RIT Saya

U Ba Toke

Update : December 27, 2021

Sayagyi U Ba Toke (1920 – 2020)

  • Phwa Bet Taw of RU (Rangoon University) and the First RU Students’ Strike (which led to the amendment of RU Act, and the establishment of National Schools and National College.
  • Studied at Mandalay University and Harvard University.
  • Professor and Head of Mathematics at Rangoon University
  • Rector, Mandalay Arts and Science University
  • Voluntary transfer to Rangoon Institute of Technology as Professor and Head of Mathematics
  • Associate Dean, Assumption University, Bangkok
  • More information can be found in the Book by Dr. Khin Maung Swe (Tekkatho Maung Thin Char)

95th Birthday Celebration


  • Sayagyi U Ba Toke passed away on Dec 2, 2020 (the day following RU Centennial, and a few days short of his Centennial Birthday).
  • The photos (shown above) were taken on Sayagyi’s 95th birthday with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
  • Sayagyi was pre-deceased by his beloved spouse, son (Soe Win) and daughter (Kitty).
  • Ma Betty, Ye Myint, Nellie, Pansy, Tammy and Deborah have posted photos and articles about their loving father.
  • Saya Dr. Khin Maung Swe (Tekkatho Maung Thin Char, GBNF) wrote a book about the “Life Journey of Sayagyi U Ba Toke” and published with the sponsorship of Tekkatho Thin Char Mi Thar Su.
  • Sayagyi attended SPZP-2000, but skipped SPZP-2002 due to Sayagadaw’s health.
  • He attended subsequent SPZPs in Yangon and Singapore.
  • The attendees of SPZP-2007 appreciated Sayagyi’s anecdote about a 100+ year young Soviet guy quarreling with his 4th wife (and making amends soon after).
  • Sayagyi played soccer in his younger days.
  • Even in his 70s and 80s, he took weekly hikes to Shwe Dagon Pagoda with younger neighbors.
  • Sayagyi served on the RU Sports Council and as Leader of the Burma Olympic Team to Tokyo Olympics.
  • Sayagyi served as Commandant of the Tekkatho Luyechun Camp.
  • During my early visits, Sayagyi gave me an autographed copy of the Book and also took us down memory lane.
  • Sadly, aging caught up and Sayagyi lost mobility and his vision and hearing were impaired (as apparent on my later visits).
  • Many were planning for his Centennial Birthday, but …

Garawa To & By Sayagyi

  • On behalf of the Classes of 70 and 71 (also known as the 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65), Ko Khin Maung Myint (ChE71) offered Garawa money to Sayagyi.
  • Sayagyi offered Soon to Sangha and listened to the dhamma talk
  • Per invitation from his former students, Sayagyi attended the First RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe (also known as SPZP-2000), San Francisco, California, USA in October 2000.
    On behalf of the sayas, Sayagyi gave blessings to the SPZP-2000 attendees.
    He was accompanied by Ko Ye Myint (eldest son) and spouse.
  • Bagyee Myat Myo Myint (Ko Myo Myint, Retired Dy Chief Engineer, Burma Railways) drew a Pon Tu of Sayagyi.
  • Pansy sent a car and driver to pick up Saya U Ba Than, Saya U Tin Htut and me at Winner Inn.
    Saya U Ba Than pays respect to Sayagyi at least once every year.
    Saya U Tin Htut also paid visit to Sayagyi during most of his visits to Yangon.
    I visited Sayagyi during my trips to Yangon. Ko Ye Myint, Pansy, Debbie and Ko Ohn Khine (M70) provided transport on different occasions.

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