List of St Peter's College, Colombo alumni

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This is a list of St Peter's College alumni, of the St Peter's College, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Honours recipients from 1984[edit]

In 1984 the St. Peter’s College old Boys Union, under the presidency of Mr. Mano Chanmugam, began the practice of honouring Old Peterites, who had reached eminence in their respective professions and in sports according to specified criteria. During the past years there were several ‘Honours Nights’, the occasion that honoured distinguished Old Peterites. The recipients are listed according to categories. (The list of Honors Recipients contains only the names of old boys who were honoured by the school. All other notable alumni are found under Notable alumni.)

Religious affairs[edit]

Rt. Rev. Dr. Henry Gunewardene OMI Bishop of Anuradhapura
Ven Dr. Wellawatta Ananda Thero Director International Buddhist Center
Very. Rev. Fr. Dalston Forbes OMI Former Asst. Gen. of Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Rev. Fr. Paul de Neise
Rev. Fr. Percy Abraham
Rev. Fr. Michael Rodrigo
Rev. Fr. Bob Rodrigo Rector, Junior, Seminary Kohuwela
Rev. Fr. Tony Martyn National Director, Pontifical Mission Aid Society
Rev. Fr. Claver Perera First Peterite Rector and 6th Rector of the College
Rev. Fr. Srian Ranasinghe Procurator General and Member of the Governing Body of the OMIs in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
Rev. Fr. Sunil de Silva Administrator, Colombo archdioces[1]
Rev. Fr. Jagath Anthony Provincial Treasurer, Oblates of Mary Immaculate for Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
Rev. Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe Rector, St. Joseph’s College Colombo 10

Constitutional Council[edit]

Hon. T. Suntheralingam Member of the Constitutional Council of Sri Lanka

Higher education[edit]

Prof. Willie Mandis Vice chancellor, University of Moratuwa
Prof. Hilary Crusz Prof. of Zoology
Prof. George Dissanaike Physics, University of Peradeniya
Prof. Merlin Peiris Classical Languages, University of Peradeniya
Prof. Ashley Halpe English, University of Peradeniya
Prof. C. R. De Silva History, University of Peradeniya
Prof. Y. D. Senanayake Director, Post-Grad. Institute of Agriculture
Prof. Basil Deckker Professor, University of Cambridge, England
A.G. A. Mendis Former Deputy Director General Education and former Director of Workers Education
RayForbes Director, Bandaranaike Institute of International Studies
Prof. Ralph Buultjens Toynbee Prize laureate and professor University of New York
Dr. Abaya Attanayake Former Head of Dept. Of Geography University of Jayawardenepura; Directorof Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka
T. Sri Ramanathan Honorary Fellow of University of Sydney
Prof. Harsha Sirisena World authority in the field of control engineering
Dr. S.K. Charles Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna
Dr. V. Ramachandra Head, Dept. of Anatomy, Colombo Medical College
Dr. Dilantha Fernando Prof. Dept. of Plant Science, University of Manitoba
Prof. Ivan Samarawira Consultant Professor in Genetics
Dr. Robert Abayasekara Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Royal Veterinary College; Fellow and Director of Studies for Medicine Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


Consultant General Surgeon, England and Harley Street Consultant

Dr. P. R. Anthonis Chancellor, University of Colombo
Prof. Earle de Fonseka Prof. of Community Medicine
Dr. Ananda Soysa E.N.T. surgeon
Dr. Darrel Weinman Neurosurgeon
Dr. T. Don Michael Prof. of Medicine, University of California
Dr. Sydney Ediriweera Head of Accident Service
Dr. Nihal Thenabadu Head of Cardiac Investigative Unit
Dr. Rohan Jayasekare

Dean-Faculty of Medicine,University of Colombo

Head of Dept of Genetics
Dr. Nihal Abeysundera Former Director, Anti–Malaria Campaign, Consultant W.H.O.
Dr. Tudor Nugaduwa Senior Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director de Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo
Dr. Nihal Perera Consultant and President Sri Lanka Medical Association
Dr. J. Francis Silva Orthopaedic surgeon in Sri Lanka and Malaysia (title as ‘Deshabandu’ and ‘Sri Lanka Tilaka’)
Dr. Prem Weerakoon Dental surgeon
Dr. Lakshman Weerasena President of the Independent Medical Practitioners Association in 1991
Dr. Wasantha Perera Orthopaedic consultant
Dr. Joel Fernando President, Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka
Dr. K. M. C. De Silva Radiologist
Dr. Joe Jayasundera Chief Radiologist
Dr. L. B. L. De Alwis First President of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka
Dr. B. J. C. Perera First President of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians
Dr. P. Lucien Perera Consultant surgeon, National Hospital
Dr. Adiel C. Anghie Specialist in pulmonary medicine
Dr. Suresh Kottegoda Consultant cardiac-electrophysiologist, National Hospital


H. L. De Silva President’s counsel
Justice H.W. Senanayake Appeal court Judge
Dr. Shivaji Felix Member, Presidential Advisory Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Geoffrey Alagaratnam President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL)


Shelly Wickremasinghe Consultant in Sri Lanka for British Layland
Mano Chanmugam Engineer and Chairman, Informex Group
Louis Stephen de Silva (LS) Port Commission Chairman, Additional General Manager Ceylon Petroleum Corporation

Police and armed service[edit]

Lt. General Denis Perera V.S.V. Former Commander, Sri Lanka Army
Rear Admiral Alfred Perera V.S.V. Former Commander, Sri Lanka Navy
Brigadier Kenneth Pereira V.S.V Director, Logistics Army
DIG Merril Gunaratne Senior DIG, Sri Lanka Police
DIG Neil Gunasekera DIG, Sri Lanka Police
Air Vice Marshal Elmo Perera Air Vice Marshal, Sri Lanka Air Force Capt. Ranjith Fernando
Capt. Rajeewa Fernando
Capt. Surange Gunasekera
Capt. H. Fernando
STF Insp. Robin Gunatilleke
Lieut. H. Yohan Fernando
Major Terrance Mckelvy
Major Anton Wijeyesekera RSP psc USACGSC SLAC
Capt. Oshintha Perera
Maj. Kalum Rajapakse Commando Regiment, Sri Lanka Army
Maj. D.T.L Wettasinghe Commando Regiment, Sri Lanka Army
Lt. D. S. C. J. Wijesekera
Chandra Fernando Inspector General of Police
Major General Nimal Jayasuriya Rana Wickrama Padakkama, Rana Sura Padakkama
Air Vice Marshal Roshan Goonetilleke Former Commander Sri Lanka Air Force; Chief of Defence Staff; Rana Wickrama Padakkama
Lt. Col. Ralph Nugera Rana Wickrama Padakkama, Rana Sura Padakkama
Lt. Col. F.F.R.M. Fernando Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya, Rana Wickrama Padakkama, Rana Sura Padakkama
Major G.D.C. Ayupala Rana Sura Padakkama
Major M.N. Fernando Rana Sura Padakkama
Lt. Commander H.R.F.M. Tissera Rana Sura Padakkama
Sqn. Leader L. Channa Dissanayake Rana Sura Padakkama

Public administration[edit]

L. J. D. Fernando Rtd. govt. mineralogist
A.O Weerasinghe Chairman, National Savings Bank
A. M. S. Perera Chairman, International Tea Blenders & Exporters
A. L. Perera Former Sec., Instit. of Fundamental Studies
J. A. R. Felix Rtd. Comm. General Inland Revenue
Eardley Thilekaratne Chairman, Hotels Corporation
V. P. A. Perera Chairman, Singer Co.
Col. H. B. Wijekoon Director, Aviation Service
Dr. O. S. Peiris Director, Rubber Research institute
Allan Wijekoon Rtd. Registrar of Co’s
W. N. F. Chandraratne Commissioner of Excise
Dr. Shelton Atapattu Director, Wildlife Conservation
G. Cumaranatunge Traffic Comm. Of Excise
A. Maheswaran Former Director of Irrigation
Terrence Fonseka Ceylon Civil Service
Neville Jayaweera Ceylon Civil Service
A. L. Mohideen Civil Service
Lester Fonseka Chairman, National Savings Bank
Dr. Trevor Pieris Municipal Commissioner, Colombo
Otley F. Perera Former Commissioner General of Inland Revenue
D.S. Weeraratne Former Commissioner General of Inland Revenue
Dr. Lloyd Fernando Former Secretary Ministry of State for Policy Planning & Implementation
Dr. Adrian Senadhira Head of WHO Library
Kumar Paul Jnr. Dir. Gen. Securities & Exchange Commission
J. Shelton Fernando Former Commissioner, National Housing
Renton de Alwis Former chairman, Sri Lanka Tourist Board
Gerard V. Gunawardena First General Manager, Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau
Susantha F. H. Fernando Chairman, Sri Lanka Bureau Foreign Employment
Patrick Abeynaike Former director, Agricultural Development authority
Dinty-Lawrence Ranasinghe Sri Lanka Port Authority deep sea diver, shipwright diver, Japan, maritime consultant


James Goonawardena
Gavin Aserappa Painter and writer

Diplomatic service[edit]

Ben Fonseka Director Gen. Foreign Affairs
Charlie Mahendran Director Foreign Affairs
Tissa Jayakody Ambassador in Bonn
Elmo De J. Seneviratne Former Deputy Perm Representative, UN

Music and entertainment[edit]

Earle De Fonseka Sri Lankan symphony conductor
Hussain Mohamed Violinist and first conductor of symphony orchestra
Dinesh Subasinghe TV and cinema composer; reintroduced the lost instrument ravanahatha
Douglas de Niese Leading baritone
Bede de Zilwa Tenor
Nihal Fonseka Tenor
Bill Forbes Pop singer
Harold Seneviratne Bandleader
Raddy Ferreira Bandleader
Sunil Perera The Gypsies
Desmond Kelly Singer and guitarist
Miki Menezes Pianist and bandleader
Hillary Kurukulaaratchy (Hillary Katch) Singer, jazz guitarist, and percussionist, based in Europe
Patrick Denipitiya Musician
Mahesh Denipitiya Musician


Richard Gabriel


Anton Wickremesinghe Chairman, Film Corporation
Lester James Peiris Director
George Wickremasinghe Director, Govt. Film Unit


Jerome de Silva

Communication media[edit]

C. E. Maurice Perera Cricket Broadcasting
Jimmy Barucha Director S.L.B.C.
Rev. Fr. Rufus Benedict Director, Catholic Broadcasting
Ranjit Jayasuriya President, Institute of Marketing
Melville Assauw President, Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies
Cerlton Seneviratne Director of sports broadcasting
Tommy Perera Ace Sports Broadcaster

Parliamentary affairs[edit]

Ahmed Zaki Former Prime Minister of the Maldives
Gamini Athukorale Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Emp.
S. Cumarasinghe Mayor, Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia
Alavi Moulana Deputy Minister of Media, Tourism and Aviation
Mahinda Samarasinghe Member of Parliament


Reggie Michael Editor of Times of Ceylon
Lawrence Heyn Sports editor of Sun and Weekend; Production Editor, Quest Newspapers, Brisbane


Laksman Abeygoonewardene President of the Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka
Gaston Gunawardena Consultant in banking management
Trevine Waas Jayasekera GM Deutsche Bank
Nihal Fonseka CEO, DFCC Bank; former Deputy CEO, HSBC Sri Lanka
Dr. N. Ramchandran World Bank Executive
Chanaka Goonewardene Head of Information Technology, Peoples Bank
Dr. Guy Motha World Bank, Washington D.C

Trade and commerce[edit]

Michael Lappen Managing Director, Wanng Australia
Joe Perera Chairman Lanka Dainichi (pvt) Ltd, Lanka SSS
Prasad Mario De Silva Wikkrematilleke President and Ceo, Cleaver International (Hong Kong & China PRC)
Raj Obeysekara Executive Director, Stassons Group
Amal Wahab Managing Director, Amasean Group
Dave Ranasinghe Managing Director, Bodyline (pvt) ltd
Dyan Madawela CEO, Hapugastenne Plantation Company
Lalith Obeyesekere CEO, Balangoda and Madulsima Plantations Ltd
Bentley Barsenbach President, Institute of Charted Secretaries
Niranjan Pereira (1989) Managing Director, Pership Group
Vijitha Ivor Fernando (1989) Director, Windsolar Hybrid Energyz (Pvt) Ltd, Chief Operating Officer, Digiteq Solutions (Pvt) Ltd
Nihal Perera Chairman, Uswatte Confectionery Works Ltd
Bernard Wijetunge President, International Air Transport Association, Sri Lanka
Suresh Mendis President, International Air Transport Association, Sri Lanka
Rohantha Athukorala Former Chairman, Export Development Board, Country Manager, Johnson Diversey Inc. for Sri Lanka and Maldives
A Anthony Page Chairman, Ceylon Theatres Group of Companies
Darrel Perera Chairman and Managing Director, Mechanised Business Applications (Pvt) Ltd
Preethi Jayamaha Chairman and Managing Director, Associated Auto Industries (Pvt) Ltd
Gerard Ondaatjie Deputy Chairman Mercantile Investment Ltd; Managing Director of Nuwara Eliya Hotels
Ranjit Cooray Managing Director, Sri Lanka Distilleries Ltd
Rohan Victoria Managing Directory, Iris Colour Graphics
Keith Wijesuriya Jt. Managing Director, Thompson Associates (Cey) Ltd; CEO, BBDO/Proximity Sri Lanka
Michael Elias CEO, Walkers Tours
Mr. Roshan Motha Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, GE Group of Companies
Noel Miranda Managing Director, Eymard House (Pvt) Ltd
Joe Roche Managing Director, Rotax
Deepthi Jayamaha Managing Director, Victoria Group
Travis Ondaatjie Director Mercantile Investments Ltd, Managing Director of Nilaweli Beach Hotels
Chandana de Silva Head of Corporate Communications, Sri Lankan Airlines
Gabriel Sinniah Executive Director, Akbar Brothers
Joseph Sinniah Executive Director, Akbar Brother
Travis Victoria Executive Director, Swedish Trading Company
Peter Deckker Executive Director, Flexiprint (Pvt) Ltd
Gehan Siribaddana Director and General Manager, Prestiga Automobile & Hyundai Lanka
Priyashantha Boteju Former Group Country Head, Sri Lanka / Pakistan, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd India; Currently Portfolio Management Lead - Sterile Injectables, Pfizer, Australia
George Cecil Wijesinghe Former Group Human resources Director, Phoenix Ventures Ltd
Anton Ratnayake Group General Manager, Management Service and IT, P&O Containers, UK; Chairman, CNS Ltd UK
Jan van Twest General Manager and Director, Tangerine Hotels
Anil Jayamanne General Manager, Continental Hotal
Buddhika Ranatunga Group CFO and economist[2]
Anil de Mel General Manager and CEO, BOC Travels
Sriyan de Silva Wijeyaratne Country Manager, Microsoft for Sri Lanka and Maldives[3]


Inayet Akbarally Managing Director Akbar Brothers
Omal Jayaweera Managing Director, The Great Lake Holdings (Pvt) Ltd
Mickey Wickramasinghe Chairman Ceylon Biscuit Ltd
Ali Maniku Maldives shipping magnate
Romeish De Mel Managing Director, Blue Chip Co.
Prasad Mario De Silva Wikkrematilleke

President, Ceo, Cleaver International (China P.R.C and Hong Kong)

Marlon Ranasinghe Joint Managing Director, MM Organisation
Maxwell Ranasinghe Joint Managing Director, MM Organisation
Travice Fernando Founder partner, Ranfer Group of Companies
Dylan Modder President and co-founder, Argus Technologies
Lawrence Perera Chairman and CEO, Trabsmee Group of Companies and Micro Cars Ltd
Ashantha Andradi Managing Director, London school of Commerce
Roshan Fernando Managing Director, Digi Scan

Civil Aviation[edit]

Capt. Peter Fernando Pioneer in Aviation Field in India and Sri Lanka
Manes Felix Commandant BIA and Civil Aviation Pioneer


Col. H. I. K. Fernando Ceylon cricket captain
Clive Inman Ceylon cricketer
Roy Dias Test cricketer
Vinodhan John Test cricketer
Amal Silva Test cricketer
Rumesh Ratnayake Test cricketer, coach
Kirthi Gunaratne Sri Lanka cricketer
Tony Opatha Sri Lanka cricketer
Udaya Wickremasinghe First overseas qualified instructor of association of cricket umpires
Russel Arnold Test cricketer
Mario Villavarayen Toured with Sri Lanka national team
Errol Seneviratne International umpire
Peter Manuel International umpire
Kaushal Lokuarachchi Test cricketer
Malinda Warnapura Test cricketer
Angelo Perera Sri Lanka cricketer
David Heyn Sri Lanka cricketer
Rohan Buultjens Sri Lanka National team member for India tour
Andri Berenger Plays international cricket for UAE

Indoor cricket[edit]

Chrishantha Peries


Shirley Illesinghe All round sportsman
Julian Grero Former President, AAA
Ranjith Weerasena President of Sri Lanka Olympic Committee
Maurice de Silva National long jump champion, Sri Lanka
Ranjith Wijesekera Quarter mile champion, Sri Lanka
Lance Pereira Athlete, SAF games
Mahesh Perera Athlete, Olympics 1996
Dinesh Perera Athlete, SAF games
Ranjit Alwis Former President, AAA
Dunstan Fernando Manager of the Sri Lanka team for two world championship meets
Dimuth Perera Afro – Asia Games 2003, SAF Games 2004


Archibald Perera Sri Lanka player
Hubert Rayan Sri Lanka player
Haji Omar President of SLRFU
Jeffrey De Jong Sri Lanka player
Angelo Wickremaratne Sri Lanka player
Len De Silva Sri Lanka player
Chandrishan Perera Sri Lanka player
Darrel Wimalaratne Sri Lanka player
Graham Raux Sri Lanka player
Thushara Jayalath Sri Lanka player
Mario Tissarachchi Sri Lanka player
Rodney Paternott Sri Lanka player
Hamish Paternott Sri Lanka player
Rohan Abeyesundera Sri Lanka player
Hamzie Hamid Sri Lanka player
Leonard De Zilwa Sri Lanka player
Dilanka Wijesekera Sri Lanka player
Roshan Deen International referee
Ronald Rodrigo Sri Lanka player
Dilan Abeygoonewardene Sri Lanka player
Lakala Perera Sri Lanka player
Mohamed Sheriff Sri Lanka player
Sharo Fernando Sri Lanka player
Lee Keegel Sri Lanka player
Shenal Dias Sri Lanka player
Suhiru Anthony Sri Lanka player
Sandun Herath Sri Lanka player
Danushka Ranjan Sri Lanka player
Dulaj Perera Sri Lankan player
Anuradha Herath Sri Lanka seven player


Nowfel Mahroof International referee and Sri Lanka player
Ismail Mahroof Captain Ceylon (Under 18 Team 1970) International referee (Indian Tour 1973)
Kumar Bastiampillai Sri Lanka player
Rohan Rodrigo Sri Lanka player
Nemantha Hatharasinghe Sri Lanka player
Faizal Mohamed Sri Lanka player
Shohan Wimalarathne Sri Lanka player
Sujith Croospulle Sri Lanka player
Clifford Greig Sri Lanka player
Milroy Perera Sri Lanka player
Mario Motha Sri Lanka player

Basketball and badminton[edit]

Sam Chandrasena Sri Lanka Double International

Basketball and rugby[edit]

Royden de Silva Sri Lanka Double International


L. P. Ernst Captain, Sri Lanka
George Ernst Captain, Sri Lanka
Sriyan Senadhira Represented Sri Lanka in Davis Cup; national champion
Manjula Weerakoon Represented Sri Lanka in Davis Cup
Thangarajah, Dineshkanthan Represented Sri Lanka in Davis Cup
Nishangan Nadaraja Represented Sri Lanka in Davis Cup


Rohan Dissanayake Captain, Sri Lanka
Richard Heyn Represented Ceylon (1964–1968)
Mario Joseph Captain, Sri Lanka

Water polo[edit]

Connel Felix Captain, Sri Lanka
Malcolm Schokman Represented Sri Lanka


Deva Henry Captain, Sri Lanka


Isuru Perera Captain, Sri Lanka
A. Anthony Pillai Captain, Sri Lanka


Ranil Goonasena Coach, Sri Lanka
Charith Rodrigo Sri Lankan national swimmer
Malcolm Schokman Sri Lanka public schools and college coloursman
Gamini Walgama

Notable alumni[edit]

This is a list of notable Old Peterites, the alumni of the St Peter's College, Colombo.