Durga Das Guha
March 19, 1918 – July 4, 2020
Dr. Durga Das Guha, 102, of Terre Haute, IN, passed away of natural causes with his family by his side in Indianapolis, IN on July 4th. He served as a respected surgeon and healthcare professional in Vermillion, Parke, and Vigo Counties from 1975 onwards. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kalpana; his daughter, Nandita, son, Rajiv, and grandchildren Ethan and Sonia.
Dr. Guha was born on March 19, 1918, in Mymensingh, Bengal (present-day Bangladesh), spending his childhood in Chittagong. Fulfilling a childhood dream, he studied medicine and received a degree (M.B.B.S) from Calcutta University. Immediately after, he joined Military Service as a Medical Officer for the Indian Army Medical Corps during World War II engaging in front line duties with the Allied Forces Italian Campaign. In wartime, he was promoted to Regimental Medical Officer (R.M.O.) of the 2nd Battalion in the 6th Gurkha Rifles with rank Captain.
Soon after WWII, Dr. Guha left for England to specialize in Surgery. During his decade-plus stay in England, he served at numerous NHS hospitals gathering considerable surgical experience as House Surgeon and Registrar in general, orthopedic, and thoracic Surgery as well as achieving the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (F.R.C.S.Eng) in 1956. Dr. Guha returned to Calcutta and then, in 1961, he took up the role as Surgical Specialist with the Ministry of Health, Ghana. He remained in this position for several years and then moved back to England. Soon after he moved to the USA accepting an appointment at Norton Hospital in Louisville, KY. He settled down and set up his private practice in Indiana, serving both Vermillion and Parke Counties in 1975.
Dr. Guha was an active member of the Indian Association of Terre Haute and an enthusiastic fundraiser for the March of Dimes of Terre Haute. At the age of 95, he was awarded the Fundraiser of the Year Award by the March of Dimes of Terre Haute. Dr. Guha was an avid jogger, world traveler, took an active interest in the stock market, and was known to love and eat bags of chilies in one sitting. Dr.Guha is held in loving memory by his family, friends, and the many communities he has served.
Cremation will take place at Leppert Mortuaries in Indianapolis. A private ceremony will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dr. Guha’s name to the March of Dimes Indiana Chapter, 6330 E. 75th Street #306, Indianapolis, IN 46250 or Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 South Meridian St. #200, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leppertmortuary.com
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Durga Das Guha
August 4, 2020
Dr. Guha was a very kind friend to my parents, Dr. Anil Kumar Sarkar and Dr. Dipa Sarkar. I remember coming home for Thanksgiving for many years just to attend the dinner party at his home hosted by him and Kalpana masi. I still miss those times! My mom and I also used to visit him occasionally at his home whenever I visited my mom. We all laughed and laughed!
All our love and condolences to the entire Guha family, Dipa and Rumjhum
Bidisha Ghose Ranadeep Ghose
July 12, 2020
We are deeply shocked to hear the news of sad demise of our Boro Pishemoshay (Dr. Durga Das Guha) on 4th July, 2020.
We have meet him on several time when he visited Kolkata. We have many joyful memories when Boro Pishi and Pishemoshay came to Kolkata. We remember their meeting with us (many of the members of our Ghose family were also there) in Main Land China Restaurant perhaps that was their last visit to Kolkata during 2007. We also remember the good qualities and dignified gestures of our Pishemoshay. He has left us for heavenly abode but we will remember him for life long.
We also sincerely express our deepest condolence to our Boro Pishi, Tomadidi, Tarundada, Ethen and Sonia.
July 11, 2020
Pishemoshai may your soul rest in peace. Though we were oceans apart physically but still remember your gracious presence occassionally to our paternal home during our childhood. Pishi, Toma'di, Tarun'da and the little ones Sonia, Ethan were lucky to have received your warmth,support and motivation in their lives from your illustrious life and its memorable journey.
You played like Tendulkar throughout and retired with your head held high. You provided motivation to one and all and an author could have penned down this ups and downs of life, the struggles, the ocean of experience which you gathered and finally the journey to the top.
But memories will continue to linger and remind your family the greatest days they had spent with you.
You'll continue to blossom even after your journey to heavenly abode and shower your blessings to everyone who were around you in this uncertain journey called 'life'.
Tasneem ( Shakhi ) Zafrullah
July 9, 2020
We are very sad & sorry to lose a good friend like Dr. Guha. He was a very nice gentleman. We will miss him very much . Our deepest condolences & sympathy for. Kalpana di , Toma & Tarun , & the grandchildren. May God give them strength. Just now heard that Kalpana di has tested positive for COVID 19. We are very sad to hear this news & pray for her speedy recovery. We are sad we can’t visit the family & be at their side due to the pandemic. Our regards , Shakhi &. Jewel
Swapan & Rita Ghosh
July 8, 2020
We were deeply saddened when the news came that Dr. Guha had passed away. He played so many key roles in our lives - a loving friend, a thoughtful mentor, a family physician, and surgeon. Our minds are full of melancholy and sweet memories of him! A century slipped away with him, leaving us to reflect.
We will miss hearing his thrilling stories and warm laughter over a glass of scotch. We fondly recall his proud recollection of his life in Italy during World War II inside a Taranto bunker where, in makeshift medical units, he took care wounded
soldiers. He also frequently talked about how he witnessed the Chittagong freedom fighters’ armed uprising against the British rule- a difficult period during which he also lost his beloved mother.. .
In Dr. Guha, we lost a dear friend, a well wisher, and a brilliant mind all around. The consolation is that he achieved a lot and enjoyed life through all its ups and downs. Our deepest condolences to Mrs Guha, Toma, Tarun, and grandkids Ethan and Sonia. May he now rest in eternal peace and tranquility!
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July 8, 2020
My name is Pallabi (Jhuma) and Mr Durga Guha was my maternal uncle (husband of my aunt). Mr. Guha (pishomoshay) has been a source of inspiration for the entire family for his accomplishments and achievements. Though I was a toddler, I have very fond memories of him when he used to visit our house in Kolkata (India) - his towering personality, his presence is still so afresh in our memories. My father (Rudratej aka Bolton) and maa (Kaberi) have always spoken very highly of Pishomoshai. His altruistic lifestyle and contribution to the society only epitomized his noble principles.
Now that he has left for his heavenly abode and has left behind his wife, very accomplished and successful children and grand children - we are deeply saddened with his demise and pray for his immediate family members and friends. Pishemoshai will always remain in our hearts!!!!