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Padma Bhushans, Padmashrees and Woodstock

20 Feb Padma Bhushans, Padmashrees and Woodstock

Woodstock wants its graduates to be able to both lead and serve – and often they are the same thing.


Join us in congratulating Mr and Mrs Rudolph, parents of alumni and long time supporters of Woodstock school who have recently been conferred the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government for their work in literature and education.

They hope to be in India soon to receive their their award and also set up an academic centre in Delhi. Irena Akbar writes about their exemplary achievements of the past 57 years in researching Indian politics. http://bit.ly/N8GEGs

“Susanne served on the KWI Board of Directors for several years in the late ’90s and early 2000’s and was head of our education committee.” – Jane Cummings


 Mr & Mrs Rudolph

Mr & Mrs Rudolph Courtesy- http://bit.ly/N8GEGs


In 2008, Distinguished Alumni, Tom Alter ’68  was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri (one of India’s highest public honours) by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field of arts and cinema.  A man of many roles – WS student,  parent and staff member, Tom Alter has featured in  100 films and several television shows. He’s a director, journalist and author of three books. A steadfast supporter of Woodstock,  he’s known for his passion for cricket and Urdu.

Tom Alter '68Tom Alter ’68

Dr Dorothy Chacko, received the Padma Shri award in 1972 for establishing the Bethany Village leprosy colony. For thirty plus years Dr Dorothy practised medicine in India. She was chief doctor of the Methodist Village Clinic in New Delhi and chief medical officer for the 1962 World Council of Churches meeting in Delhi. She founded a colony for leprosy afflicted persons and the Women’s Association of the Church of the East in Kerala, the home state of her husband. Dr Dorothy passed away at the age of eight-eight.  Read more about her http://bit.ly/1oUssjo

Dr Dorothy Chacko and Dr Joseph ChackoDr Dorothy Chacko and Dr Joseph Chacko

Dr Chacko with young patient 1 - Copy

Dr Dorothy Chacko wih young boy patient - Copy

“We landed in India with 10 rupees, five assorted degrees, two suitcases and a steamer trunk.”

– Dr Dorothy Chacko.

Dr. Chacko was a giant in every respect .. but she was also a kind, able and inspiring individual. During the days I attended Woodstock (1949-1952), teachers were always in short supply; it was only a few years after the horrific partition with Pakistan. Although Dr. Chacko was formally a parent rather than a teacher at Woodstock, she often stepped in to teach whenever Woodstock needed help. The remarkable fact was she could teach any subject with practically no notice – from Latin to math to physics to English at any level, and she was usually the best teacher for the subject on campus. She was my chemistry teacher during my junior year and she was an important reason why I went on to major in chemistry at Berkeley and built my career developing analytical instruments – T.Z. Chu (WS ’52)

Woodstock would like to take this opportunity to  celebrate and recognise all Alumni who are making a difference; moreover for being an inspiration and beacon of hope for all.

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr.  “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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