GBNF : Aung Thu Yein (EC69)

  • My classmate from St. Paul’s High School (SPHS)
    and Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • Known as Brownie Way / Ah Nyo
  • Older brother : Dr. Thet Htar Way (Plastic Surgeon, Saya at Dental College / University)
  • Children : Two sons and a daughter
Aung Thu Yein

Brownie (Standing second from right)


  • Classmates in Standards VIII(A), IX(A) and X(A).
    In the prior classes, he was in Section (C) and I was in Section (D).
  • Stood 13th in the whole of Burma in the Matriculation examination in 1963.
  • One of the ten collegiate scholarship holders from SPHS 63.
    Only forty (out of the total 100 scholarship awards) were given to the students from private schools.
  • SPHS had five in the Top Five, seven in the Top Ten, and ten in the top Twenty.
    Khin Maung U (1st), Min Oo (2nd), Myo San (Freddie, 3rd), Nyunt Wai (Victor, 4th), Thein Wai (5th), Hla Min (7th), Aung Kyaw Zaw (Johnny, 9th), Maung Maung Kyi (11th), Aung Thu Yein (Brownie, 13th), Khin Maung Zaw (Frank, 17th).
  • Has a soft heart.
    Before the Matriculation examination, he read several subjects to Ko Nyunt Wai (Victor), who was sick and could not study.
    Brownie can take some credit for Victor’s success.
    Victor stood Fourth in Burma and later medical professor in IM and Malaysia.

University Days

  • Attended the last ever I.Sc.(A) together at Leik Khone (RU Intermediate College) in 1963.
    Took the Science Option (Roll numbers start with “B”).
  • After a long closure citing “Security Concerns” following the July 7th Anniversary, a new Education System was established in November 1964.
  • Admitted to the first ever 2nd BE at the Gyogone Campus.
  • We chose Electrical Engineering as major in Third year.
    Graduated with Electrical Communications (EC).
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  • Brownie played soccer for the Inter-Block games.
  • He acquired two habits at RIT.
  • He learned to smoke — trying to fend off mosquitoes in the RIT rest rooms.
  • He learned social drinking with his classmates (e.g. Robert) after the last paper of the RIT final exam.

After Graduation

  • Brownie was one of the 11 graduates in EC 69.
    One classmate unfortunately stayed behind and graduated the following year.
  • Had a successful career at MOC/Schlumberger with several foreign assignments.
  • Unfortunately, Brownie became a heavy smoker and drinker [at times].
  • Felt lonely after the loss of his spouse and his eldest son.
  • Had a younger son (medical doctor) and a daughter.
  • Had several minor and not-so-minor health problems.
  • Quit drinking and smoking for some time, but he still felt the urge.

Last Meeting

  • In March 2012, I visited Yangon to take part in preparations for SPZP-2012 (scheduled for December).
  • Ko Zau Lai came to see me.
    We decided to surprise Brownie (who lived near the A1 Compound).
    Brownie trusted people. He would not lock his house. In fact, he just closed the gate without locking to board Ko Zaw Lai’s car.
  • Ko Zaw Lai coaxed Brownie to enjoy a couple of drinks.
  • That dinner at Ko Zaw Lai’s apartment unknowing was Brownie’s farewell to us.
  • Brownie did not show up at the monthly 69er breakfast gathering at Royal Rose (Taw Win Hnin Si).
  • We learned that Brownie was in ICU and that the 69er Health Care Fund organizers would go and see him.
  • Ko Kyaw Zin took us (Ko Win Lwin, Ko Khin Maung Bo, …) to the ICU (at the Neuro Ward of RGH).
  • Brownie’s son, who is a medical doctor, said that Brownie was not ready for [another] operation.
  • We left with Samvegha that he could very well be No 61 (on Ko Aung Min’s GBNF list).
  • Ko Win Lwin told me to meditate and also “do something for yourself”.
  • I spent several days at the Kaba Aye Sun Lun Gu Kyaung as a temporary monk.
    Sayadaw U Wara (ChE70, GBNF) was my preceptor.
  • During that period, Brownie did not regain unconsciousness and succumbed.
  • My 69er friends notified Brownie’s demise to my siblings, but requested not to notify me at the monastery because they do not want to disrupt my meditation practice.

May Brownie be able to share my merits.

Ah Hmya, ah hmya, ah hmya.


  • Dr. Nyunt Wai wrote :
    Being my best friend since standard IV, I could write volumes about him.
    For now only two points:
    (1) my friend was called “ANyo” (Brownie) because he had much darker complexion compared with his elder brother (very fair complexion); this contrast repeated in the case of his two sons;
    (2) the brown brothers passed away years ahead of their fairer counterparts.
  • Aung Thu Yein wrote (about Ko Thein Swe’s post on the EE69 photo) :
    A Brilliant Effort.
    In fact it is a time frame.
    We’ll keep it as long as we live.
    And we want our offspring and relatives to keep it and pass it on.
    First our Metta to our Parents/Guardians.
    Then to our mentors whoever they are.
    Without them we’ll never be Smart Engineers.We were blessed to be in that group.
    And our Buddhist Philosophy.
    Some of us have left and we’ll follow them suit later or sooner.
    While we are breathing let us be together near or far.
    Carry on. Well done!
    Chan Thar Ko Sake Myare Bar Zay
  • The GBNF list for 69ers is #116 (as of December 20, 2021).
    About a third of the Class of 69.
    Sad and alarming.
  • Ko Ko Kyi wrote :
    Ko Aung Thu Yein was a colleague and a good friend of mine. We worked together in the oil industry in Burma. Met him again in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when he was working for GECO Schlumberger and I for PETRONAS. The last time I met him was in 2003 in Yangon.
  • Aung Kyaw Min wrote :
    U Aung Thu Yein was my very first mentor when I was recruited by Schlumberger in 1981. We were assigned to National Well Logging team of MOC in Yenangyaung at the time and two of us (he and I) stayed together at colonial-era built MOC guesthouse for several months spending many evening hours chatting, discussing or visiting his relatives in Gwegyo village until I moved to Schlumberger camp in Minbu early 1982. I learned a lot from him except the drinking as I have been a life long teetotaler. I met him last time in Yangon few months before he passed away while I was on vacation in Myanmar for a couple of weeks. He will always be in my heart as a GBNF.

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