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Professor Mendis Rohanadheera dies

By Dyan Pathiravithana
Well known historian and archaeologist Professor Mendis Rohanadheera passed away on Friday. He was 81.
Born on January 21, 1931, Rohanadheera received his primary education at Pallattara Sinhala Mixed School in Mulkirigala. After passing the SSC examination he secured appointment as an assistant teacher. Later he had his teacher training at Nittambuwa Teacher Training School. On passing out of the teacher training school, he was posted to Kalubowila Buddhagosa College. He later entered the Vidyodaya University. After obtaining the BA degree, he continued his post graduate studies.

Prof. Rohanadheera began his career as a university academic when he was appointed an assistant lecturer in the department of history of Vidyodaya University in 1961. In 1995 he rose to the position of senior professor in the Department of Archaeology and History.
Prof, Rohanadheera had done much research in the fields of history and archaeology and has contributed numerous articles on his findings to prestigious international journals.

Prof. Ediriweera Sarathchandra and poet and lyricist Mahagama Sekera is among his illustrious contemporaries.
Prof. Rohanadheera leaves wife Padma and four children including son Harigupta Rohanadheera, an attorney at law.
The remains of Prof. Rohanadheera will be taken to the Vidyodaya University at 10 am on Wednesday August 31 where they will lie for public respects until removal to Borella general cemetery at 3 pm the same day for cremation. His remains are now lying at his residence at 34, Asoka Circle, Suboothipura Battaramulla.