TRIBUTES

TO A FEW OF THE LEADING LIGHTS OF PALATHINKAL, WHO LEFT US FOR THEIR HEAVENLY ABODE & TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL WITH US, WHO HELPED US IN RUNNING THE KUDUMBAYOGAM


MATHEN MATHAI (Major Mathai) (PL.1.2.5)

Youngest son of Mathen (PL.1.2)
Mathen Mathai (Major Mathai) belonged to the 7th generation of Palathinkal

Mathen Mathai, popularly known as Major Mathai was the youngest son of Ithak Mathen. He did his schooling at C.M.S.College High School, Kottayam. Later, he was sponsored by his elder brother P.M.Varkey (Varkey Magistrate) for higher education and thus he did his Licentiate in Medicine from Madras Medical College. Immediately after completing the course, he had the good fortune to come into contact with the Prince of Travancore (the first in line to the Travancore throne). The prince encouraged and supported him to go abroad for higher studies, following which he went to UK and took his Licentiate from the University of Edinborough. Unfortunately, during this period, the crown prince passed away. With this, Mathen Mathai’s ambition of becoming official physician of Maharaja of Travancore also perished.

On his return from UK, he set up his practice in Bombay. He married Rebecca, daughter of Ittoop of Vadasseril family of Kottayam. The couple were blessed with one son Mathai. Unfortunately, young Rebecca died and hence Mathen Mathai married Grace, daughter of Diwan Behadur V. Varghese of Kozhymannil family of Thiruvalla. They had five children, three sons (George, Thomas and Joseph) and two daughters. Fate played cruel again and Grace along with the two little daughters died following an epidemic of Cholera, which struck Bombay.

After the death of Grace, Dr.Mathai stopped private practice, on obtaining, ‘Kings Commission’ in Indian Medical Service. He then married Accamma daughter of Kurien of Pookkoikkal family of Kayamkulam. They did not have any children.

Dr.Mathai retired from service in the rank of ‘Major’. He died at the age of 72 years and Accamma ten years later.

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