M. R. Sarisdiguna Kitiyakara who died in Bangkok on Sept 21st 2011 was well known to many in the Society.
“Mom” as he was widely known by his friends, had been an anglophile from his early days when he was at Hailebury and from whence he went on to Magdalene College Cambridge to study Engineering. From university he joined Shell with which company he had a long and distinguished career ending up as the Chairman of all the operations in Thailand. After retirement he was in demand to fill senior management roles with a number of Thailand’s major companies. He also became an Honorary member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, a vice Patron of the Royal Overseas League in Bangkok and was an active supporter of the Oxford and Cambridge Society. He also played his part in encouraging Thai -British business relations, both formally and informally often being consulted by visiting delegations. His quiet personality often hid the fact that he had a first class mind and valuable opinions on a wide range of topics, not necessarily related to the business world. Furthermore he did not shrink from taking decisions however difficult they may be.
He was a loyal and generous friend to those who knew him and his friendship and wisdom will be missed. His admiration for English education led him to send two of his sons to Charterhouse and then remaining in England to study Medicine. Today they are both eminent Consultants in Bangkok, something which made Mom extremely proud. He is survived by his widow, Khunying Duenden and their three sons to whom we send our sympathies.
Calendar of Events
Thursday 9th March
Monday 20th March
'Searching for Ali Wallace' a docu-drama film at the Overseas League. For more details please click here
Sunday 9th April
Songkran Festival at Buddhpadipa Thai Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon. Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London. The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage. Free entry, all welcome.
Tuesday, 16th May
Talk by David Hallmark on The Travels and Trials of an English adventurer Advocate in Thailand 1970-1971. Venue and booking details coming soon.