My Vivacious Loyola
hOla! hOla!! hOla!!! Voila!!! Loyola!!! Congratulations!!!
It is with great delectation that I wish all the Loyoleans, a very exciting, enjoyable, extraordinary and erudite Diamond Jubilee Celebration. I have seen Loyola evolve from a single gender school to a Co-ed. school and witnessed its Silver turn into Gold and then into Diamond. Now, I ask of God to preserve its unique features for its Platinum jubilee and beyond.
On this occasion, I would appreciate if all my fellow Loyoleans - both students and faculty, share some of my pleasant experiences, contacts and events that I perceived during my continuous service period from 1954 to 1993. Right now, my position is just like the"Butter, Cheese and Salad" within a jumbo sandwich - encompassed by several stacks of sliced bread - bridging the Loyola of the 50s with the Loyola of the 90s and following it through its progress during the 60s, 70s and the 80s. The list of all the Loyoleans, whom I remember and genuinely wish to mention here, is really in astronomical proportions. It is as impossible to consider about all of them, as it is to enumerate and name all the stars in the sky. So, I will bring to your attention, especially the neo-Loyoleans, a profile of some luminaries, who still linger in my memories like the dim, blinking stars - many "light years" away from us - in the skies of Loyola.
A Profile of Mr. Rao - The First Registrar of Loyola
Mr. A. L. Narayana Rao, [Ayalasomayajula Lakshmi Narayana Rao], popularly known as Mr. Rao, was not only my male parent, but my hockey coach, my scout master, my English teacher and finally my honorable colleague in Loyola. Very few individuals in this World are lucky enough to have such unique grandeur as I have!
It was he, who played against me and taught me field hockey, from my boyhood days. People used say, "Rustom and Sohrab are on the field". It became my favorite game thus! He was a great Tennis player too. He was known for his powerful backhand drive! I had gone on several Scout camps with him, as a Boy Scout of Board High School, Yellamanchili, of which he was the Head Master for 35 years. There, he introduced many games, including Cricket and Baseball. He handled English for the students of VI th. Form [equivalent to the Xth Standard in Loyola] and I was lucky enough to be his student in 1947.
A Letter from Fr. Power
Dear Arrow Sinha Roy (Class of 1957) and my millions of friends in Jamshedpur and other parts of India,
It is 10 minutes all eleven a.m., Dec. 9, 2006. I sit in my room to write a letter to people whose faces and names are now fading into the dream of the past, the many years I spend in the lovely land of Singhbhum, in Jamshedpur and other places.
Those 43 years were the heart of my life but at age 87 my memory plays tricks on me and I have to struggle to recreate that dream world. Of course, soon, when I get to heaven, it will all come back and again all my old friends will join me there and our old memories will be sharp and it will all come back to us.
The Life of Father Hess
The following tribute to Father Hess has been taken from the book, One Man's Dream - A Million Kids' Beneficence, compiled and published by Rajat Bhatia along with a few of his other schoolmates from De Nobili School, FRI, Dhanbad. The proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to help needy children. Click on the link above for more about the book and how to purchase it.
The Early Life of Fr. Hess
Father Hess was born on 10 October, 1919 in Bayonne, New Jersey to David and Julia Hess. His Father, was a self-made civil engineer and a consultant to JP Morgan. David Hess was also a close friend of Mr. Rayens, the Chairman of AT&T and in the good old days, the young George Hess would visit the estate of Mr. Rayens on Long Island with his parents. It was this privileged lifestyle that Father Hess gave up to make the journey to Bihar as a Jesuit in 1952.
One Man's Dream - A Million Kids' Beneficence
One Man's Dream - A Million Kids' Beneficence is a book on De Nobili School and the life of Father Hess, written by Rajat Bhatia, a Nobilian. It is a photo-chronicle of the history of De Nobili School and the life of Father Hess.
The De Nobili School, FRI, Dhanbad was founded in 1956 by the same Jesuits who established Loyola School, Jamshedpur. Fr. F. X. McFarland was the founding Principal of De Nobili. Fr. George Hess, one the longest serving principals at Loyola, was the principal of the sibling school for 17 years. Fr. Kirsh established the physics labs there just like he had done it here in Loyola. The two schools have shared the same set of Jesuits, besides those named above, including Fr. T. Peacock, Fr. Hunt, Fr. E. Welch, Fr. Eugene Power, Fr. J. Keogh, Fr. H. Lobo, Fr. Eric Cassel, Fr. George Thana and Fr. Pius Fernandes.
Francis Fanthome's (CISCE) Message
Loyola School, Jamshedpur, today symbolises commitment to the attainment of all-round educational excellence.
The Golden Jubilee of the institution is, therefore, an occasion of much joy for us as we have been partners with the school over the past five decades in this endeavour.
Tata Steel MD's Message
I am delighted that Loyola School is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. The school has a strong connection with Tata Steel, since it was at the behest of our former Chairman, Mr. JRD Tata, that the American Jesuits of the Maryland Province, USA, came to Jamshedpur to set up a premier educational institution.
Arun Bhagat's Message
Loyola School completes 50 years in January 1997. It is significant that the Golden Jubilee of the School coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the freedom of our country. There is, therefore, just cause for jubilation that Loyola School, which started with just a few students in 1947, has now more than 2300 students on the rolls.
It gives me great joy to offer congratulations to the School — the students, the teachers and the administration on the occasion of its Golden jubilee. A school is a place where the God-given talents in the students are recognised, nurtured, and led to flourish and fructify.