Dr. Anton Arulanandam awarded PHD posthumously

Reputed athletic administrator Dr. Anton Arulanandam was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, New South Wales recently. On Graduation Day, Anton’s wife Edith accepted the award in the presence of family members during a moving ceremony.

The award of Anton’s doctorate has set precedent, as it is the first postgraduate degree to be awarded posthumously by the University of New England. Dr. Anton’s thesis was on, "Imagining and Remembering Home in Australia – a Study of a Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora".

Dr. Anton also successfully obtained the Bachelor of Arts(1984) and the Bachelor of Education(1988) from the University of New England, Armidale. He diligently continued his studies at the University of New South Wales obtaining a Master of Arts (English Literature, 1991) and Master of Arts Honours (English, 1996).

Dr. Anton, an old boy of St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna was a prominent official in athletic circles having functioned as the General Manager of the Sri Lankan Contingent in the 1974 Tehran Asian Games and 1972 Delhi Asian Games. Sri Lanka won two gold medals in the 1974 games with W. Wimaladasa setting a new record in the 400 meters and the 4x100 relay team winning gold. He held many positions in athletic circles including Secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association of Ceylon and founded Ceylon Athletics Coaches Association.

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