Dr. Susantha de Alwis - demise of former Ambassador for Sri Lanka in USA

Dr. Susantha de Alwis, at the age of 76 years passed away peacefully on the 20th of December at his residence, 20, Joseph Lane, Bambalapitiya.

As a career diplomat in the Sri Lanka Overseas Administration Service, he had served as Assistant High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Madras (1962-66); Charge de affairs of the Sri Lanka Embassy, Indonesia, first Secretary, Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington, USA (1970-74) Ambassador to the United Nations, Geneva (1974-78); Ambassador to Japan & South Korea in Tokyo (1980-83). He retired from the foreign service, having served as Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Washington, USA for six years (1986-1992).

He was educated at Royal College, Colombo, where he had a brilliant career, winning many prestigious scholarships, De Abrew Memorial scholarship, Principal’s Distinctions Prize and the Best Speakers Prize.

He obtained his LLB at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. Here, he functioned as the President of the Law Society and General Secretary, Arunachalam Hall. He also evinced a keen interest in sports, music and drama and took part in the university production "Little clay Cart".

While in foreign service, he won a scholarship to the Oxford University to read for a degree in International Laws. He studied at Keble College and was awarded the B.Litt.

Susantha was a member of a distinguished family with two brothers, late Dunston, President’s Council. Dr. Stanmore, Thoracic Surgeon and 3 sisters, late Sushila -(Teacher), Dr. Thelma Gunawardane, former Director, National Museum and Dr. Daisy Jayawickrema, former Medical Officer, CPC.

He leaves behind his wife Achala, two daughters, Chamini, Darshini and son Ruwan and 6 grand children.


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