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About Mrs. Rita Lonsdale (nee Johnson)

Mrs. Rita Lonsdale (nee Johnson)
Many of you will remember and been taught by Mrs. Rita Lonsdale (nee Johnson), our Respected MEHS General Science Teacher. Many of you who are in Medical & Surgical and Medical Research Careers today, probably took your first steps towards this, during the General Science Classes conducted by Mrs. Lonsdale.I am in touch with our respected teacher, who would love to hear from you. It is at Mrs. Lonsdale’s personal request and for her reasons that Ges, her son, has requested that all those wishing to contact, to please advise me. I will forward these to her via Ges.

Thanks, and my E-mail address is cecil@wagstaff.id.au

Cecil L. W. Wagstaff
July 26, 2009

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  1. Myo

    November 29, 2016

    Mrs. Rita Lonsdale (nee Johnson)
    Many of you will remember and been taught by Mrs. Rita Lonsdale (nee Johnson), our Respected MEHS General Science Teacher. Many of you who are in Medical & Surgical and Medical Research Careers today, probably took your first steps towards this, during the General Science Classes conducted by Mrs. Lonsdale.
    I am in touch with our respected teacher, who would love to hear from you. It is at Mrs. Lonsdale’s personal request and for her reasons that Ges, her son, has requested that all those wishing to contact, to please advise me. I will forward these to her via Ges.

    Thanks, and my E-mail address is cecil@wagstaff.id.au

    Cecil L. W. Wagstaff
    July 26, 2009

    I was in London for a year in the 1970s and visited with 8th Standard Teacher Miss Phyliss Tin, but was unable to locate Sayama Rita Johnson. Miss Rita Johnson was one of my favorite teachers and I clearly remember her “threshold of new life” farewell letter to MEHS students in 1960.

    My thanks to Cecil for finally locating her.

    Richard YuKhin
    August 1, 2009

  2. Myo

    November 29, 2016

    Dear Miss Johnson, or rather Mrs. Lonsdale,

    This is Winnie Tun Tin, one of your numerous students from MEHS, who owes you a lot of making Science such a wonderful subject, in the classroom and in the lab.

    Something has been prying on my mind all these years and I had no idea how or where to find you, until recently.

    I wonder if you remember the farewell tea party we had for you in the Assembly Hall? I was chosen to compose and read the farewell speech and to this day I have no idea why it had to be me, when there were others like Ashok Nath, Ronnie Bomanjee, Kyaw Kyaw Shane, Popsy Gale and many many others.

    It took me three whole days to write that little speech, where I had poured out all our love and admiration for you, not only as a teacher, but also as a beautiful, graceful, soft spoken person….. You know things like…..making Science, not a drudgery, but a joy……..and all that wonderful sentimental stuff.

    Unfortunately, I had decided to wear gloves that particular day…..Gloves, of all things and me dressed in Burmese. Oh, the vanity of youth!

    Well, I started warming up and got as far as the third page (there were about 9 more pages to go!!!) when I realised that I couldn’t turn the page anymore because of those darn gloves! I really got very flustered and there and then decided to end it and ad libbed a few more lines to finish it off.

    Miss Johnson, it was my maiden speech and I made a jolly good fool of myself. It was something I never forgot throughout my life and my face turns red even now as I think of it.

    Years later, I went on to become an announcer at the Burma Broadcasting Service and everytime I had to read the news, I had a hard time not to think of that day. Whenever that incident came to my mind, I started stuttering and tripping over the words. As things were, the news comes to us translated from Burmese at the last minute…..typed badly and with a lot of grammatical mistakes.

    Thank goodness, it was not television. Imagine the viewers seeing my red face all flushed with beads of perspiration pouring down, scratching my head in sheer desperation!!!

    And now, next year, at our MEHS reunion in Thailand, the committee has asked me to do a bit of MC-ing. A teeny weeny bit……or so they said. I’ll try not to think of you then, otherwise, I’ll make a blundering idiot of myself again.

    Please forgive me also for referring to you as Miss Johnson. For a lot of us, you were our Burmese Grace Kelly.

    Of course, we have all grown old……teachers and students alike, but the picture of you when you smile with that up turned nose and the warmth and love you put into your classes will always remain in our minds.

    Phew! I finally got it off my mind.
    I’m so thankful to Cecil for giving me this contact.
    Now I can tell myself that it’s no longer a guilty burden to carry around in my mind.

    With love and gratitude to one of the most wonderful teachers in my life,
    Warmest regards
    Winnie Tun Tin
    Class of 1959, but also part of 1958.

    PS:- As you may notice, I did not use the word ‘devotion’ in describing you and your teachings. I’m sure the rest of our MEHS will agree with me when I say that to be one of our teachers, be if for a day, for a week or for a life-time, you really must have a ‘devotion’ to your calling. Despite the fact that the rules were severe, we all tended to be a rowdy, boisterous, cheeky group…. but always united to this day, right into our second, (maybe third?), childhood.

    September 28, 2009

  3. Myo

    November 29, 2016

    It was my privilege and a pleasure to have had the ‘First Dance’ of MEHS Reunion 2011, with our respected teacher, Mrs. Rita Lonsdale (nee Johnson), which was ‘booked by me’, and in our Sayama’s ‘Dance Card’ in advance, once I knew that she was attending this Major Event. I am thrilled that Mrs. Lonsdale attended, flying all the way from the U.K, where she lives, to Las Vegas. I am sure we are all grateful for her attendance. On behalf of all your grateful students, Thank you so much, Sayama Lonsdale.

    Cecil L.W. Wagstaff
    September 11, 2011

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