- Some are unfortunate to lose one or both parents in their youth.
- Some are fortunate to have one or both parents in their 90’s and beyond.
Ivan Lee (Khin Maung Oo, M69)
- Ivan was the youngest in the family.
- His father passed away when he was a few years old.
- His mother raised the family, and also lived long to have great grand children.
- Ivan e-mailed us when his mother turned 100. It showed the birthday card sent to his mother from the 43rd US President George W. Bush.
- Ivan e-mailed again when his mother turned 101. It showed the birthday card sent to his mother from the 44th US President Barack Obama.
- His mother passed away at the tender age of 102. She was alert until the final days. It could be because she played two hours of Mah Jong daily.
Timothy Hla’s Post on June 21, 2020
Tribute to his parents Dr. PR Mohan and Dr. Daw Hnin Yee
Today is a special day for me and my family. First and foremost, we celebrate my Mom’s birthday. Even though we cannot be with her physically in Seattle, she enjoys the company and excellent care by my sister Mona T. Han and is showered by love from all family members and her friends and former students in the Institute of Medicine 1, University of Rangoon. In addition to raising four children, taking care of her husband and running a busy household, she was a career woman who was able to balance a successful career (she became the Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine) and a busy life with grace and charm.
Second, today is father’s day. I am enjoying my family (wife Jeanne Wadsworth-Hla, and grown children Hilary May, Jon Matthew and Audrey Hla who will be here to have dinner. Very grateful for them to be here to celebrate my fatherhood. It is one of the happiest aspects of my life and I am most grateful. I also remember and honor the memory of my Dad (PR Mohan) who passed away over 15 years ago. He was an orphan who grew up in poverty with 9 siblings in Burma, overcame lots of obstacles to get an MBBS degree in 1939, worked as a military doctor during the WW2 with the allied forces for which received many medals and citations, used his pension from the army to get trained as a Cardiologist in London (Royal Brompton Hospital and National Heart Institute) with the famous Cardiologist Paul Wood, returned to Burma to give back to his native land despite various lucrative job offers in the UK, and served honorably by establishing the first Cardiac Department at the Rangoon General Hospital, established the first coronary care unit and brought cutting edge cardiology care to Burma. He also trained a cadre of younger physicians. I even came across an article he wrote about congenital heart diseases in the local medical journal in 1955 in PubMed. Many of his colleagues and students remember him as a no-nonsense Physician with a rough exterior but with a kind heart. My fondest memories of him were his love and dedication to his family and friends. He also introduced me to his love of various music genres of the world, and appreciation of fine food and libations.
My Beloved Parents
- I am somewhat fortunate to have parents who lived beyond 80
- However, I am not fortunate enough to have them around to see my Hmees.
- They would have smiled to hear CSN (Chit Sa Noe) say, “Are you at home? Who’s your doctor? What happened?” after I returned from the “colonoscopy screening”.
CSN added, “I’ll take care of you. I love you.” CSN must have inherited the loving kindness of her great grand parents.
- They would be delighted to see the awards won by CSN including “Super Reader” and a top student of her KG class.
- They would be impressed to see Pho Lone dribbling a standard basketball for 30+ seconds and learn that he is also a top student of his pre-school class.