Mr Lopez's second home in Sarikei.
r Manuel Lopez was borned in Ernakulam, Kerala, India on 1oth May 1926 (which means he's 81 years old this year). He's the 3rd son of a family of eight kids. He studied at Maharaja College in Ernakulam. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Madras in 1950, majoring in Chemistry. His subsidiary subjects were Physics and Maths.
Preparation Room, 1974. Physics equipment and Chemistry solutions
In 1959, he obtained his B.T. (not sure what's this acronym) degree from University of Kerala. He underwent training at the Government Training College, Tellicherry. Between 1950-1962, he taught at St Albert's High School, Ernakulam and Holy Family High School, Kottayam.
Mr Lopez wired up in the Preparation Room, 1974.
Find the current and voltage measuring meters.
More resistance, less current.
He came to Sarikei in 1962 (very likely recruited by Fr Rottinghuis via the Catholic parish network in India) and joined St Anthony's School's staff on 1 April, 1962. He is a very dedicated teacher and earned the respect of Sarikei people. It also helped that he's a charismatic guy. (source: 1981 Anthonian). In the late 70's, he was knocked down in an accident and his hospital ward was full of visitors.
You could often see him coming in and out of his office which was essentially the preparation room between the Physics and Chemistry labs in the 1960 built Science Block which is the last legacy block still standing today. He has an assistant who prepared all the things needed for the experiments in the classes. Does anyone recall that lady's name (big eyes with ponytail)?
At the end of 1980 (at age 54), he was asked to retired by the Ministry of Education after 18 years at St Anthony's. On 2nd Feb, 1981, at the school assembly, an announcement was made about his retirement. This piece of news caused shock waves around Sarikei as he is a very highly respected teacher. Ex-Anthonians quickly arranged a farewell dinner for him as he would be leaving in a week's time. The 1981 Form 5 class also organised a farewell party themed "We Love you More Than We Can Say" at the Domestic Science block with food from Ah Kow's restaurant. (source: 1981 Anthonian and Wang Yun's Chinese article in Anthonian 1984)
Farewell at Rejang River wharf: Feb 1981
On 10 Feb, 1981, lots of well wishers saw him off at the Rejang Wharf. He is now retired in a small city called Hubli in Karnataka, India which is about 6-8 hours from the IT capital of India, Bangalore. (source: Shirley Titus)
Mr Lopez in a tie (not his usual attire in the lab), 1981
Why do Sarikei people love him so much? Well, let's just say there's chemistry between him and the Swallow Town, Sarikei.
Update: Mr Lopez passed away on 16 Nov 2013 at the age of 87.