I am deeply saddened by the death of Prof (Dr) I P Newman Fernandes, an educationist par excellence and the dynamo behind the remarkable progress a chieved by Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim, since its establishment in 1990. I feel extremely privileged and honoured to write this tribute to Prof N ewman who for me was a Principal, teacher, colleague, guide, counselor and friend, all roles clubbed into one making him someone special and unique. Though Prof Newman began his teaching career in edu cation at St Xavier s College in Mapusa, it is at Rosary College that he really proved his mettle of being a distinguished educational leader. In its Founder Principal, Rosary College discovered a visionary under whose leade rship and management it would be nurtured for the initial twelve long but hugely successful years. Within this short span of time it made giant strides introducing newer programmes, specially, BCA and BBA which would, in the years to come, substantially enhance the financial resources available to initiate numerous infrastructure developmental activities. To me and to the other teaching and non-teaching faculty, who were almost all in their early or late twenties, he was a mentor who was willing to make tough decisions when required and follow them through. He was a hard task master yet good natured, sympathetic, approachable and deeply sensitive to our needs and so commanded the respect of all the constituents of the college. I remember almost in nostalgia, way back in the early nineties, when Prof Newman drove a white Fiat car and travelled daily all the way from Aldona to Rosary College in Navelim, and a few of us availed of his generosity and got a lift in his car to come to college. I remember with gratitude and deep respect at least five times when I happened to get up late and Prof Newman, going out of his way, would drive into the by lane leading to my house and there I would be hurriedly dressing up all the time