Illustrious Alumnae

They have done us proud!

To us, every SJC girl is a winner. Here we profile some girls who have excelled in their field of specialisation.

There’s Priyadarshini award winner Dr. Frene Ginwals who was also Speaker of the South African National Assembly and Dr. Philomean Coelho, once a boarder, later a big name in obstetrics and gynaecology in Canada. There’s Malavika (Rajbans) Sanghvi editor, Bombay Times; Meher (Dastoor) Marfatia, who writes children’s book and Deborah (Gonsalves) Hamburger who plays in the Galician Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to perform in India with Zubin Mehta’s orchestra.

In more recent times we have Pallavi Shetty, a national level swimmer; Nisha Martins, who ranked among the first five in Maharashtra in the DCH exam and brand new ex-student, Ashita Misquitta (class of 2001), state level athlete. As the list is very long, here’s closer look at a few who are members of the Association.

Betty (Farias) Rego

Badminton Specialist, winner of the All India Juniors Championship in 1945, the Triple Crown at All India Badminton Tournament at Nagpur in 1950, and several other tournaments. She was in the news a few months ago when she and her husband Linus Rego celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary along with their nine children and their families.


Mary (D’Souza) Sequeira

First woman to represent India, which she did at the Helsinki Olympics, sprinted at the first and second Asian Games and won medals in both. Played hockey for India and earned the distinction of having represented the country in 2 disciplines, (so that she came to be known as the First Woman Double international of India). All India record-holder for the 100m, 200m and 80m hurdles for several years.


Pearl Drego

Currently founder-Director of TACET, the Transactional Analytic Centre For Education, Research and Training, New Delhi. A Ph.D. accredited as a psychotherapist, trainer and examiner with the International Transactional Analysis Association, San Francisco. Through TACET, Pearl conducts workshops for parents, teachers, managers, social workers, youth and community groups and has been involved in government programmes for women and the economically weaker section. She has given keynote addresses at conferences in Italy, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Holland and Switzerland on topics to women’s rights, religious formation and family therapy. She is the author of four books of which her handbook for family unity building called “Talk to me Mum and Dad” is the most popular.


Melanie (Rodrigues) Pereira

Ex-student and ex-teacher at SJC, and a formative influence on many of the teachers and children in our city. For the past 21 years she has been Teacher-Educator at Sophia College Polytechic Department of Early Childhood Education, at St. Margaret’s – Teacher Training Certificate Course and at SNDT University. She has conducted work-shops as a Teacher Educator and Resource person in several non-formal programmes for the socially and economically deprived sections of society in urban and rural areas and is also involved in Speech, Drama and Art Therapy at the Sadhana School for Special Children, teachers training at Dilkush School, Juhu and The Spasticss Society. Melanie also directs plays and puppet shows for hearing impaired, spastic, physically, mentally, socially and economically deprived children in special schools in Mumbai.


Aloo .J. Dastoor

Leader, Indian Delegation to the U.N. Commission the Status of women, 1978; Member, Senate/Council, Bombay University; Indian Delegation to UNESCO, 1974; Member-Executive Council, University Grants Commission, Central Advisory Board of Education, Indian Council of Social Science, Central Minorities Commission, 1977-80; First Woman President, Indian Political Science Association; Fulbright-John Harry Whitney Foundation Visiting Professor at two American Universities 1960-61; Sir Pherozashah Mehta Professor of Politics – 1958 –78; author of eight books, 23 articles in professional journals and lecturer for 38 years.


Ethel Collie

A teacher and Headmistress with an eventful career spanning pre and post-Independence days. Winner of British Council Scholarship, which gave her an opportunity to spend five months visiting schools and attending lectures, plays and tournament. The greatest satisfaction of her career, she says, was when the projects in her Prep classes in the small town of Rajkot were selected to be sent to the Commonwealth Institute in London, and won a special prize and favorable mention there.


Jean Vollenweider-Kingdom

An FTCL in singing, Jean is a well-known soloist and sings with many choirs in Europe. At last count she could give opera performances in five different languages.


Dilbur Parakh

Founder of Aseema, a non-governmental organization, striving for the right of the child. (Aseema has an Education Center for Street Children in Bandra). A lawyer by profession, she has worked with the Union for Civil Liberty, Thailand and as the Legal Officer for Asia and the Pacific with the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva. She has participated in UN Human Rights Organsization’meetings and missions to the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, E. Timor and Indonesia, organized seminars on legal services in the rural areas and paralegal training in India, Pakistan and Indonesia and been involved in various projects for women and children, the world over.


Joy (D’Souza) Pereira

Award winning Table Tennis player, captain of the Bombay team; Bombay State’s No. 1 and India’s No. 2 in 1961. Also an LTCL in music.


Marylou (Castelino) Bilawala

A solicitor, musician and accomplished singer. Now, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Stood first in the Solicitors Exam through the Incorporated Law Society of Bombay. Also stood first in India and Pakistan in the Trinity College 8th grade examinations in Pianoforte and won the Palamkote Prize for coming 1st in Bombay in the LTCL. She is also an ATCL in singing.


Myra Pereira

A well- known name in Table Tennis. Five-time winner of the All-India Petroleum Sports Control Board crown. She also won the first place in the Bombay Unit Inter-Oil tournament 14 times.


Excerpted from The Best Years of our Lives, published on the occasion of the SJC Ex-Students’ Association 10th Anniversary in 2001. If you wish to add more names of our Alumni, please email us :