- Conventional wisdom says, “Pyauk thor thu shar hlyin tway. Thay thor thu kyar hlin may.”
- Unconventional wisdom says, “We should maintain GBNF lists as part of the Written History of our beloved alma mater, our mentors and colleagues.”
- GBNF stands for Gone But Not Forgotten.
- We use GBNF in the “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and in my Posts.
- Other posts may provide additional information for the entries in the GBNF (by period or year) posts.
U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) set up three GBNF pages on ex-RIT.org web site :
- GBNF for sayas and sayamas
- GBNF for alumni
- GBNF for spouses
I used GBNF in the last stanza of my poem “SAYA PU ZAW PWE”.
Several classes maintain their GBNF list.
GBNF for the Class of 69
U Aung Min (M69) reported close to 90 entries in the GBNF list of the Class of 69. About 320 students entered the first ever 2nd BE. The list includes a few seniors who took sabbatical in their study and ended up as our classmates. 25% of our former classmates have passed away.
Due to the decline of health, the 69ers chose to have two Golden Jubilees : the first in 2014 to celebrate the admission to RIT, and the second in December 2019 to celebrate the graduation of most members in 1969.
GBNF for the Class of 70
U Ohn Khine (M70) reported close to 100 entries in the GBNF list of the Class of 70. Over 400 students entered the first ever 1st BE.
Among my PPBRS classmates, Myo Set (son of actor Tha Gaung Gyi) was the first to pass away. He perished in a car accident.
Among my SPHS classmates, Min Thaw (Gilbert, SPHS63) is among the early ones to pass away. Dr. Myo San (Freddie, SPHS) is the most recent to pass away.
The GBNF list maintained by U Aung Min (M69) contains close to 90 of my RIT classmates.
One should have Samvegha (sense of urgency) after hearing the sad news. When my name sake Hla Min (Pauk Si, SPHS64, EP70) passed away in his mid-thirties, we were shocked since he seemed strong and did not wear jackets (mandated for UCC employees entering the Computer Room). He would often be seen in sport shirts. He passed away with a few months of being diagnosed with liver problem. The consultant doctor was Dr. Min Lwin (Maurice Hla Kyi, SPHS64, IM71). Ko Pauk Si was not a drinker, but other causes inflicted his liver. I became a Tone Kyaw when two government departments where I had given Guest Lectures on Computers and Applications tried to send me “Lwan Thu Pan Khwe“.
U Han Sein (C69) became a Tone Kyaw when the Organizers of the 30th Anniversary of Graduation inadvertently listed him in the GBNF list of the Class of 69. The organizers were unaware that U Han Sein was detained by the authorities after the 8-8-88 event. He resurfaced two decades later with the declaration of Amnesty.
Saya Dr. Tin Hlaing (M63) became a Tone Kyaw when his namesake Saya Dr, Tin Hlaing (formerly of Maritime Studies) passed away. Some alumni had to revoke the wrong announcement.