Paulians (4)

SPHS 1963

Top Matriculates

St. Paul’s High School (SPHS) had

  • Five in the Top Five in the whole of Burma
  • Seven in the Top Ten
  • Ten in the Top Twenty
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Seated : Min Oo (2nd), Khin Maung U (1st), Myo San (Freddie, 3rd, GBNF)
Standing : Hla Min (7th), Khin Maung Zaw (Frank, 17th), Nyunt Wai (Victor, 4th), Thein Wai (5th), Maung Maung Kyi (11th), Aung Thu Yein (Brownie, 13th, GBNF), Aung Kyaw Zaw (Johnny, 9th)

Dr. Khin Maung U

Work Experience

The following is Dr. Khin Maung U’s work experience (in reverse chronological order) :

  • Clinical Reviewer and Senior Medical Officer at U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Assistant Professor and Physician at Johns Hopkins University
  • Associate Professor, Physician at Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Head, Clinical Research Division at Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health
  • Clinical demonstrator at Institute of Medicine 1, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)
  • Demonstrator, Dept. of Pharmacology at Institute of Medicine 1, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)


  • Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS63) stood first in the Matriculation in 1963. He received 100 marks each in Mathematics and Chemistry and 99 points (after one point deduction in the review) in Physics. He scored Distinction in English in HSF (High School Final), Matriculation and I.Sc.(A).
  • Selected Lu Ye Chun for several years at the Institute of Medicine (1).
  • Performed research at BMRI (DMR) in Rangoon and at FDA in the US.
  • Due to changes in the policy for sending State Scholars, he had to do his M.Sc. (Medical Science).
  • Later, he completed several Fellowships and an MD from UNSW (University of New South Wales).


  • Spouse Dr. Nyunt Nyunt Wai (Amy Hla Maung) did her DCH (Diploma in Child Health).
  • Two daughters and a son
  • One grand child from the younger daughter
  • Nilar is a medical doctor in the USA.
  • Younger brothers (Khin Maung Than, Khin Maung Win …) are Paulians.

Knowledge Sharing

  • Has his own blog on Medical Research Reports (about 100+ reports).
  • Presented selected medical research papers for the lay person.
  • Earlier, he wrote and translated articles on Dhamma and acted as an interpreter at the Dhamma Talks and Meditation Retreats.
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Dr. Khin Maung U is seen Second from left in 4th row

Dr. Min Oo

  • Stood Second in the whole of Burma in the Matriculation of 1963.
  • Majored in Mathematics
  • Selected Luyechun twice
  • Served as Staff at the Luyechun Camp
  • Two Doctorates from Germany
  • Taught in Germany, USA and Canada
  • Retired as Professor from MacMasters University, Canada

Dr. Myo San (Freddie, GBNF)

Dr. Myo San (Freddie Ba San, SPHS 63) stood third in the whole of Burma in the Matriculation of 1963.

He had mastered phonetics. He also had read lots of English books. One would not be surprised that he scored distinctions in English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

He was a little bit older than us, and that might have given him a slight advantage in the early years.

He gave me a quiz. “How do you pronounce GHOTI?” I gave an answer which he corrected as “FISH”. He had read George Bernard Shaw, who posed the quiz as a lesson on the eccentricities of English.

  • GH is phonetically equivalent to F as in ROUGH.
  • O is phonetically equivalent to I as in WOMAN.
  • TI is phonetically equivalent to SH as in ATTENTION.
  • Thus, GHOTI is phonetically equivalent to FISH.

He became a surgeon, but the stress caused him to take early retirement.

Sadly, he passed away.

Young Myo San (Freddie) could be seen fifth from the left in the third row in the picture of Std VIII(A) of SPHS. Uzin Aung Chaw (Victor) is next to him. He can also be seen third from right in the photo from Myanmar Ah Lin Newspaper.

Dr. Nyunt Wai (Victor)

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Khin Maung Bo (Alan), Kyaw Wynn, Nyunt Wai (Victor), La Min, Khin Maung Zaw (Frank)
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  • Dr. Nyunt Wai (Victor Nyunt, SPHS63) stood 4th in the whole of Burma in the Matriculation of 1963.
  • Sserved as Professor of Physiology.
  • Compiled a list of Professors of Physiology.
  • Worked in Malaysia.
  • After his second retirement, he is spending time on his hobbies : writing and painting.
  • Writes articles and poems.
  • Plans to publish a book.
  • Illustrated one of the books by Ashin Ananda (Laureate Poet).
  • Suggested a list of names to be covered in my posts.
  • Added entries to my posts about names.
  • Founder and Admin, “Sagar Pariyae” Facebook Group

Dr. Nyunt Wai wrote :

Thank you Ko Hla Min. But I’m no painter or a poet. Just occasional excursions to these fields. And I’m not a visiting Professor. Had to apply for this job in Malaysia just like any other expatriate from India or Bangladesh. So I’m no 3 “P”s. This reminds me of “No 3 P policy” of the now extinct Yahoo group Alumni-Myanmar-medical-institutes founded by Saya Johnny Thane Oke Kyaw-Myint, which served well as a lively forum for us until the advent of Facebook.

Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint wrote :

Yes AMIM was a tight small group of us. Those who became friends then remain now as close friends. On FB, there is short attention as well as being bombarded by posts that we have no interest in.

Dr. Nyan Taw (Dicky)

Dr. Nyan Taw (Dicky, SPHS63) matriculated from SPHS.

He studied Zoology at RASU and Marine Biology Australia.

He worked at RASU and Pearl & Fishery Corporation before going abroad.

He invited us at his son’s wedding in Southern California, and his daughter’s wedding in Yangon. Thanks.

Young and crazy team from Pearl Island four decades ago

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Dr. Nyan Taw (Dicky, SPHS63), Soe Nyunt, …


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He played football with Myo Nyunt (Harry Kyaw), Phillip Ba Maung (GBNF) and other friends from SPHS and MEHS.

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High School Football

D S Saluja

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  • Dave Singh Saluja was my classmate at St. Paul’s High School, I.Sc.(A) and 2nd BE.
  • On some weekends, he would invite me to his house in Golden Valley for lunch to be followed by a “study session”.
    He would bring out 200+ comics and cartoons to study.
  • He volunteered to be “Humor Editor” of the RIT English Association Newsletter.
  • His father Teja Singh (a serial entrepreneur) had hoped that Dave’s elder brother (Scholarship holder from SPHS and an alumni from MIT in US) would help the family set up a tire factory.
    Their plans changed after the Coup D’etat and the subsequent nationalization.
  • Dave’s brother moved to Bangkok.
    Dave quit his studies at RIT to join his brother and form “Rama Enterprises”.
  • Dave would entertain his former schoolmates
    e.g U Chit Po Po (M69, GBNF), Dr. Nyan Taw (SPHS63, Marine Biologist)

U Aung Kyaw Myint (Eddie Shein)

  • Aung Kyaw Myint (Eddie Shein) is alumni of SPHS and RIT.
  • His hobbies include Astrology and Palmistry.
  • His daughter Thiri Soe is now FRACGP.
  • He invited me to the wedding reception of his daughter at a new hotel in Yangon.
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Eddie with his wife and daughter


Frank Gale’s visit to Yangon

Dr. Khin Maung Zaw (Frank Gale, SHPS63) lives in the UK. He came to Yangon at least once a year to visit his 90+ year young mother and his eldest sister (who takes care of the mother).

On one visit, his mother fell down and was hurt. Worse still, his eldest sister Daw Khin Myo Han was shocked and succumbed to a massive heart attack.

The following is a note that Frank sent.

Dear Friends,

My mother had a fall a few days ago but luckily no broken bones. However she is still in considerable pain and from being ambulant and able for a 96 year old she has been bed bound at home with a carer and closely attended day and night by my very close, knowledgeable and reliable friend Sayargyi Professor Dr. U Aung Myint.

Despite all this, my eldest sister (Daw Khin Myo Han), who was 79 found the situation too stressful and had a fatal massive heat attack this morning at around 6am GMT.

Sayagyi U Aung Myint arrived for his regular day time visit and tried but to no avail.

In 2020, his mother passed away. Due to COVID-19, he chad to change his flight back home four (or so) times.

During Frank’s visit, he would also see his Paulian friends :

  • Dr. Myo San (Freddie Ba San, GBNF)
  • Khin Maung Bo (Allan Saw Maung)
  • Tin Tun
  • Kyaw Wynn
  • Than Win

Kyaw Win’s Birthday Soon Kwyay

During my visit to Yangon, Kyaw Wynn hosted a lunch gathering at “Shwe Ba” Saing to celebrate his birthday. He offered “Nawakama” to Uzin Aung Chaw (Victor Chaw, “Okkantha”), who resides in Sagaing Hills.

Aung Kyi (Arthur Kyi), Aye Ngwe (Edwin Ngwe), and some (whom we have lost contact) showed up. Arthur Kyi used to drive a big motor cycle. Edwin Ngwe was a regular football player on most Saturdays after taking the one-hour Mathematics test given by Brother Clementian.


  • Dr. Myo San (Freddie Ba San)
  • Dr. Freddie Sein
  • Dr. Maung Maung Aye
  • Rev. Edwin David
  • U Aung Khin
  • U Min Thaw (Gilbert Thaw)
  • U Shwe Zan Aung
  • Uzin Patrick Ba Maung

Categories: SPHS

1 reply »

  1. Ko Hla Min,

    Thank you foe the great detail information on our SPHS 63 batch. Very well written.

    Regards Dicky (Dr Nyan Taw)


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