Brother Augustus Barry was born on 14th October 1909 in Burma. He arrived in Hong Kong on 6th January 1932. Brother Augustus taught Class 3 till his transfer to Mandalay on 22nd April 1933. He died in Rangoon (now called Yangon) in 1934.
Brother Hugh Bates was Irish, coming from Clonmel, County Tipperary. In 1930, he entered the Senior Novitiate and after four years of scholastic training, he chose to work in the East. He started off in St. Joseph’s Institution, Singapore and then worked in several schools in Malaysia. At the end of the War, he came to La Salle College. Brother Hugh was a workaholic who seemed to be happy only with working. Unfortunately, he could only stay with La Salle College for three years. At the age of 41, he died suddenly on 31st May 1953 in the Perth Street campus.
Brother Alban Benuska was born in Slovakia on 30th August 1914. He arrived in Hong Kong on 18th December 1933. He taught Classes 5, 6, 7 and 8. He was transferred to Czechoslovakia in 1947.
Brother Lawrence Blake was born in Ireland on 1st December 1929. He is the blood brother of Brother Mark. He ranks number 9 among the seven brothers and four sisters. Brother Lawrence served in other areas in South East Asia before coming to teach in La Salle College in August 1958. He taught English and Economics. He was good at playing tennis. He left La Salle College in 1968 for Sabah where he taught until 1975. Brother Lawrence was then transferred to St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong until becoming the Principal of Chong Gene Hang College in 1987. In 1995, he was transferred to Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College where he taught until he was promoted to be the Principal. He is now the supervisor of both schools. Brother Lawrence is the tallest Christian Brother in Hong Kong! In the photo of two Brothers, Bro Lawrence is on the right, his brother Mark beside him.
Brother Mark Blake, born on 16th March 1931, was number 10 among the seven brothers and four sisters. At the age of 16, Brother Mark followed the good steps of her elder brother – Brother Lawrence to join the Christian Brothers. He taught in the St. Michael’s Institution in Ipoh, Malaysia (1952 – 1960) and in St. Joseph’s School, Kuching, East Malaysia (1960 – 1983). Under his coaching, his students won numerous medals and trophies in interschool competitions. The official age of retirement was 55 but Brother Mark loved teaching so much that he decided to leave Malaysia. His fellow parishioner at Clonaslee, County Laois, Ireland – Brother Raphael, invited him to come to La Salle College (another parishioner was Brother Francis O’Rourke). Brother Mark arrived in 1983. Everyone was impressed with his love in sports – rugby and athletics. It was once rumoured among students that he participated in the Olympic Games and no one doubted it! Here is Brother Mark’s reply: “That’s not true. I can’t even represent Kowloon!” Up till this very moment, he helps various sports teams in their training. He is always present in the interschool competitions – rain or shine. He is still fit and cheerful. He was asked, “How long can you throw the discus?” His answer was, “Two to three hours.” “I mean the distance, sir.” “I never do any measurement.” He will do hiking from La Salle College to Lion Rock three times a week. He can finish the trip in about one hour and fifty minutes. Brother Patrick joins him whenever he is free. Brother Mark reminded us of the motto – “Ora et Labora”, i.e. “Pray and Work”. Courtsey of http://www.lasalle.org.hk At the end of 2008, Bro. Mark returned to the De La Salle Monastery in Ireland. We wish him well!
|Contributed by:||Mark Huang (85) 2008-05-17 09:56:52|
|Description:||The Heritage Sub-committee is pleased to share that we have put Br. Mark in touch with Louis Jap after they lost touch for many years. Br. Mark has fond memories of his former student and was happy to get back in touch with him.|
|Contributed by:||Louis Jap 2008-02-14 20:18:57|
|Description:||Dear Bro. Mark, 30 over years ago you asked one young man your student in St. Joseph Sec Sch Kuching the time of Camelite Sunday Mass and he bluffed you. That was in the year 1974 and the young was Yap Eng Khai. Some years later he got his name registered to Louis Yap Eng Khai then Louis Jap Eng Khai. I am so sorry to have caused you so much trouble before. I am now doing quite successful in life and careeer in tourism. I want badly to be in touch with you. Please reply me at firstname.lastname@example.org|
Brother Ubald Bloemen was born on 23rd August 1912 in Germany. He arrived in Hong Kong on 25th April 1933. He taught Class 2. In 1936, he was transferred to St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. He passed away in Manila in 1974.
Brother Alphonsus Breen arrived from Singapore in August 1958 and taught English, history and religion in La Salle College until he was transferred to St. Joseph’s College in 1962. He is presently Brother Director of St. Joseph’s College as well as Supervisor of the St. Joseph’s Primary School, St. Joseph’s College Kindergarten and De La Salle Secondary School, Fanling. He has contributed much to the Lasallian mission in Hong Kong.
Brother Cassian Brigant was born at Botsorkel, Finistre, Brittany, France in 1889. He received his early education at the famous Likes College of the Brothers at Quimper. In 1900, he entered the Junior Novitiate of the Brothers at the Nantes and completed his senior Novitiate and Scholasticate at Vauxbelets Quernesey by 1907. Brother Cassian then came East and served a short period of Scholasticate at Bandarawalla Colombo. Afterwards, he was sent to Singapore where he started to teach in 1908. In 1914, he was called to serve his country in World War I. He fought with the Infantry at Salonika, Sophia, Verdun and was wounded at Vaux. He received two citations for exceptional zeal and bravery in saving many wounded in the battlefield during intensive bombardment. His country decorated him with the Croix de Guerre avec etoile de bronze et etoile d’argent and the Medaille Militaire. The Government of Bulgaria offered Brother Cassian a ministerial post but at the end of the war he chose to resume his teaching in Singapore. Brother Cassian was very active outside the Dome. He founded the Teacher Association and served as president for three years. He took great interest in music and was a co-founder of the Hong Kong School Musical Association. Brother Cassian also played an active role in the development of scouting in Hong Kong. In recognition of his service to Hong Kong, Lord Rowallan decorated him with the Silver Acorn in 1954. Among many other decorations, the most notable ones are the Insignia of Officier D’Academie and the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government and the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the British Government.
|Contributed by:||Johanis — J. Sudama Sasraandjaja (’56-’59) Jakarta Indonesia 2007-12-07 11:36:51|
|Description:||Thank you for presenting this remembrance. I was present at his burial. He was a kind and gentle person. He helped me a lot. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. I was in his French Class. I’m now 66 years old and I have still fond memories of our shool.|
|Contributed by:||Mark Huang (85) 2007-02-16 22:13:48|
|Description:||Thank you for the information of Bro Cassian’s death and burial location. The error has been amended. Mark Huang (85) Heritage Sub-Committee LSCOBA|
|Contributed by:||Paul Tam, teacher of St. Joseph’s Primary School 2007-01-08 20:34:26|
|Description:||Please note that Brother Cassian is buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.|
Brother Casimir L’Angellier was born in Singapore, 5 May 1900. He belonged to a highly respected, staunch, long-standing Catholic family. After receiving his early education in St. Joseph’s Institution, Singapore, he was among the first novices to join the Da La Salle Brothers at the newly opened Novitiate in Kuala Lumpur, 1916.
After his religious and pedagogical training, he taught with success in Singapore and Malaysia. He held the post of Principal for more than 20 years. In 1970, he came to Hong Kong to help Brother Paul Sun in St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School. When his health deteriorated slightly he returned to help in La Salle Primary School.
He suffered a stroke in 1971 and was confined to St. Teresa’s Hospital where he remained an example of calm, patience and resignation to God’s will until his death on 18 December  – exactly one week short of his Golden Jubilee of Perpetual Profession as a Brother. He made his profession in the Order of the Brothers on Christmas Day, 1925.
The Brothers wish to record their sincere thanks to the Sisters and Nursing Staff of St. Teresa’s Hospital who over the past years rendered Brother Casimir such persevering, loving and devoted care.
The above is directly copied from the Hong Kong Catholic Church website.
Dr. Chan completed his primary and secondary education at La Salle College, Hong Kong. He thereafter graduated from University of Hong Kong and received his first medical degrees. He further obtained professional qualifications from the United Kingdom. He was awarded Fellowships by a number of Medical Professional Institutions and qualified as a specialist in Cardiology, Hong Kong Medical Council in 1999. Since graduation, Dr. Chan served as a medical doctor at Queen Mary Hospital, Grantham Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital until he started his private practice in 1985. Throughout his professional life, Dr. Chan had also provided medical care to low-income households at Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions Workers Medical Clinics. He was well praised by his patients for his devotion and selflessness. He was survived by his wife Teresa, daughter Dawn and son Leo.
As posted by Edward ‘BB’ Ko (1980) on June 27, 2008. (Please view with Chinese Big 5 software) Unquote I am saddened to report the passing away of fellow classmate, 陳德堅 Kenneth Chan Tak Kin earlier this month. He is survived by his wife Gloria. Kenneth will always be remembered as an extremely talented musician, having written numerous songs recorded by major artists (who can forget 幾分鐘的約會 sung by Danny Chan” ) and a big time prankster, but above all, a most caring friend. He will be missed dearly. Unquote Kenneth’s biography as found in Tom Lee Music Foundation, where Kenneth worked, is as follows: 陳德堅 自幼在家庭的薰陶下接觸音樂，更愛上音樂創作；於喇沙書院畢業後便從事音樂工作，曾創作了不少膾炙人口的流行歌曲。陳氏自一九八零年起成為C.A.S.H.協會的會員並於同年加入通利音樂基金會任職電子琴導師。翼年，陳氏勇奪YAMAHA電子琴大賽的傑出阜峌獎，更連續三年奪得該浦猗。 非常享受教學生活的陳氏往後更專注於兒童音樂教育工作，並於一九八五年起出任YAMAHA兒童音樂課程之首席導師達十多年之久。陳氏於一九九五年考獲YAMAHA電子琴及Fundamental三級考試，即達 國際 認可 之 導師級 水平 。陳氏自一九九八年起即出任 YAMAHA 兒童音樂課程總監一職。Kenneth自言最大的得著便是看見學生們一天一天的進步，那種內心喜悅及滿足感確是非筆墨所能形容。這亦是他鞭策自己的一大推動力! Kenneth’s biography as posted on the Tom Lee Music Foundation as the Director of YAMAHA Courses: Kenneth Chan started his piano lessons under the influence of his parents and fell for music composition since then. He started his career as a composer after graduating from La Salle College and composed lots of classic songs which captured audiences’ heart. He became a member of the Composer and Author Society of H.K.(C.A.S.H.) since 1980 and joined Tom Lee Music Foundation as an Electone Teacher at the same time. Kenneth won the Outstanding Performance Award of the Yamaha Electone Festival for 3 consecutive years since 1981. Kenneth had fully devoted his time & energy in Yamaha music education system and became the Head Teacher of Yamaha Children Music Course since 1985. He obtained the Yamaha Electone & Fundamental Grade 3 in 1995 and became the Music Director of the Yamaha Children Music Course since 1998. His pleasure in teaching is the fulfillment and happiness brought from his students. His enthusiasm urges him to make steady progress everyday!
The following was shared by Clarence Ng (1969) in January 2007″ Mr. Daniel Chan graduated from Diocesan Boys’ School in Hong Kong, and then initially pursued an Engineering major at Saint John’s University in Shanghai; later he switched to Political Science and Foreign Affairs. At Saint John’s University, he met his professor’s daughter; when he was at age 30, they married and had three boys and one girl. Mr. Daniel Chan taught Mathematics and English at La Salle College for almost 30 years. It was a big misfortune that during his early teaching years at La Salle College, he suffered from a severe ear infection and finally led to a profound hearing loss. Thereafter, he had to use a hearing aid. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a hearing aid was a fairly large electronic gadget. Most mischievous students referred him by his hearing stigma. It was in my Form 3 year, he taught me geometry. During the class, he mentioned that he was looking for the smallest size battery for his hearing aid, but he could not find them anywhere in the market. I was the electronic hobbyist student in the class, and was able to purchase the exact battery for him. He was very amazed. Mr. Daniel Chan was such a well-known lower form mathematics teacher at La Salle College; yet, he was even a better English teacher. He taught me years of mathematics, from which I did not realize he was extraordinary. It was until my Form 4 year when he suddenly taught me English; he demanded every student to memorize one complete English sentence from the text book per lesson; that was the way he helped a routinely failing student, me, from deep trouble into competence, passing and self-confidence. He was head and shoulders above all other English teachers I had ever had in Hong Kong. He induced me the solid foundation in English structure and enabled me to write English accordingly. Emphatic grammar requirement is the stereotyped training methodology for teaching English as a foreign language, widely and successfully implementing, particularly in Asian counties. Subsequence to his intuitive instructions, I passed all the English examinations with good grammar in Hong Kong and then started my college studies in Canada and the United States. Since La Salle College is an elite school in Hong Kong, most of my Hong Kong compatriots would say that I was well trained at La Salle. If such hypothesis is true, I glorify all the credits to my respectful English teacher, Mr. Daniel Chan of La Salle College. During my 1994 Hong Kong visit, our fellow old boys told me that Mr. Daniel Chan passed away ten years ago, while teaching at our brother school CSK; so, this paragraph serves as an epitaph in memoriam to my greatest high school English teacher.
|Contributed by:||c h pang 2007-11-03 02:07:33|
|Description:||After so many years of his passing, I have this fond memory of Mr. Daniel Chan… Oh, he was just HANDSOME, HANDSOME, HANDSOME!! …and more, he could relate to students well. He was very approachable at all times. He would give you a soft smile when you were good, …but his eyes would look like a tiger when you were not behaving, especially no homework! When explaining a complicated math theorem, “…can you follow?” said Mr. Chan to the class. He always made sure we understood the problem. Also, he taught my English class. He always graded my compositions A, B… never C. Thank you!! He had a good voice for a teacher… loud enough for boys in the back… and his ever stern voice kept us awake in those hot lazy summer days. …more, when Mr. Chan got angry, his voice was like a thunder … “STOP TALKING!” he yelled, …then the whole class fell dead silent. It was the same year I left for college in the States that Mr. Chan joined a new faculty at another new school. I was well finished my Master’s when I heard of his passing. It just broke my heart!… it still does. I wish I could now sit down with him to have a beer and thank him face to face. “…let me light up a Salem for you, Mr. Chan… want another round of San Miguel?… here, let me pour it for you… cheer, bottom-up!!” …and that’s my tribute to my favorite teacher of my La Salle experience. Thank you, c h pang California, US|
Posted on the OBA Chatboard by Dr. Robert Yuen Kar Ngai (71) on 29 July 2005
Quote: It was with regret that we heard of the news that Dr. CHAN Wai Kai, a prominent Catholic ophthamologist in private practice in Central and old boy of LSC in its early days had passed away recently. He had been, among other things, Honorary Lecturer in Ophthamologist of HKU, teaching generations of medical students the clinical science of eye diseases and Master of the Guild of St. Luke (Hong Kong Catholic Doctors’ Association). He would be long remembered as a gentle and generous doctor with deep empathy for his patients and their families. Unquote
Dr Chan was also the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society between 1969 and 1971.
The following is contributed by Clarence Ng (1969) in April 2010.
Mr. George Felix Chanduloy’s Chinese name was 陳炳江; and Chanduloy was evolved from his father’s name Chan Du Loy, earmarked by the old era of colonial Hong Kong.
He was a young Master degree graduate from The University of Hong Kong, with a major in English and a minor in French. Mr. Chanduloy taught upper level class English at La Salle College. One of his main obnoxious attributes was holding a stick in the classroom, and he swung it dangerously like a sword. It could be his fever in the sport of fencing, or his blind belief in an outdated education philosophy, “spare the rod, spoil the child.” I was always behaving in his class, and he never beat me.
In addition to his hectic teaching schedule at La Salle College, Mr. Chanduloy led the LSC fencing team members to HK-TVB Enjoy Yourself Tonight Show. This was the first time that LSC fencing team had a chance to demonstrate their sport to the public of Hong Kong. He was also the playwright and director of a Christmas drama at LSC, adding performance arts and entertainment to our school.
While he was teaching at La Salle College, his younger brother was a LSC student, a fellow classmate of some of my good friends. That was how Mr. Chanduloy and his brother were well mixed with students. We all considered Mr. Chanduloy as our big brother too. He was in love with electronic Hi Fi and all types of music. He was generously sharing his huge music collections (in black vinyl albums and open-reel-to-reel tapes) with students.
After LSC, Mr. Chanduloy taught at Ng Wah College.
Mr Chanduloy maintains a linkedin.com entry:
Mr Chanduloy returns to HK occasionally and he has very fond memories of his LSC days both as a student and a teaching staff.
|Contributed by:||Vincent Fung (class of 68) 2011-10-05 16:00:47|
|Description:||My best memory of Mr. Chanduloy is his involvement in the lifes of the students around him. Being an introvert, he “pushed” me, without success, to have a part in one of the first plays he wrote and directed at LSC. He was also kind enough to include me in the summer swimming outings and even invite me to the Christmas party. Underneath some of his unconevntional teaching style, he was actually a very kind and caring person. Even with the passage of time, such experiences are still on my mind. I have not heard about him since I left HK in 1969–until I came upon this posting. I do wish him well in all his endevours.|