Tributes to our Beloved
Teacher: Mrs. Dorothy Alverez
To all you Josephites, who responded
to the sickness of Mrs. Dorothy Alverez and support to Alec Alverez,
Date: 11th Feb, 1998, Messages of Condolence and Rememberance
will be posted here. Also the two tributes read out by Gregory (Bonnie)
deNazareth and Santosh Naidu at the Funeral Service.
A brief of the Funeral Church Service on Wednsday 11th Feb, 98 at
9.00 a.m. sharp:
Priests: Fathers, Hedwig Dacosta (gave homily - sermon) , Ronnie Prabhu
(Rector), John Michael (Present Principal), Hilary Pereira (Old Principal
& present Warden of the Hostel, gave a short talk before Mass), Louie
Mascarenhas (90 plus! He blessed the body at the house of Mr. Alverez).
Mass well attended by old boys and their spouses, not to sure if any photos
were taken ( for a change I sang in the choir, which was led by Alan Calasco,
Mrs Lynn, her son and young Mrs. Lynn, Mrs. Hedwig Rego and Linsey Rego,
and friends). Mr. Alverez was the usual cool person, every move of his
calculated and with a purpose. He has accepted the situation so wonderfully.
I had been to see him last night (10th Feb) and he with his usual care
for the "Old Boys" asked me if I had sent the messages to all
the regions of UK, US, Australia and Canada. I am sure some of you would
have got my mail or even a repeat, sorry for the trouble, but I felt it
was a duty that we owed to Mr. & Mrs. Alverez to inform all Josephites
about the loss of one of the best loved teachers of St. Joseph's in all
time. I had to rush back to work after Mass and am not sure about the Burial
proceedings. Will let you all know the location and details. Sorry, some
of you did receive the wrong internet address of 2090 instead or 2960 so
something, but it was in a hurry, please forgive me. Mr. Alverez was quite
happy with the support he received from the many calls from the "Overseas"
oldboys who called him on phone. Obituary notices were in the Deccan Herald
from the Family and the Old Boys. I will shortly be putting up the
photographs of Mr. & Mrs. Pereira as well as Mr. & Mrs Alverez,
and slowly Mr. & Mrs. Luke D'souza and Mr. Percy D'silva, as and when
Joe Demello can dig them out from the Old Boy Archives.
Warm regards, and always to serve you Josephites, maintaining this OBA
Tribute Page, is my way of giving back to all, what I got from my teachers,
share what you have.
Tribute paid by Old Boy, Santosh Naidu at the
Funeral Service in St. Patrick’s Church on 11th February, 1998.
Long ago - 44 years to be precise, I., like many other little boys entered
the portals of the then St. Joseph’s European High School to join the II
Std. Mrs. Dorothy Alveres was my first teacher. After a naive early childhood
at St. Anthony’s we were nervous entering this august institution. But
there was Mrs. Alveres welcoming us, making us feel absolutely at home.
She was always immaculately dressed and groomed but that didn’t diminished
the personal interest she took in each one of us, guiding us to be responsible
Our experience with the now outdated dipping pen were often disturbing.
Invariably, we splashed ink on the page. But never mind! There was Teacher
with her special eraser, repairing the ink stains and giving the defaced
page the final touches with those beautifully manicured finger nails.
Our school concerts were memorable, with her guiding and encouraging
us at every stage. Being a make-up artist par excellence , she would minister
to our puckering lips with a gentle tap on our cheeks, encouraging those
of us cast in the role of girls to bear with the discomfort, reassuring
us that it would be over soon. And, when it was finished, there she was,
hugging us for putting up a great performance. There are many more instances
her students would want to relate.
Supported by a loving and understanding husband, Teacher and Sir were
truly the “Made for Each Other” couple of those days. Both of them were
supreme role models to us at two crucial stages in our lives.
Teacher has taught even 3 generations in the same family. For example,
Zaki Khaleeli, his father and grandfather. Old Boys have always been special
guests at the Alveres home. Teacher’s graciousness and personalised love
were always elevating.
On behalf of all the Old Boys world-wide who have experienced her nurturing
touch, her compassionate heart, I pay unconditional tribute to our exemplary
We thank you, darling Teacher. You have lived your life in a way most
pleasing to the Lord and today, He says to you: “You are like Light for
the whole world. You built your house on rock. You sowed your seeds in
good soil. Welcome to the Eternal Kingdom I have prepared for you.”
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Subject: Bangalorean passes away
Hello All, Just to inform you of the demise of Mrs. Dorothy Alverez,
wife of Alec Alverez and ex-teacher of St. Joseph's Boys High School, Bangalore,
on 10th Feb Tues, details http://www.oocities.com/Athens/2960/oba.htm
Incase there are any Old Boys on the India List and Families that know
them. Also the passing away of Mrs. Michael, the mother of Hedwig Rego,
M.P. on Saturday 7th Feb. Request is made to inform anybody you know who
was connected with St. Joseph's Bangalore Thanks Ronnie
From: "Sujay A. D'Souza" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Mrs. Dorothy Alverez
passes away Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 05:03:43 -0600
Do you still need me to do it as I just noticed you managed to get a
bulletin on infophil, Sujay
Original Message- From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Sujay A. D'Souza
<email@example.com> Date: Tuesday, February 10, 1998 4:55
AM Subject: Mrs. Dorothy Alverez passes away
>Hello Sujay, >Just to inform you and fellow old boys of the demise
of Mrs. Dorothy >Alverez, >wife of Alec Alverez, ex-teacher of St.
Joseph's .on 10th Fen Tues. >for >details and condolence: http://www.oocities.com/Athens/2960/oba.htm
> >Can you please do me a favour as it is a little difficult from
here >in Bangalore, to >go to infophil.com and open the oba page,
and inform as many old boys >who have e-mails. > >thanks >
>rgds >ronnie johnson >class: 1966 > > >-- > >E-mail
sent using World Alumni Net http://www.alumni.net
From: "Ramprakash, Premkumar" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "'email@example.com'" Subject: Mrs Dorothy Alvarez
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 08:59:23 -0500
Dear Mr. Alvarez : It is with much sadness I note that Mrs. Alvarez
is no longer with us. When I visited both of you last year in July I remember
the long conversation that I had with both of you . I also remember that
due to the electrical cuts and the lights being out in Blore the previous
night that Mrs. Alvarez had suffered a small cut on her forehead . Today
is a very sad day for all us, the three brothers who passed through your
hands . I have informed Harimohan , my eldest brother who should be getting
in touch with you shortly . Please accept our heart felt condolences
Your Obedient Students
Premkumar Ramprakash (USA) Premkumar Harimohan (USA) Premkumar Ulhas
From: Fred Devas <FREDD@interwood.com>
Subject: Condolences for Mrs Alvarez Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 10:32:57
Dear Mr Alvarez, Sorry to hear about the passing away of Mrs Alvarez.Please
accept my heartfelt sympathies and condolences.We shall keep her foremost
in our thoughts and prayers.
Yours in Sorrow
From: Fred Devas <FREDD@interwood.com>
Subject: Condolences for Mrs Alvarez Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 10:43:21
Dear Mr Alvarez Sorry to hear about the passing away of Mrs Alvarez.
Our thoughts and prayers will always be with her Heartfelt Condolences
and Deepest Symathies
Victor,William and Albert Shaw
From: Fred Devas <FREDD@interwood.com>
Subject: Condolences for Mrs Alvarez Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 10:54:17
Dear Mr Alvarez Sorry to hear about the passing away of Mrs Alvarez.
Our Heartfelt Condolences and Deepest Sympathies are with you She will
always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers
St Josephs Old Boys In Canada & Committee Members Of OBA (Canada)
Doug Peters,George Morris,Chris Rai,Fabian Correira,Vince Noronha,Fred
From: ray dsilva <dsilvar@ohsu.EDU> X To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Alverez, Please accept my condolences on the passing of your wife,
Dorothy. She remains vivid in my memory and will always be a positive influence
in my life. Thank you for all you and your wife contributed to my life.
Raymond D'Silva email@example.com
From: Suresh B Thirunavukarasu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Mrs. Dorothy Alverez
I've relayed the message to a couple of folks. It was extremely kind
of you to have posted the message on the Alumini bulletin.
From: "Harimohan, Premkumar NAN02" <Premkumar.Harimohan@nan02.usace.army.mil>
To: 'Ronnie Johnson'
Ronnie: We are all very sad to hear of Mrs. Alvarez's passing away.
How will our teacher carry on. I'll write to him tonight. Hari
From: "Leslie J. Machado" <email@example.com>
Subject: Msg to Alvy Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 18:57:01 -0800
Dear Mr Alvarez,
My hearfelt condolenses to you on the passing of Mrs Alvarez. She was
my 4th Std teacher in 1972 and had the very unique distinction of teaching
both me and my Dad (Denis Machado)....thats quite something! I am sure
she will be rewarded with a place with her creator. Wishing you all God's
blessings during moments like these. Both you and Mrs Alvarez have made
an amazing contribution in shaping the lives of thousands of young students
now grown up men. With deepest regards and heartfelt sympathy,
Leslie Machado Cerritos (Los Angeles) California, USA.
From: Derek DCruz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Bangalorean passes away To: Ronnie Johnson
Thank you very much for letting us know this.
Could you pass on the condolences of Derek D'Cruz and family to Mr.
Alvarez. He will be devasted, even though she has been sick for some time,
its such a big thing when someone close to us leaves the body.
From: Ram Akella <akella@leland.Stanford.EDU>
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org CC: akella@leland.Stanford.EDU,
Subject: Deepest regrets and condolences
Dear Mr. Alvarez:
Janaki and I would like to express our deepest regret. One was always
struck by Mrs. Alvarez's sincerity, warmth, and enthusiasm as a teacher
and a person. By hindsight, she had a youthful innocence that one rarely
sees in these degenerate days. She was a truly wonderful person, and we
will all miss her. We feel for you, and no words can express our sense
of shared loss, or the anguish we feel at your losing a life-long companion.
She looked fragile when we last saw her, but we still hoped...
"Our hands and God's........".
Ram and Janaki Akella ( A. Ramakrishna, 1970)
From: Raza Abdulla <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Mrs. Dorothy Alverez Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 12:23:00 +0400
Very sorry to hear about the sad demise of Dorothy, I can still remember
the mild & gentle always smiling teacher as we entered the primary
section in class 4. I went through Mrs Dias class but still remember Dorothy
very well. It has been ages since I last saw her, was she unwell hope the
end was peaceful. May God grant her a place in heaven. It is rather unfortunate
that today's generation will very rarely come across Teacher's of the class
& calibre that Dorothy was. Our thoughts are with you & will most
certainly look you up during my next trip to Bangalore. May God give you
the strength & courage to overcome these difficult times. Warm Regards
From: "Oosman Abdulla" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Mrs. Dorothy Alvarez Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 03:15:51 -0500
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the demise of Dorothy Alvarez.Please
convey my condolences to Mr. Alec Alvarez.
From: "George Morris" email@example.com
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 01:37:55 +0000 Subject:
Re: Demise of Mrs. Dorothy Alvarez, Per kind favour of Ronnie Johnson -
Dear Mr. Alvarez,
Our heartfelt condolences on your very sad loss. Very fresh in my memory
is our recent visit to your home and the very warm feelings we experienced.
What was remarkable was the wonderful humour & wit that Mrs. Alvarez
displayed that morning. We shall remember her in our Prayers.
George Morris & Family
From: "Tareq Sabha" <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Condolence Message to Alec Aalvarez
Dear Mr. Alvarez, I was very sorry to hear of the sad demise of your
dear wife and my dear teacher Dorothy Alvarez. May the Good Lord bless
her soul and grant her a place in Heaven. May the Good Lord give you the
patience to endure this loss and see you through this painful event with
courage. Amen.I am sure not sure if you remember me, I flunked miserably
in Physics, when you came to me and said , you had better go in the commerce
batch, the Good Lord has been kind & I am doing well. I have been settled
in the USA since 1977, I would like to hear from you, I have been in touch
with Jimmy and attended the first OBA meeting in Las Vegas. My address
is as follows: Tanweer Ahmed Papa , 12306 Cherokee Lane, Leawood Ks. 66209.
My E Mail address is ICMI@msn.com
Once again my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Your student , Tanweer Papa
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 12:15:20 +1100 From: Rodney Deworsop <email@example.com>
To: Ronnie Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Mrs. Alverez Passes away
From all of the Old Boys and their families in Melbourne Australia.
We would like to pass our condolences to Alec and his family in Bangalore
regards the sudden death of Mrs Alvarez. She was a grand lady and will
always be remembered forever in our hearts. Its people like Mrs Alvarez
we owe part of our lives to, the foundation they laid for us as children
we only hope we can pass this on to our children and generations to come.
May God Bless Mrs Alvarez as we all pay our respects to Alec and his
A very special message to Alec That Mrs Deworsop sends all her love.
From , Rodney Deworsop on behalf of the OBA Australia Melbourne
Date: 12 Feb 98 21:09:12 -0500 From: "PAUL_MATHIAS.ASPENTECH.COM"
To: email@example.com Subject: Sincere Sympathies Mime-Version:
Dear Mr. Alvarez, I offer you my sincere sympathy on the passing away
of Mrs. Alvarez. I look back with great appreciation on the intellectual
and moral foundation we received we received at St Josephh's. I particularly
remember Mrs. Alvarez for the kindness she brought to teaching.
My prayers are with you at this sad time.
Sincerely, Paul Mathias
2 Apple Blossom Road, Andover, MA 01810, Tel: (508) 623-3347 :: Email:
PavMathias@aol.com :: :: Aspen
Technology, Inc. :: Ten Canal Park :: Cambridge, MA 02141-2201 :: Tel:
(617) 949-1727 :: Fax: (617) 949-0727 :: Email: Paul.Mathias@AspenTech.com
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Date: Mon,
16 Feb 1998 10:11:00 +1000
Subject: Condolence message Dear Uncle Alec,
I wish this message of mine that establishes the first contact we’ve
made in over 25 years could have been anything but one offering condolences
on your great loss. Aunt Dot and you were two cheerful elders I encountered
whenever Mum and Dad (Mark and Eileen Sequeira) brought me to visit “Nana”
Andrews at Castle Street. Therefore, it was with joyous expectation that
I entered St Joseph’s for I was in Aunt Dot’s class (Std IV B) and all
was well in my little boy’s world. She was, quite simply, a lovable person
and that twinkle in her eye and those gentle words made school and studies
a wholesome experience. I never cried at my first day at St Josephs because
Aunt Dot was there. I remember her vividly. Nothing takes that away. I
pray that you take much comfort in having loved and being loved in return
by this gentle soul who, even now, looks down from above with that twinkle
undiminished. With my deepest sympathy.
Dr Derek Sequeira Academic Development Officer Academic Staff Development
- CELT Charles Sturt University PO Box 789 Albury NSW 2640 Australia
Tel: 02 6051 6987 Fax: 02 6051 6987 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From: "R.A.Cheriyan" <R.A.Cheriyan@open.ac.uk>To:
Subject: Please forward to Mr. Alvarez, Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 09:28:49
Dear Mr Alvarez, Our deepest sympathies for your loss, which we all
share with you.
George and Luke Cheriyan
Subject: Mrs Alvarez
From: Cary Thomas <Cary.Thomas@btinternet.com>
To: Ronnie Johnson
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 17:03:23 +0000
Dear Ronnie The UK SJBHS OBA held a Committee meeting yesterday in the
chambers of our UK President, Stuart Stevens. The committee had all been
made aware of the sad demise of Mrs Alvarez, and while personal messages
had already been sent to Alec from different quarters, I was asked to pass
on to you, the official condolences of the Committee.
Please pass on to Mr Alvarez and his family, the following:
We in the UK OBA of St Josephs have many, many members who were taught
by and fondly remember Mrs Alvarez. The deep sorrow at hearing of her sad
demise has been expressed by all on the committee and many members who
have been in touch with similar expressions. It is with a feeling of immense
shock that we would like to convey our condolence to the family and in
particular to Mr Alvarez. Our combined prayers are offered for her soul
and for the well being of all who loved her and are left mourning her.
From: "JBelani" <email@example.com>
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: <email@example.com>,
<firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: My Sincere
Condolences Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 21:16:02 -0800
Please relay this message to Mr Alvarez
Dear Mr. Alvarez:
I wish to express my sincere condolences to you. I heard the news about
Mrs. Alvarez only yesterday. I have not seen you or talked to you since
I left school and joined IIT Madras in 1970. I left IIT in 1975 for Chicago
to do my Masters. I have been in California since 1977 and currently work
in a company called Cypress Semiconductor here in Silicon Valley. Enough
said about myself. What I remember was that had it not been for you I would
not been able to join IIT and be where I am today. I remeber in great detail
the training you and your wife provided me and I will never forget that
for my entire life. It was an experience that is so precious that I do
not see today anyone who has a similar opportunity. I wish you all the
best from hereon and again my sincere condolences.. Please let me know
if I could do anything on your behalf
Jagdish G. Belani
As we go through life, we all realise that our child hood memories are
some of our treasured possessions. Nothing can really erase them away,
Often while going through painful experiences these memories surface and
bring momentary feelings of joy and happiness.
In my life, some of these delightful experiences were to do with my
studies while I was in Class 4, Section B. Our class teacher was Mrs Alvares.
She was the epitome of kindness, love, grace and discipline that ever existed
in one human. Her reassuring smile even if one did not complete one's homework
stands out as an example in forgiveness. Punishment was invariably a threat
and remained so. Her patience with the students whom she soon got to know
on first name basis was what one would imagine even mothers to seldom exhibit.
All this soon put us at ease. Most of us were really awestruck by the foreboding
nature of the school building and the dark passages between the classes.
The presence of other bigger boys in the school instilled a sense of fear
in our minds. Mrs Alvares was soon to realise our predicament and did everything
she could to put us at ease so that we could really put our minds to study.
One of the first things that we were taught by her was, "running
handwriting". We were soon to realise that it was actually a two hand
effort ! With the right, we struggled in holding the pencil correctly and
with the left index finger we were to meticulously provide a space between
the next word. An erect posture and a proper distance between the eye and
the paper were dinned into our heads. We were told in the midst of all
this that we should not lose track of the spellings and hence the use of
rubber was to be kept to a minimum because very soon we would be using
fountain pens with blue ink.
On the last day of school before the Christmas holidays, she created
an environment in which everyone could look forward to the holidays, irrespective
of how one had performed in the exams. There were delicious snacks that
were distributed to all and we were actually allowed to eat them in the
class. Then we were all told to be at our best as we were going to witness
a "magic show". Yes, Mr. Alvares was invited to come to the class
and with his knowledge of Chemistry we witnessed the mixing of 2 colourless
liquids to produce a brightly coloured mixture. There were oohs and aahs
from all the boys and this went on till almost a rainbow of colours were
on display in test tubes kept on the teacher's desk. In the end, we were
told that even we could do this if we studied hard.
Mrs Alvares handled each and every student with such personal attention
that we never felt lost in our new surroundings and with our new writing
implements. Coming to her class was something we looked forward to and
study became a joy. It was always an enigma to me as to why we had to change
our class at the end of the year. The "Ink" with which these
pictures remain etched in my mind will never be erased. They will continue
to remain my priceless possession, “Cher” lives on in the hearts of hundreds
of lives she touched and helped transform.
13th Friday, Feb 1998, Bharat
Respected Sir, may I end this brief note with this short poem that I
read some time ago. “May cherished memories give you peace as every day
goes by And bring you reassurance that love can never die ... For just
as long as Love endures and lives within your heart, You and your dear
loved one will never be apart.”
Bharat M. Mehta
To, Dear Mr. Alverez,
Though it was my good fortune to go thro’ St. Joseph’s and be taught
by you, unfortunately I was not able to study in Mrs. Alverez’s class.
This was because I joined school in VB under Mrs. Phoenix. Soon enough
I came to know that Mrs. Alverez was perhaps the most popular teacher in
that section of the school. I would like to tell you a clear memory of
Mrs. Alverez when I was in VB. Mrs. Phoenix was encouraging us to draw
and one of the pictures we were doing was of a woolly sheep. I had just
discovered that I could draw a bit and with boyish enthusiasm had drawn
this sheep. I went up to Mrs. Phoenix to show her my drawing when Mrs.
Alverez came in to discuss something with Mrs. P. She saw my drawing and
exclaimed: “My! What a woolly sheep! Will you give me some of that wool?”
As boys will, I suppose, I took it as a great compliment to my drawing
and so it remained until when I had grown up and remembered this, I realised
that Mrs. Alverez was also telling me something with much humour. I think
that my sheep had far too much wool. That’s the best way to teach, I suppose,
something for the child and something to be realised as an adult. I have
had the impression over the years that you were a couple very devoted to
each other. It must indeed be very hurtful to lose the presence of such
a person who has devotedly shared so many years of your life. I find it
very comforting the inscription on the grave of the great racing driver
Aynton Senna, who was killed in a fatal crash: “Nothing can separate me
from the Love of God”.
K. Mathen Verghese, X Std, 1962, 11th February.
Dear Past Students of
Dorothy and Alec Alverez -
Sympathy Cards, e-mail messages of condolences and
phone calls expressing sorrow have been pouring in from different places
- Australia (Melbourne). Canada (Toronto,Vaancouver), Scotland (Glasgow),
U.K. (Brighton, London), USA, India and Bangalore - where former students
paid their last respects in person at the house, the funeral service at
St. Patricks and and the final burial in Hosur Cemetery.
I am over whelmed at the love and affection displayed
by so many towards Dorothy. I do not think any other school teacher has
been shown such great regard and respect by her old pupils.
It is amazing to witness such a spontaneous outpouring
of grief. I am deeply impressed.
Yours in gratitude,
= Alec Alverez =
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and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.
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Fon in the manner their fathers did to the prophets.
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Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now,
For you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
For so did they fathers to the false prophets."
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