Lawrence School staff remember Jamwal
Sanawar, July 7
Taken aback at the tragic demise of Rear Admiral SS Jamwal, alumnus of Lawrence School, Sanawar, the staff described him as “a truly gracious personality who carried a larger-than-life image.”
Headmaster Praveen Vashisht, who was his friend and batchmate, recalling his recent visit to his Naval camp at Kochi, said SS Jamwal believed: “No one knows the future and when we attain success, nature takes away something and this was its way of maintaining a balance.”
His belief seems to have come true as Vashisht recalled how they had completed their higher secondary from Sanawar in 1976.
While old students were looking forward to his elevation to the top post in the next few years, the tragedy had shocked them.
“It was a visit to Kochi in January where our families met for the last time and Jonga, as he was popularly called in the school, asked me to send some students to Kochi during the annual summer camps. The idea was to inspire the students to join the forces, a trend which had taken a backseat for the past few years. I decided to send a group of 12 school prefects along with two teachers in April this year.”
Believing in inculcating high moral values, SS Jamwal believed that these core values should be protected as they were the essence of good life.
With yoga and meditation being an integral part of his daily routine, Vashisht remembers him as a soft spoken, polite, well-built student with a good academic record. He was a boxer and also pursued swimming as a sport while in school. “It was a telephonic call from old Sanawarians, Brig IS Cheema and Jerry Bains, that I got to know about this tragic incident. Son of a former Major General, SS Jamwal leaves behind his wife Geeta, a son and a daughter” disclosed Vashisht.
Ashima Bath, a house mistress, who had accompanied students, said, “It was extremely shocking to come to know that he is no more. An extremely gracious personality, who had excelled in his career, his hospitality was impeccable and he was a personality to reckon with.”
The children were awe-struck with his persona and at least three of them decided to join the forces among a batch of 12, added Bath.
Ravi Kumar, another teacher, who had visited Kochi, reminisced about the absolute control he had and how his personality had left an indelible imprint on the children.
AJ Singh, headmaster, Pinegrove, who was a year junior to SS Jamwal in the school, described him as an athlete who was a keen sportsman and an upcoming officer who had joined the NDA after school.