OBITUARY

Kishin Menghraj Gehi

July 10, 1941May 7, 2021

Kishin M. Gehi passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 7, 2021 at age 79 at his home in Anniston, AL surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 10, 1941 in Karachi, India, the first-born son of Menghraj and Rukmani Gehi. His father was an aeronautics engineer who worked for Imperial Airways then Air India. The family escaped from Karachi in 1947 as the Partition of India was underway. From there the family lived in Surat, Calcutta, and Nairobi before settling in Bombay with his many brothers (Sunder, Mohan, Gopal) and sisters (Saroj, Kamal). He completed undergraduate and medical degrees in India then immigrated to the United States in 1970 with the support of his father. One year later, he came back to India and met Chandra (Radha), also a physician, in Bombay. Though they were from different communities, the families felt they would be a good match. Kishin’s sister Saroj, who was very close to Kishin, knew Chandra from medical school and was very encouraging to him. They married and returned together to Memphis, Tennessee to start a new life. In 1973, their first son, Anil, was born. The early years in the U.S. were difficult – they were busy with residency training and caring for Anil, but they quickly assimilated to life in the U.S. Kishin and Chandra completed their medical training in Birmingham where their second son, Sanjay, was born, and eventually they settled in Anniston, Alabama in 1978. Kishin was a family physician as well as nuclear medicine and occupational medicine specialist for the community of Anniston for over 35 years. He gained the utmost respect in the larger Anniston area for being a compassionate, caring, and attentive physician. To his extended family, whom Kishin and Chandra were very close to, he was recognized as the wise patriarch of the family, who always spoke with clarity and good humor. Others would come to him for advice and guidance and he was always ready to give it. He was a lifelong lover of music, having learned sitar from Ravi Shankar, in his youth. He enjoyed the outdoors and often spoke of his time in the Boy Scouts and his journey climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He prided himself on being a citizen of the world, like his father, speaking many languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Sindhi, and Swahili, in addition to English and his native Bagnari. He and Chandra were world travelers later in life. He was very proud of his life’s accomplishments and particularly of his children and his grandchildren and always spoke very highly of them. Later in life, he was troubled with multiple health issues but was invigorated after the good fortune of receiving a kidney transplant in 2013. The family is grateful to the love and support he received from his extended family, friends, and all the healthcare providers. He spent his life caring for his family and his community. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Kishin was preceded in death by his father Menghraj and mother Rukmani, sister Saroj and brother Sunder. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Chandra Gehi; sons Anil Gehi (Louise Metz) and Sanjay Gehi (Josiane Adler) and grandchildren Pascal, Elias, and Kairav Gehi; brothers Mohan Gehi (Roshan), Gopal Gehi (Geeta); sister Kamal Subbiah (A. Subbiah); brother-in-law Bhaskar Bhatt; and sister-in-law Geeta Gehi. A memorial service will be held at Johns-Ridout’s Funeral Parlor at 2116 University Blvd Birmingham, AL at 3 pm on Sunday, May 9, 2021. A private ceremony will be held for immediate family at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations in his name be sent to the Alabama Kidney Foundation at www.alkidney.org.

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  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 9, 2021

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Arvind and Sona Patel

May 8, 2021

Offering our heartfelt condolences to the family and praying that Lord Krishna gives you the strength to bear this loss.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti 🙏🏻🕉🙏🏻

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