Prof Leslie Gunawardena bids adieu
The funeral of Prof Leslie Gunawardena, renowned historian, Former
Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University and former Science and
Technology Minister, was held at the Mahaiyawa cemetery yesterday.
His remains were brought from his residence at Heeressagala to the
senate building of the University of Peradeniya in the evening to be
kept for the public to pay last respect as an honour for the service he
rendered to the University community.
Gunawardena was born in Tholangamuwa and completed primary education
at the Tholangamuwa Central College. He graduated in history from the
University of Peradeniya. In 1961 he completed his Phd from the
University of London with colours. Then he joined the University of
Peradeniya as a lecturer. Later he became the Dean of the Arts Faculty.
Prof Gunawardena was the Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University
from 1996 to 1999. He was an active member of the Communist Party of Sri
Lanka (CPSL) from 1960.