With contributions by U Myint Lwin (SPHS66), U Khin Maung Zaw (SPHS70), Dr. Thiha Win (SPHS70), Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS60), Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS63), Dennis Mackey (St. Pat)
Group Photo of SPHS Sayas and Sayamas
We still have several names missing in the group photo. Please add comments if you know the names of the sayas and sayamas.
Seated : xx, Bro. Felix, xx, Bro. Peter, Bro. Edmund, Bro. Gerald, xx, Bro. Charles, xx
2nd row : Ms. Amelia Kyi (Miss Hong Kong) 5th from left; Ms. A Benjamin 4th from right
3rd row : Mrs. Fernandez far right
4th row : Saya Ah Mann 3rd from left; Saya Sein 4th from left; Mrs. Violet Boudville 7th from left;
5th row : Saya Timms 3rd from left; Saya U Aye 8th from left;
6th row : Saya Johnny Myo far right; Mr. Day 5th from right
High School Sayas
- The Brother Directors rotate among the De La Salle Schools (St. Paul’s in Rangoon, St. Peter’s in Mandalay, St. Albert’s in Maymyo, etc.)
- Brother Hubert was the Director when I joined Std IV(D). He was also the Director when we were in Std. X(A).
- Other Brother Directors at St. Paul’s include Brother Edmund, Brother Felix and may be Brother Peter.
- Brother Urban was Sub-Director for several years.
- In our Matriculation class, Brother Austin was the Class Teacher. He also taught English and “Morals and Manners”. He also served as the School Librarian. He later moved to either St. Peter’s or St. Albert’s.
- Saya C. Lewis was the relieving English teacher.
- Saya U Sein (father of Dr. Soe Win) taught Burmese.
- Saya U Nyunt Maung was the relieving Burmese teacher.
- Brother Clementian (see the next picture) taught Mathematics. His funeral service probably had one of the longest queue of cars. Some had not left the SPHS compound, when the hearse had reached the Tamwe Cemetery. He was a former Brother Director, who continued teaching.
- Saya U Kyaw Khin and Saya U Hla Min (RUBC Gold) were the relieving Mathematics teachers.
- Saya Beatson taught Physics. Saya is now a monk.
- Saya U Hla Myint was the relieving Physics teacher.
- Saya DeCruz taught Chemistry. Saya moved to Australia.
- Brother Joseph (later Father Joseph) would demonstrate in the lab. He would later move to St. Patrick’s.
- The Elder Brother Edmund was Brother Director when we were in Std. V(D). He was killed by Wilfred Boudville, but the Brothers pardoned Wilfred.
- I do not know what the younger Brother Edmund taught.
- Brother Clementian taught us Mathematics in Std. X(A). He was a former Brother Director. He would not let the Brother Director and his assistants come near his class.
- Brother Xavier taught us English in Std. VII(A) and Std. IX(A). He was also the Class teacher for Std. IX(A). He later moved to St. Albert’s in Maymyo.
- Saya U Sein taught us Burmese in Std. IX(A) and Std. X(A).
- Saya Lewis taught English for a different section. He was a relieving Saya for our class.
- Saya Chapman taught English for a different section. He wrote several books for quick study.
- Saya U Htwe and Saya U Htay Myint (Padetha Tuition) mainly taught Arts subjects. U Htay Myint wrote notes for History.
- Brother Anthony was our Class teacher in Std. VIII(A).
- Saya Johnny Myo (older brother of Peter Myo) taught Mathematics in other sections. He was a relieving teacher for our class.
- Saya U Nyunt Maung taught Burmese in Std. VIII(A). He can teach several subjects.
- Saya U Kyaw Sein (brother-in-law of Saya U Sein) was Class teacher of a different section in Std. VII.
- Saya Beatson taught us Physics in High School. Several years back, Saya Beatson, Saya U San Thein and Brother Anthony were the only teachers left from our time. Saya Beatson is now a monk.
- We were not taught by Brother Henry Peter and Saya U Tun Shein.
According to Dennis Mackey (C73), Brother Henry Peter was one of his teachers at St. Patrick’s in Moulmein.
- Saya Timms is the father of Lawrence Timms (IM, Old Croc).
- Saya U Aye, Saya U San Thein and Saya U Kyaw Oo were Class Teachers for other sections of Std. VII.
- [Dr. KMU] Saya U Aye is a very nice, soft spoken, confirmed bachelor who lives with his mother, and teaches History to our class of VII(A) (and perhaps Geography also to other classes).
- Saya U Pe Tin was our Burmese teacher in Std. V(D) and our Class teacher in Std. VI(D).
- Saya U Nge was our Class teacher in Std. VII(D).
- The Standards mentioned are for our batch. They might not match the Standards mentioned in the photos (which are taken later). Some Sayas (e.g. U Pe Tin) were promoted to teach higher classes.
My Class Teachers
- IV(D) : Ms. A Benjamin
- V(D) : Mrs. Violet Boudville (Mother of Richard G Boudville)
- VI(D) : Saya U Pe Tin
- VII(D) : Saya U Nge
- VIII(A) : Brother Anthony
- IX(A) : Brother Xavier
- X(A) : Brother Austin
Those who attended SPHS from KG or Std I will probably know more names of the teachers.
Std VIII (A)
- Brother Felix (Brother Director)
- Brother Anthony (Class Teacher)
- Brother Xavier
- Saya Sein
- Saya Nyunt Maung
- Saya Beatson
Some chose to become Engineers
- Hla Min
- Khin Maung Bo (Alan)
- Aung Thu Yein (Brownie, GBNF)
- Uzin Aung Chaw (Victor)
- Than Win
- Tin Tun
- Than Htay
- Caesar Yang
- Maung Maung Kyi
- Kyaw Wynn
Some chose to become
- Medical doctors
Khin Maung U, Myo San, Nyunt Wai, Thein Wai, Win Kywe, Orlando Thein
- Army officers
Aung Khin, Han Tun
Edwin David, Bernard Taylor
Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint
Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS60) stood Sixth in the Matriculation of 1960. He missed the top five spots by a mark each. The Brothers were disappointed although 20+ SPHS students received Collegiate Scholarship.
He worked at the Rangoon Children’s Hospital an taught Pediatrics. He was forced to resign for his involvement in 8-8-88 protest.
He worked for
- UNICEF Myanmar for two years
- China for two years
- Bangladesh for six years
- Oskistan for three and a half years
- Three and a half years in the Pacific based in Fiji
After retirement, he moved to Canberra, Australia.
He considers me as a member of his family. Our parents were Dhamma friends. He took care of the health of my then-young sons.
He was organizer of the “Alumni of the Medical Institutes in Myanmar”.
He added insightful comments to my Trivia posts. Some are about his father and six siblings. Some are about names of notable Burmese professionals.
I re-posted a few of his blogs : one about U Tin Tut and another about his bright classmates and students.
Dr. Nyunt Wai
- Dr. Nyunt Wai (Victor Nyunt, SPHS63) stood 4th in the whole of Burma in the Matriculation of 1963.
- He served as Professor of Physiology.
- He has compiled a list of Professors of Physiology.
- He worked in Malaysia.
- After his second retirement, he is spending time on his hobbies : writing and painting.
- He writes articles and poems.
- He plans to publish a book by the end of 2019.
- He illustrated one of the books by Ashin Ananda (Laureate Poet).
- He suggested a list of names to be covered.
- He also added entries to my posts about names.
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. Khin Maung U
The following is Dr. Khin Maung U’s work experience (in reverse chronological order) :
(1) Clinical Reviewer and Senior Medical Officer at U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(2) Assistant Professor and Physician at Johns Hopkins University
(3) Associate Professor, Physician at Hahnemann University Hospital
(4) Head, Clinical Research Division at Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health
(5) Clinical demonstrator at Institute of Medicine 1, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)
(6) 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).
He was selected Lu Ye Chun for several years at the Institute of Medicine (1).
He 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).
His spouse Dr. Nyunt Nyunt Wai (Amy Hla Maung) did her DCH (Diploma in Child Health).
Their daughter Nilar is a medical doctor in the USA.
His younger brothers (Khin Maung Than, Khin Maung Win …) are Paulians.
He has his own blog on Medical Research Reports (about 80+ reports). He has presented selected medical research papers for the lay person.
Earlier, he also wrote and translated articles on Dhamma and acted as an interpreter at the Dhamma Talks and Meditation Retreats.
Dr. Nyan Taw
Dr. Nyan Taw (Dicky, SPHS63) matriculated from SPHS. He studied at RASU and 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
Dr. Nyan Taw (Dicky, SPHS63), Soe Nyunt, …
Std. VIII B
He played football with Myo Nyunt (Harry Kyaw), Phillip Ba Maung (GBNF) and other friends from SPHS and MEHS.
He attends dinner gatherings hosted by Old Paulians.
Dr. Soe Win
Dr. Soe Win (SPHS58) is the son of Saya Sein and the nephew of Saya Kyaw Sein.
He stood first in the Matriculation in 1958. Robert Sein (SPHS58) was second in Burma.
Saya studied Chemistry Honors. He received his doctorate from the University of London.
Saya retired as Rector from YUFL (Yangon University of Foreign Languages).
In 2018, Saya Dr. Soe Win and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin celebrated their 48th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations.
Additional pictures have been posted by their sons.
It is a time honored tradition to pay respect to one’s parents, mentors and elders. Garawa can be performed at any time.
Thadingyut is one occasion where most Burmese pay respect to their elders. In our younger days, some come to our parent’s house with BOC candles, bananas, or token items of gratitude.
Several former students (mostly retired Professors) paid respect to Saya Dr. Soe Win and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin.
Dr. Soe Win wrote :
It’s absolutely amazing how you put together your Trivia (now up to 1537) with accuracy, correct timing and up-to-date. It’s not enough to say you are a walking encyclopedia. I enjoy and benefited by your Trivias as do many others. Thank you.
U Myint Sein
U Myint Sein attended Private Primary Boundary Road School (PPBRS) before moving to St. Paul’s High School (SPHS). He matriculated in 1964 and studied B.Com at the Institute of Economics (IE). He is a cousin brother of U Nyunt Tin (M70, RIT Table Tennis).
He served as Principal of BARB (Burma Astro Research Bureau). He taught Medical Astrology at the School of Indigenous Medicine (Taing Yin Saya Pyinnya) in Mandalay. He later founded “Idea Astrology”.
He is GBNF.
Paulians displaying SPHS Coats
- Ko Myint Swe
- Ko Win Thein
- Ko Myint Toe
- Ko Tin Maung Maung Than (Edward Than Maung)
- Ko Maung Maung Myint
- Ko Kyaw Sein Hla
Two Paulians from SPHS 64
In the Matriculation of 1964, Dr. Cherry Hlaing (Than Than Tin) and Dr. Lyn Aung Thet had the highest marks. They are considered Joint First in the examination.
The controversial ILA system was used to admit students to the Universities and Institutes. Dr. Cherry Hlaing who had an ILA score of 50 was admitted as the Top student to IM(1). She was also selected Tekkatho Luyechun for Inlay Khaung Daing Camp in the summer of 1965.
Dr. Lyn Aung Thet had four distinctions, but his Burmese scores were not high enough to get the perfect ILA score of 50. He was an multi-athlete and led IM(1) in Swimming and Water Polo. He was elected Luyechun in a subsequent year.
Dr. Aung Win (Lam Peng Chiong, SPHS64) was a few marks behind Dr. Cherry Hlaing and Dr. Lyn Aung Thet. So, many consider him to be Third in Matriculation (based on marks). But, he also had an ILA of 50 and was admitted to IM(2) as Roll Number One (top student).
An Indian student was Fourth.
Dr. Min Lwin (Maurice Hla Kyi, SPHS64) was Fifth. He was admitted to IM(2) as Roll Number Two.
Where are they now?
- They were my class mates at SPHS (Saint Paul’s High School).
- I have not heard from them (most for a very long time).
- Hope they are alive and well.
Alfred Lunn Maung
He was a close friend of Edmund Ba Thin in our middle school days.
He was one of the three classmates who had plans to become Catholic Priests.
Aung Kyee Myint
He was selected Tekkatho Luyechun from Yezin (Agricultural Institute) for the Inlay Khaung Daung Camp in 1965.
A S Soni
He and Dave S Saluja were the two well known Sikhs in our class.
He did missionary work in the Philippines before moving back to Upper Burma. I once received a short message on the Internet, but have not heard from him since.
Edmund Ba Thin
He is the elder brother of Tin Latt who rowed for Ye Gyaung Lu Nge. He is a close friend of Alfred Lunn Maung.
He took Matriculation as an external candidate along with San Maung (Robert Kyi).
Edward Hla Shwe (1)
His father owned a Photo Studio and was one of the contractors for taking Group Photos of the classes. An unmounted Class Photo sold for one kyat. The mounted version sold for One Kyat and Fifty pyas.
Several years ago, I met him at his “Myet Hman (glasses)” shop on Sule Pagoda Road. The shop later relocated.
Edward Hla Shwe (2)
He was one of the classmates who were allowed to leave early on Fridays.
Han Kan Paw
He was from Chin Hills.
He was one of tallest guys in our class. His family manufactured Snow White Makeup.
Some would try to remember KCL as Potassium Chloride. It stands for Khai Chin Liang.
Khin Maung Khine
I am not sure why he received the nickname “Nga Ye Min Tha”.
Khin Maung Kywe
He excelled in Track and Field, and Soccer.
Khin Maung Lin (Saw Lin)
He was named Saw Lin because he was born in Nattalin. He became a medical doctor.
His younger brother was named Saw Pun because he was born in PaPun. Both renamed “Saw” to “Khin”.
He was close with Patrick Das and Sammy Bi.
Malcolm Maung Maung
He became known as Zi Wa Mya Zaw (Distinguished Tuition Saya for Biology). His parents and siblings operated Recording Studios.
Maung Maung Thaung
He gave his address as 51, Pho Myay Lann.
He is the elder brother of Bo Bo Oo (Oscar, M71).
He is close with Michael Oo.
He was called “Lay Lone”. He attended the I.Sc.(A) held at SPHS.
He was a member of the Marching Band along with Win Maung. He became a medical doctor.
He was an organizer for games at Lunch Break.
His younger sister is the spouse of Ko Maung Maung Gyi (SPHS64, UCC).
He was close with Patrick Das and Jonathan Swamy.
San Maung (Robert Kyi)
He took Matriculation as an external candidate along with Edward Chow.
He is the son of Pantanaw U Khant and nephew of United Nations Secretary General U Thant.
He is a cousin of Win Maung. He studied Engineering.
Than Win (Henry Wong)
There were two Than Win. The other Than Win studied Engineering,
During our Std IV (D), he was the Champion for Track & Field in the Midget class.
There were two Tommy Aung. He majored in Physics. The other Tommy Aung (aka Tun Tun Aung) studied Medicine.
Tommy Chit Maung (Naing Win)
He is the son of Widura Thakin Chit Maung.
Many years ago, he was a Tuition Saya.
He is a cousin of Than Htay. He was a member of the Marching Band. He studied Medicine.
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). Recently, 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.
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 Paing (SPHS54) is a medical doctor.
His early assignment was Malaria Campaign.
He is a Champion golfer.
- Saya U Soe Paing (SPHS56) won a Collegiate Scholarship in the Matriculation examination of 1956.
Saya studied BS and MS in EE (Electrical Engineering) at Stanford University in the USA.
Upon his return, he joined the EE Department at RIT as Assistant Lecturer. He transferred to UCC as Systems Manager.
Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe founded UCC with the help of Saya U Soe Paing, Saya U Myo Min and Saya U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF).
Saya received an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton in the UK.
Saya worked for UN projects in several countries. He wrote “Computer Ah Sa UCC Ga” and his experiences as a States Scholar and UN Advisor.
After retirement, Saya spent time playing golf and practicing vipassana meditation. Saya suffered back pain and had a minor surgery in Singapore. Saya had to stop playing golf for a while.
During his UCC days, Saya served as a Golf Correspondent. I helped Saya type about the competition at RGC (Rangoon Golf Club) and BGC (Burma Golf Club) and submit to the English newspapers.
- U Win Paing (SPHS64) won several Golf Championships with his younger brother U Kyaw Paing.
After finishing the finals for ChE (Chemical Engineering) examination in 1970, he entered monkhood with his friend U Aung Min.
He was a Taik Oke for several decades.
He is currently Chief Resident Monk of KabaAye Sunlun Gu Kyaung Sayadaw. He is known as Sayadaw U Wara.
- U Kyaw Paing (SPHS67) represented Burma in the Putra Cup.
He is a lawyer and an entrepreneur.
U Khin Maung Zaw (EC76) wrote :
For number of years, I was the carrier-cum-postman to bring Saya U Soe Paing’s typed golf news to the WPD, Working Peoples’ Daily at Theingbyu Street! Just one of the chores I had in those days.
I remember jokingly asked Sayadaw U Wara how he felt seeing the (18th??) hole over the fence from the Sunlun Kyaung’s “Thein”. The new golf course was built for VIPs inside Kabaaye, and that particular hole was seen from the “Thein” less than 40-50 yards, of course over the fence.
- 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
U Aung Kyaw Myint (Eddie Shein)
Aung Kyaw Myint (Eddie Shein) is alumni of SPHS and RIT. His daughter Thiri Soe is now FRACGP.
Frank Gale (Khin Maung Zaw, SPHS63) wrote :
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.
Frank’s mother passed away in 2020.
Dr. Myo San (Freddie Ba San)
Dr. Myo San (Freddie Ba San, SPHS 63, GBNF) 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.