During the latter part of Mr. A. S. Wirasinghe’s tenure Richmond had several teachers from India on her staff. Among them Dr. Menon and Mr. Devadason gave much to the college. The former could be seen walking from class to class with a book in his hands. He hardly took his eyes away from what he was reading. It is a wonder that he did not fall into the many a deep drain Richmond had everywhere.
Mr. Devadason was a tall, burly and a bespectacled soul but a simple man hailing from Kerala, India. He was a happy person with simple things in life and he occupied a room in the upstairs of Johanis Mudalali’s boutique which was later on run by his son Jinadasa popularly known as ‘Jina’. The boutique was a popular haunt for seniors who would go there to puff cigarettes. He would wash his face every morning at the public tap by the road side and the public toilet beside that for his daily abolutions as there was no running water provided to his room.
Mr. Devadason started a Radio Club for the benefit of senior students. He was a very methodical master. He took lot of pains as to how the components of a radio set would be wired inside the chassis. All conductors had to be bent at 90° angle where ever it was called for. No acute angle bending or hapahazard wiring was allowed by him. There were no transistors that operated on safe voltages unlike today during his time. The valve radio sets were the norm and they operated off dangerous voltages. It is to the credit of Mr. Devadason that no student of his ever got electrocuted either in college or in their houses. Sadly with Mr. Devadason’s departure after the takeover the club died a natural death.