Both handed over their balance to SDYF.
Saya U Moe Aung was among the second batch of sayas to have medical check up at Grand Hantha.
Saya U Moe Aung wrote :
သည္ေန႔မနက္ ၈-၁၁-၂ဝ၁၈ စက္မႈတကၠသိုလ္မွ အနားယူျပီး အင္ဂ်င္နီယာ/ဗိသုကာ ဆရာ/ဆရာမမ်ား ဒုတိယေန႔အျဖစ္ Grand Hantha ေဆးရံု မွာ
စြယ္ေတာ္ရိပ္ေဖာင္ေဒးရွင္း၏ ကမကထျဖင့္ ေဆးစစ္ၾကသည္။
ႏိုင္ငံတကာအဆင့္မီ ေဆးရံုျဖစ္၍ အထပ္တိုင္းရွိေနရာအႏွံ႔ လိုက္ၾကည္႔သည္။
စုစုေပါင္း ဆရာ ၁၂ဝ ဦးခန္႔ ေဆးစစ္ရန္ရွိေသာေၾကာင့္ စြယ္ေတာ္ရိပ္ေဖာင္ေဒးရွင္းႏွင့္ တကြ ဦးစီးေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးသူ ေမသက္လႈိင္ ႏွင့္ အဖြဲ႕ကို ေက်းဇူးတင္ သာဓုေခၚဆိုအပ္ပါသည္။
The sayas used to be strong and healthy.
We are sad to see that some sayas have lost their strength and health in varying degrees.
- Some need walking cane.
- Some limp.
- Some have amnesia.
- Some have cataract and/or glaucoma and need eye surgery.
- Some have hearing problems.
- Some have lost mobility and they need wheel chairs.
- Some need frequent visits to the medical clinic and hospital.
U Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70) established the “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas and Sayamas”. The balance of the HCF has been transferred to Swel Daw Yeik Foundation.
U Khin Maung Tun (T78) provided the “Eye Care Fund” for RIT Sayas and Sayamas. The balance of the Fund has been transferred to Swel Daw Yeik Foundation.
Daw May Hlaing (May Nge) and team volunteered to implement the Swel Daw Yeik’s Foundation’s task of “Taking care of the Annual Medical and Vision Checkup of the RIT sayas and sayamas”.
In late 2018, the medical checkups were done at Grand Hantha Hospital and the vision checkups were performed at IQ Vision. Sayas needing treatment for their eyes can choose doctors and eye clinics. Swel Daw Yeik Foundation provides financial support of K4 Lakhs for sayas and sayamas undergoing hospitalization. The amount is often supplemented by Daw Khine Khine Win’s group and interested alumni.
Based on case-by-case, financial support is also provided to sayas needing (a) frequent visits to the medical clinics (e.g. Saya Dr. Lwin Aung)
(b) helpers and assistants (e.g. Saya U Kyaw Sein, Saya U Ohn Maung).
RITAA (RIT Alumni Association) has three wheel chairs for use by the sayas — especially those attending SPZPs (Saya Pu Zaw Pwes).
U Moe Aung’s Interview
Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War) was interviewed by Phyo May San in late 2015.
Saya U Moe Aung wrote :
၂ဝ၁၅ ႏိုဝင္ဘာ ၁၃
စာေပဖန္တီးသူတို႔၏ ဘဝမ်ား အစီအစဥ္အတြက္
MRTV4 Readers Channel မွ အိမ္သို႔လာေရာက္ျပီး အင္တာဗ် ဴ း ျပဳ လုပ္ရန္ ျပင္ဆင္စဥ္…။
ထိုအစီအစဥ္ကို ၂ဝ၁၅ ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၂၅ တြင္ ထုတ္လႊင့္ျဖစ္သည္။
(Presenter – ျဖိဳ း ေမစံ)
Dr. San Hla Aung
Saya Dr. San Hla Aung had to wait for a year to enter Rangoon University because he was under age when he passed the Matriculation examination in 1951.
Dr. San Hla Aung joined the Faculty as Assistant Lecturer in 1958 after standing at the top of the C58 class. Saya’s classmates include Saya Allen Htay (GBNF) and Saya Dr. Win Thein.
Saya studied for his Masters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. Upon his return to Burma, Saya was promoted to Lecturer.
Saya retired from the University of New Orleans at the age of 80. Saya had taught nearly six decades in Burma and the USA.
Saya wrote an article about his days at the BOC College and the Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University.
Saya served as
- President of RIT Swimming and Water Polo
- President of RIT Rowing
- Line Judge at RUBC Regattas with Sayagyi U Num Kok (GBNF) and Saya U Sein Win (GBNF).
Saya donated K10 Lakhs to Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF)
Saya wrote a Brief Biography for SPZP-2000.
U Ohn Maung
U Ohn Maung (Anthony Sein, SPHS62, ChE68) and non-Catholic students from his class had to join us in the “Morals and Manners” class. Catholic students had to attend Catechism.
I saw him at the SPZPs. We were sad to learn that he was having some medical problems and slight memory loss.
Kudos to SDYF for the support of sayas and sayamas for medical check up, frequent visits to the hospital and clinics, and for some non-trivial health care.
At an EC meeting of Swel Daw Yeik Foundation, a decision was made to provide K4 Lakhs annually to Saya U Ohn Maung for his health care.
- SDYF donated K4 Lakhs to Saya U Ohn Maung (ChE68), who has a medical problem. The donations will be continued in future years.
- U Khin Maung Htwe (ChE72) donated K20,000.
- The donations were handed over to Saya U Sein Thaung, who would forward it to Saya U Ohn Maung.
- Ma Zin, saya’s spouse, acknowledged receipt of the Garawa money from SDYF.
U Nyunt Htay
- Saya U Nyunt Htay (Met73) is a writer, editor and publisher.
- He joined Saya Moe Aung, Saya U Aung Myaing, U Win Myint and U Toee Aung to publish a book of “Swel Daw” related poems.
- One of his poems was featured as a cover of the souvenir note book for SPZP-2012. I posted the poem along with my loose rendition.
- There was a mini-gathering of Metallurgy Sayas at the 2015 Los Angeles Alumni Reunion. U Nyunt Htay attended the Reunion along with Saya U Win Kyaw (Met71), Saya U Thein Aung (Met72) and Sayama Dr. Naing Naing Aung.
U Myo Myint Sein
- Saya U Myo Myint Sein (Raymond) graduated in 1958 (first batch of Architects from the University of Rangoon).
- He was President of the RU ConBro Association.
- He is the second of 8 siblings who all attended De La Salle Schools. The youngest are twin brothers : Bohmu Tin Htoo Sein (Navy) and Saya Tin Htet Sein (Physics).
- He was Captain of the soccer team during his University days.
- He did his post graduate studies at the University of Michigan in the USA.He succeeded Sayagyi U Tha Tun as Head of the Architecture Department. Saya retired as Professor before moving to the USA.
- He is a Khamee Khamet of U Win Kyu, a senior alumni.He attended SPZP-2000 and said that his American colleague would gladly exchange all his awards to attend a SPZP.
- He attended the Annual Dinner of RIT NorCal RITAA along with several other sayas from Southern California.
- He visited Northern California to see his grandson at UC Davis, and spent some time with Saya U Myat Htoo (C68).
U Ba Than
- He matriculated in 1947 and won the Collegiate Scholarship.
- He won a Gold Medal for standing first in the I.Sc. examinations.
- He studied at Imperial College.
- Upon return to Burma, he joined the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rangoon.
- He retired as Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department.
- He was an early supporter of the HMEE-2012 Project. He donated photos for display at MES and for use in the History book.
- He gave back most of the Garawa money that he received at the SPZP and gatherings.
- Every year, he offered a Birthday Soon Kwyay and invited his former colleagues and students. He will turn 79 on October 2, 2019.
- He paid respect to Sayagyi U Ba Toke every year.
U Ba Than in 2008
On October 2, 2008, the former students of Sayagyi U Ba Than (Retired Professor of Mechanical Engineering) was honored with a special Birthday and Garawa ceremony.
It was special because it was a Thursday. Sayagyi was born on Thursday, October 2, 1930.