In 2008, the Old Boys' Association of St. Joseph’s Boys' High School, fondly referred to as the ‘OBA’, completed 90 years of its existence. From a humble beginning in 1918, the OBA has grown into a mammoth organization with representation all over the world. Over the years, chapters have existed at places as varied as Rangoon, Kenya, Dar-es-Salaam, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Chennai. Currently, chapters are alive at USA, Canada, Dubai and closer home at Kerala, Mangalore, Coorg and Goa.
Mighty Mighty Josephites
Greetings from the OBA!
The Managing Committee is pleased to present the November 2015 edition of the OBA Calling
Newsletter, the first of a series designed to provide a glimpse of activities of the OBA and School
to Old Boys in India and around the world. We present a summary of
Dr. Gerard Aranha (1960) - magnifico of medicine
Dr. Gerard Aranha of Loyola University has earned yet another round of plaudits
for his professional achievements. A surgical oncologist at the Loyola University
Medical Center in Maywood, IL, Gerard was counted among the magnificos of
medicine when he was named in August to Newsweek’s very exclusive List of Top
Cancer Doctors 2015.
Citation for Ragavendra R. Baliga
Recipient of the OBA Lifetime Achievement Award - 2015
Dr. Ragavendra R Baliga, MD, DNB, MBA, FACC, FACP, FRCP (Edin), is Professor of Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University and Associate Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.
The Presidential Address at the AGM held on September 6, 2015
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen:
I love to say this “I said this last year, and I shall say it agaayn”
I like to have a little drink before I speak, to dull the pain
In my throat, so I can be heard at the back, now that you are so many
Since you have made me an instrument of all your….money!
An Ode to Our Alma Mater
Proud are we to be alumni of St Joseph’s,
And for this we are all thankful to the founding father St. Ignatius,
It is because of the Brothers and Fathers Jesuit,
Every alumnus is an outstanding graduate.
The View from down the Road
I am a “dyed-in-the wool” Josephite; and so is Christopher Rego – Chris, from the batch of 1976 of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, is senior to me by 14 years. Both of us unabashedly acknowledge that we owe all of what we are today to that hallowed institution, a foundational and inspirational rock on which several young men
Giving back to school...
Memories of school always evoke sweet nostalgia for me - as it does with all our Josephites. Today I had come to school along with Dr Rajalaxmi and the team from Srishtilife. I had the good fortune of spending time with my juniors and it was nice to see hundreds More+
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Kerala 2015 Saturday 23rd May 2015
With 45 Josephites in attendance, along with their family members, the total strength at this meet
stood at 100. The meeting was called to order and commenced with the school song led by OBA
President Josephite Gopal Bengeri.
Event Report from OBA - USA Event: OBA - USA held its Reunion on August 31, 2014 at the Fairfax Lake Park in Reston, Virginia. Attendees: There were 33 attendees including Old Boys (from Batches 1977 through 2007) and some of their family members. More+
SJBHS OBA Connect Goa 2014, a blog by Jyotinath Ganguly (1975)
The first weekend in August is slotted for the Goa chapter of the Old Boys' Association of St Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore.
Citation for Robin Uthappa Recipient of the OBA Young Achiever of the Year Award – 2014
The Old Boys’ Association would like to recognize the achievements of Robin Uthappa. While better known facts are freely available on the internet, we wish to celebrate not just Robin the cricketer but also Robin the person.
Citation for Rahul Sarpeshkar Recipient of the OBA Lifetime Achievement Award - 2014
Rahul Sarpeshkar is a professor and scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he heads a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems. His bioengineering group creates novel wet DNA-protein circuits in living cells and also advanced dry nano-electronic circuits on silicon chips.
Inspiration of a lifetime
Old students fondly remember their favourite teacher, 95-year-old Alec Alvarez, who taught them at St Joseph’s Boys High School
School life at St Joseph’s Boys High School was typically reminiscent of wild pranks, homework, detention and our relationship with our teachers. While some inspired us, others brought out our mischievous side.
SJBHS OBA CONNECT – Goa 2014
'SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Goa 2014' was held on August 2 and 3 at the Chalston Beach Resort, Calangute. The event was attended by over 30 Old Boys and their families from different parts of the country.
The programme for the evening of the 2nd commenced with Registration and was followed up with live music and dinner. More+
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Kerala 2014
The fifth edition of the Kerala OBA Connect was held on 24th of May 2014 at the Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom.
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Coorg 2013
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Coorg 2013 was held on November 9, 2013 at the Bamboo Club, Pollibetta. The event was attended by as many as 55 Old Boys and their families, taking the attendance at the event to cross the 100 mark.
Registration for the event commenced at 5 p.m. and was followed by the AGM of the Coorg Chapter.
A Eulogy to Mr. Alec Alvarez
So here lies Mr. Alec Alvarez, suddenly quiet, all peaceful, leaving behind thousands who loved him, wondering why.
We were all looking forward to celebrating Sir Alec's hundredth Birthday later this year. Old boys and their OBA were making plans. The enthusiasm was palpable. After all he was the OBA's longest serving Secretary - for 17 years...
A Eulogy to Fr. Simon Furtado, SJ
16th of January this year was Tu B'Shevat the Jewish "New Year of the Trees" which falls on the 15th of Shevat of the Hebrew Calendar. The "Tu" is the hebrew equivalent of 15 namely ?? a combination of the hebrew letters tav and vav. It is the time when most fruit bearing trees in Israel are richly laden with its produce.
Subir Sachdev's OBA Lifetime Achievement Award
Subir Sachdev's OBA Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech (at the AGM on OBA Day, September 8, 2013).
Hundred years of the Glorious Past BY MR. F. X. PAUL, M.A., L.T.
THE saga of "The Sun never sets on the British Empire", may very truly on tbe applied to the fame of our College which its alumni have carried to every nook and corner of the World ; and if there is a sceptic, let him persue the Annuals published, which are full of letters, messages, and reminiscences of Old students.