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Oldest Rangoon University graduate passes away

Mizzima News – Former Myoma Girls’ High School Principal Saw Yin, 105, died at her residence on Cheng Chaung Avenue in Rangoon on Wednesday, January 26.

The wife of poet and academic Saya Zawgyi, who died in 1990,  she was born on March 13, 1906. She was the mother of Dr. Khin Hla Han, a historical researcher on the Yadanbon period, and the aunt of the late Rangoon University geography Prof. Dr. Tin Htoo (Boonki) and former physics Prof. Tin Oo Hlaing.

She graduated from Rangoon University with a bachelor degree in 1930 and a bachelor of education degree in 1934.  She taught at National High School, served as principal at Mandalay Buddhist Middle School and as a teacher at Myoma Girls’ High School until 1941 when she married Saya Zawgyi. They had three daughters.

From 1951 to 1962, she served as assistant editor at Sarpay Beikman and compiled school textbooks including Travel in Burma, Geography of Burma and Topography of Burma. She also wrote stories for children in Lonmalay magazine and Mingalmaungme, a periodical, under the  pseudonym Kyee Kyee Saw until the 1990s. Her Zarnime stories were popular among readers.

While she served as principal at Mandalay school, she and her husband served as mentors for U Hla and Ma Ahmar (writer Mya Myintzu).

Her body was cremated in ceremonies on Thursday at Yeway cemetery.


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