Friday, July 22, 2016
Tyn Myint-U, 84
Tyn Myint-U, a former Westport resident, died July 22 in the Boston area. He was 84.
He was husband of Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary general of the United Nations. Aye Aye Thant was active in U.N.-related activities in Westport.
Together Aye Aye and Tyn established the Thant Institute “to reflect and promote her father’s values and ideals.”
Born Jan. 1, 1932 in Mandalay, Tyn was one of Burma’s first state scholars, studying at Michigan University and then finishing his Ph.D. in aeronautics at New York University.
He was a rocket scientist by training and taught for many years as a professor of mathematics at Manhattan College and Fairfield University, writing two textbooks on differential equations.
He later worked for the United Nations in Bangkok and New York.
Aye Aye Thant has lived in the United States since 1957 when her father was first appointed as an ambassador at the U.N.
Since leaving Burma in 1953, Tyn had always wanted to return home and was finally able to do so in 2012.
But he had to return to the United State less than three years later due to his declining health.
He is survived by his wife, Daw Aye Aye Thant, a son, Thant Myint-U, three daughters, Khinlei Myint-U, A-Thi Myint-U, and Aye Myint Myint-U, and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday, July 25 in Concord, Mass.
Posted 07/22/16 at 01:11 PM
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