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Visit of Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham

The Reverend John Thaigarajah Arulanantham (13 May 1897 – 21 June 1964) was a Ceylonese priest and teacher. He was the Principal of St. John's College, Jaffna from 1940 to 1957. His son, Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham is a physician currently practicing in California. He received his medical degree from the University of Colombo Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for 50 years.

He specializes in Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. He is also the Medical Director of Antelope Valley Community Clinic.

On 12.01.2016, he paid a visit to his Alma Mater, St. John’s College, Jaffna. He visited the grave of his father and laid a wreath on his tombstone.
Image Alignment 150x150He was escorted to Peto Hall where the students had gathered for a special assembly. The Principal introduced the ‘guest’ as ‘One of the greatest and most distinguished old boys from the United States.’ The Principal went on to say that Dr. Karunyan:

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He said that not only Dr.Karunyan, but his entire family, especially his siblings are ever willing to support the programmes at St. John’s. His family helped in the construction of the Music Room – in remembrance of his mother who was a Music teacher.

The College organizes a Birthday Celebration for Old Boys annually. Since Dr. Karunyan was in his 70’s, he was given a Gold Medal by the Principal.
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Principal invited the eminent old boy to the lectern. Dr. Karunyan had the following to say.

Blessing everyone present, he stepped down from the lectern. The College Hymn brought the assembly to an end. After the assembly, the entourage went towards the new Computer Lab.

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On the way, the Principal and Dr.Karunyan stopped to speak to a few students who were seated on the Pavilion. Coincidentally, it was the Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham Stand – the Pavilion built in recognition of Dr.Karunyan’s role in supporting and sustaining the College. This structure stands as a token of appreciation for all the help Dr. Karunyan and the Arulananthams have rendered to the College.

Dr.Karunyan Arulanantham declared open the new IT lab by cutting the ribbon after prayers by the Manager of the School and Archdeacon of Jaffna, the Rev. S.J.Jeyaveerasingan.

The College is greatly indebted to his family for everything they have done and for everything they continue to do. May God continue to bless them.

‘’I will bless you . . . and you will be a blessing to others” (Genesis 12:2 NLT).

 


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