Saya

Sayagyis

Update : January 21, 2022

Saya U Ba Toke accepting his Pon Tu
  • Saya of our sayas
  • Passed away on December 2, 2020 (a few days short of his Centennial Birthday).
  • Attended most SPZPs starting with SPZP-2000.
  • Skipped SPZP-2002 to take care of Sayagadaw.
Saya H Num Kok
  • Saya of our sayas
  • Attended SPZP-2000 and selected PZPs.
  • Served as Line Judge at RUBC Regattas.
  • Past President of RIT Track and Field Association.
  • Passed away in Portland, Oregon in his late 90s.
Saya U Tin U
  • Taught part-time while working for a private Construction company (and became a Director).
  • He is 92+ years young.
  • Most senior among the living Past RUBC Captains.
  • Represented RUBC at the 1948 Independence Day Regatta at Kandawgyi along with Dr. Pe Nyun, Dr. Pe Thein and U Khin Maung Wint.
  • Past Captain of RGC.
  • Served as Treasurer of BSCE.
  • Lost his spouse Dr. Khin Kyi Nyunt in late 2019 and eldest son Dr. “Peter” Khin Tun in April 2020.
Saya U Aung Khin
  • Served as Editor of RUESU Magazine.
  • Retired as Professor and Head.
  • Moved to Canada.
  • Gave the Go-ahead for SPZP-2000 to the San Francisco Bay Area Alumni.
  • Still plays Tennis and Golf.
  • He is 90+ years young.
  • We visited Saya in Windsor Canada.
    He treated us with home-cooked Mohinga and Ah Kyaw.
    He gave us Souvenirs.
U Ba Than’s Message on his 78th Birthday in 2008
Saya U Ba Than
  • Taught at RIT until his retirement.
  • Retired as Professor and Head
  • Kept in touch with his former colleagues and students by inviting them to his Annual Birthday Soon Kwyay at Yaw Sayadaw Kyaung.
  • Donated photos to MES and HMEE Project.
  • Hosted the meeting for HMEE Project.
    Coordinated with U Thaw Kaung to provide Say.a U Soe Paing and team to access archives at the RU Central Library
  • Donated Garawa Money to various charities.
  • He is 91+ years young.
Saya Dr. Aung Gyi in San Francisco for SPZP-2000
  • Retired as Rector.
  • Moved to Canada.
  • Gave a Keynote Speech at SPZP-2000 about Health, EQ and Memories of RIT.
  • Wrote about Coconut Episode for SPZP-2002.
  • I was an Ei Hmyaung at Dinner Gatherings in Yangon to honor Saya and/or celebrate Sayagadaw’s birthday.
  • Saya and I were Guests at Ko Ivan’s house in New Jersey.
  • We visited Saya in Napean, Canada.
    Saya showed us around (Toronto and a Thousand Lakes).
  • He is 90+ years young.
Saya U Min Wun
  • Taught us Surveying in our 2nd BE.
    He enforced a seating plan starting with Roll Number One at the back of the class.
    Since I could read his notes on the Blackboard, I became Four Eyes.
  • Founding member of BARB
  • Member of Myanmar Pyeikkadein Ah Phwe
  • Saya jokingly said that he was assigned as the Last Speaker to prevent overrun of the SPZP-2000 program.
  • Wrote several articles for RIT Alumni International.
  • Just joined the Elite Club of 90+ year young Sayas.

Several other Sayagyis are GBNF.
Some passed away early.
Some passed away a few years back.

  • U Soe Khaw (Min)
    Part-time Lecturer and Head of Mining Department (at BOC College)
    Retired from UN
    Attended SPZP-2000
    Passed away in his 90s in California
  • U Soon Sein (Min)
    Retired Professor and Head of Mining Department
    Declined invitation to SPZP-2000 (per advice of doctors)
    Passed away in USA
  • U Khin Aung Kyi (ChE)
    Retired Rector
    Taught at Rengsit University
    Former students hosted Saya and Sayagadaw to attend SPZP-2000
  • U Maung Maung Than (T)
    Retired Rector
  • U Tha Tun (A)
    Part-time Lecturer and Head of Architecture Department
  • U Thit (Met)
    Retired Lecturer and Head of Metallurgy Department
    Passed away in Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (EE)
    Part-time Lecturer (while serving as Director General of UBARI)
    Advisor, Ministry of National Planning
    Member, UCC Advisory Board
    Passed away in Sydney, Australia
RIT EE Sayas
  • U Sein Hlaing (EE)
    Retired Professor of Electrical Engineering Department
    Passed away a couple of years after retirement
  • U Kyaw Tun (EE)
    Saya of our sayas
    Taught after graduating in 1948
    Retired Lecturer
    President of RIT EE Association
  • U Tin Swe (EE)
    Member of Prome Hall Soccer team which won Inter-Hall Trophy for two consecutive years
    Retired Lecturer
    Note : It would take a few decades before EE would be reorganized into EC and EP Departments

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