Mra is a Rakkhine pronunciation. The Burmese equivalent is Mya.
U Shwe Mra
U Shwe Mra graduated with Honors in Economics. He became an ICS. He served as Chief Secretary before joined the United Nations. His sons made names in Track and Field as well as in their professions.
U Tun Mra
- He is the eldest son of U Shwe Mra.
- He won a Gold medal in the 2nd SEAP Games as a member of the 4 x 100 m relay team.
- He became a Full Green at RUBC after winning the Senior Novices.
U Kyaw Mra
- He is the second son of U Shwe Mra.
- He won Gold in the 2nd SEAP Games for the hurdles.
- He became National Coach for Track and Field.
U Soe Mra
- He is the third son of U Shwe Mra.
- He won Gold in the 2nd SEAP Games for Pole Vault.
U Win Mra
- He is the fourth son of U Shwe Mra.
- He was Burma Champion in Pole Vault, but he retired following the doctor’s advice. His elder brother U Soe Mra took over as Pole Vault Champion.
- He was one of the Top Three in the “Elvis Presley Contest”.
- He taught English at RIT.
- He transferred to Foreign Office and served as Permanent Secretary (Ambassador) to the United Nations.
- He is currently Head of the Burma Human Rights Commission. U Khin Maung Lay (Mutu, M70) is a member of the Commission.
- [Per U Tint Lwin (Daniel, M69)] :
U Tun Mra, U Kyaw Mra and U Soe Mra were my brother U Thein Lwin’s good friends. We are forever grateful to U Win Mra for teaching George, Henry and me how to play guitar.
In late 1957s the Mra brothers came to visit our house. Our house had a reel to reel tape recorder and U Win Mra recorded a few Elvis and Buddy Holly songs. We were so thrilled and kept listening to his songs over and over again. After that we bugged our brothers to take us to Mras house where U Win Mra showed us the guitar chords and he even taught us how to tune the guitar.
Younger sons of U Shwe Mra
- U Maung Maung Mra, Dr. Rai Mra, and Dr. Aung Mra continued the family’s dominance as Pole Vault Champions at the University and/or Burma level competitions.
- U Maung Maung Mra also excelled in High Jump.
Other Mra’s who are not related to U Shwe Mra
- Mra Tun (UCC) is a Software Consultant. He worked on the maintenance and migration of COBOL. He formed TAMPS Band (Tin Aung, Austin Xavier, Mra Tun, Pierpont Morgan, Sydney San Aung). After moving to Los Angeles, California, USA, he continued to play in bands and at BASES Annual Dinner (e.g. a Duet with Ricky Zaw).
- Tun Mra Gyaw (RUBC Gold)
- Mra Sabai Nyun (Swimming Champion)