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Newsletter. Issue 2003.

Amchi Khobor

Amchi Khobor to make a special appearance @ Amchi Picnic! on August 16, 2003 at Hempstead Harbor Park, New York.

"A work of Love"
Philomena & Dr. Gilbert Lawrence

"I wish someone had written something similar on Irish culture". An Irish Nun

"Your book is so interesting, it is distracting our sex life. My husband late at night asks me a question or tells me some interesting fact on Goa from the book". A Goan couple.

Amchi Khobor - Our News - Inside Goa is a historical, religious, social, cultural and economic review of Goa. To children and adult Goans in the Diaspora, it serves as a valuable guide. It is also an ideal gift to promote Goa and the rich heritage of Goans, among friends, colleagues and neighbors. Priced at a token $5/-, Amchi Khobor is available only at Goan functions.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with Dr & Mrs. Gilbert Lawrence on August 16, 2003 at Hempstead Harbor Park. They have kindly agreed to give us a short humorous talk on The importance of maintaining Goan culture in the Diaspora.

About the authors
Philomena (nee Pereira) has her roots in the village of Sangolda, Bardez. She was born in Bombay. Her mother was born in what is now Indonesia where her parents (originally from Aldona) had a business. Philomena is hence a product of one of the early Goan Diasporas. She graduated from St. Anne's High School, Bombay, received the Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Xavier's College, Bombay and Bachelor of Education from St. Xavier's Institute of Education and taught at St. Xavier's Boys' Academy. She is now a freelance writer.

Dr. Gilbert Lawrence is from Aldona. His father was from Xantaxette and his mother from Guirdolim (near Chandor) in Salcette. Gilbert was born in Bombay, the last of eight children. He studied in St. Thomas High School in Aldona (1952-1955) and graduated from Loyola High School in Margao at the age of thirteen. He studied at St. Xavier's College, Bombay, and Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Bombay. In 1968 he graduated from medical school at the young age of 23. He then studied to be a surgeon at KEM Hospital and Tata Memorial Hospital in Bombay in 1972.

On obtaining his Masters in Surgery Degree from Bombay University, Dr. Lawrence's interests in cancer took him to England to study Radiation Oncology -- the science of treating tumors with radiation. In 1976 Dr. Lawrence obtained his Diploma in Medical Radiation Therapy (DMRT) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, and also the Fellowship from the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR). At the FRCR examination he stood first and was awarded the Rohan Williams Medal. In doing so, Dr. Lawrence was the first Indian to be awarded the prestigious British award in a medical subspecialty examination coveted by physicians from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia and all former British colonies.

During his career, Dr. Lawrence has published over sixty papers and review articles in many cancer journals. His special interest is the treatment of breast and prostate cancers. He has held numerous academic appointments including Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Kansas Medical School. He is the recipient of numerous awards in the United States and has been the guest speaker at many medical meetings and international conferences.

Currently, Dr. Lawrence is Chairman of the Cancer Committee at the Regional Cancer Centre at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in Utica, NY.

Philomena and Gilbert were married in 1973. They along with their daughter Melanie, Immigrated to the United States in 1977. The Lawrences' hobbies are travel, history and amateur ballroom dancing


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