Dr. Kharag Singh Sachdeva

April 1, 1925November 11, 2012

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Kharag Singh Sachdeva. In his final hours, he was surrounded by his immediate family in a room filled with prayer and love. As was Dr. Sachdeva’s character, he lived life to his fullest potential. Even in his last moments, he lived with grace and dignity. Dr. Sachdeva received his undergraduate degree from the Sikh National College of Lahore. Following his graduation from Glancy Medical College, now known as the Government Medical College Amritsar, he became a member of its medical faculty in 1950. With a passionate commitment to education, he rose through the ranks becoming Professor of Physiology and eventually Dean of Government Medical College Amritsar. Dr. Sachdeva also served as the Founding Principal for Faridkot Medical College. He was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation scholarship and did research at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1983, he retired as Director of Medical Education and Research for the State of Punjab. Subsequently, he was invited out of retirement to serve as Dean of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, in Wardha, Maharashtra. In 1990, Dr. Sachdeva and his wife relocated to the United States. Their second residential trip to the US was filled with work, family life, and a passion for gardening and travel. They initially resided in Philadelphia and more recently lived in Long Island. They made many trips to San Francisco. Dr. Sachdeva’s life exemplified love and care for others, hard work and self-discipline. He treasured meeting thousands of physicians who he had mentored during their formative years. He was a pillar of strength for his family and a support for all those he touched, near or far. His most significant legacy is that he lived by example and inspired those around him to attain their best potential. Dr. Sachdeva’s wife of 62 years, Mrs. Bhupinder Kaur, his 3 daughters, Navjeet, Manjeet, and Kulveen, sons-in-laws, and 6 grandsons are committed to emulating and further extending Dr. Sachdeva’s amazing legacy. In his remembrance and in keeping with Mrs. Sachdeva’s wishes, a private Sikh funeral service was performed on Tuesday, November 13th 2012 in Philadelphia. For those who wish to make a memorial contribution, please donate to the Kharag Singh and Bhupinder Sachdeva Charitable Foundation that makes contributions to charities and organizations that were near and dear to his heart. Contributions to the foundation are tax deductible. Email address: Mailing address: PO Box 310, Port Washington, NY 11050.


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November 20, 2013

A year has passed since the demise of our beloved Uncle. I just haven't the words to describe him. He was such versatile person. You sit with him and you wouldn't want to go anywhere. I just recall a few lines and it looked as those were written for him.

Don't stand on his grave and weep because he isn't there he didn't sleep.
He is in thousands of winds that blow, he is in the softly falling snow.
He is in the gentle shower of rain, he is in the ripening grain.
He is in the morning hush, he is in the graceful rush of beautiful birds in circulating flights
He is star-shine of nights.
He is in the flowers that bloom, he is in the quite room.
He is in the bird that sings, he is in each lovely thing.
Don't stand on his grave and weep because he isn't there, he didn't die.

Dr Guljinder Narang

Kaki and Sarwan Bedi

November 9, 2013

Deeply saddened to learn about Dr Uncle's departure. We consider ourselves blessed to have the good fortune of spending quality time with him in Delhi and Amritsar as well. For all these years we used to look forward to his annual visits to Delhi.

Uncle ji was always considerate and thoughtful towards others feelings and had words of appreciation for everyone. He himself earned enormous respect from one and all. We fondly remember the great deal of amusement and laughter we shared with his witty anecdotes.

Uncle ji had a great innings and his life needs to be celebrated. We will cherish his fond memories always and miss him.

Our warm regards to the family.

Neelam Bhalla

June 28, 2013

Wonderful child hood memories of time spent with uncle and the family.for me he was a kind gentle and a father figure who as I remember had a very strong hand in shaping the careers of his daughters.fathers always hold a special place I n their daughters lives and I am sure he is fondly remembered at every step....

Jaipreet Kaur

April 3, 2013

Dr. Kharag Singh ji as I call Uncle ji was a thorough Gentleman, well poised, spiritual and a divine soul. He left a lasting impression on my mind of his magnificent personality.His values are still present in the minds and hearts of his family, friends, students and many more like me who came across him in the course of their lives. My sincere prayers and thoughts for the family. May we follow his footsteps.

March 12, 2013

Dr Sachdeva was a real friend, philosopher and guide to all of his students who are practicing physicians all across the globe. As a teacher, and as a human being, he was admired and respected by all of his colleagues and medical students in the Medical College. On behalf of all of us, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathies to the entire Sachdeva family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time of sorrow and grief. We pray that his soul may rest in peace.

It is said that this world is like a stage, and upon birth, we all come to this stage, play our respective and assigned roles, and then depart once our role is done. Dr. Sachdeva arrived on the stage of this world 87 years ago in 1925. During his time on this stage, he conquered everybody's heart by his love, by his affection and by his noble deeds and then he left. His sudden and unexpected passing came as a great shock and left all of us in tears.

Those of you who had known him will agree that Dr. Sachdeva was the nicest person, and a gentleman through and through. He was very gentle, very kind, very caring, very compassionate and a very trustworthy human being. He was always available, always ready and ever willing to help everybody and anybody who so ever needed it.

Dr. Sachdeva, we are all going to miss you a lot. Your near and dear ones will miss you a lot, your friends and colleagues will miss you a lot and your students all across the globe are going to miss you a lot. Though you are gone, fond memories of you will remain with us for all the times to come.

Dr. Sahib, I know that at this moment you are not amongst us physically, but I am sure you are watching all this from somewhere up there and you must be wondering…
Hamare baad is mehfil mein
Afsaane byaan honge…
Baharein humko dhoondengi
Na jaane hum kahan honge…

Once again, I must say that Dr. Sachdeva was a very unique person, a very special person, one of a kind, not born every day. As an Urdu poet once said…
Hazaron saal nargis
Apni benoori pe roti hai
Badi mushkil se hota hai
Chaman mein deedaewar paida…

~ Dr. Jagan Pahuja, New York

Baldev Rai

March 10, 2013

Some people leave a lasting impression on your lives.Uncle (as we lovingly called him)was one such personality who was not only a great teacher ( I still remember renal physiology -"Kidney,the star performer" that he taught us ),but also a very loving fatherly figure that we will never forget.
We always loved to see him whenever we visited Long Island.His blessings always mattered a lot to Ritu and myself.Even Karan and Angad fondly remember him.
Manu, you are blessed that he was your father.
It was a privilege to be close to him.
His life deserves to be celebrated and honored not only by yourself, Venu, Navjit didi and aunty, but also by the thousands of students whose lives he touched!

Dilraj Bakshi

March 1, 2013

There are very few who have done so much for so many. While I'm really not in a position to comment on his working span, stretched over 40 years, I can recall that as a medical academician, he enjoyed an enviable reputation, a wealth of knowledge and brought honor and dignity to every post he ever held. Exemplary, a man of high principles who actually practiced what he preached.
Sadly, as his nephew, I got to know him better post his retirement. He always wore a captivating smile and had a spirited outlook towards life. I for one feel deprived that I was not able to spend more quality time with him. He will be missed for all times to come..

Rohit Dandiya

February 23, 2013

My memories of Dr Sachdeva are of a very graceful man who inspite of adversity always keep his head high with self respect and good humor.
I did not have the pleasure or the honor of knowing him as a teacher but based on what I knew of him in New York I could feel that Dr Sachdeva was indeed a special person who would, and did leave, a great legacy behind. He was fortunate to have doting daughters and son in laws, who also deserve a lot of credit for all the love and caring that they showered on him.

In time as the pain of the loss fades away, beautiful memories will be left behind that will bring a smile to everyone who was involved with his life.

Neera and Jasvir Jaspal

February 16, 2013

Dear Bhup Aunty,

Papa always spoke very highly of Uncle. In the last twelve years or so as we got to meet Uncle we got to know why this was so.

Uncle was a very affectionate and gentle soul with a unique sense of humor. He was a very knowledgeable person who could speak on any topic. But at the same time he was very humble and made you feel very comfortable. Whenever our visit would come to a close we always wished we could have spent more time with him.

Uncle leaves behind a great family......very loving daughters, sons-in-law and grandsons. He will be missed a lot by them, other relatives, students, friends and anyone else who had the good fortune of meeting him.

With regards and love,
Neera and Jasvir

February 13, 2013

Our heartfelt condolences to family and friends that share in this deep sorrow. Dr Sachdeva or as we lovingly called him 'Uncle ji' will be dearly missed; His sincere heart, his unconditional love and boundless wisdom will forever be remembered. Uncle ji's pressence here with us was nothing short of Gods grace, leaving behind a legacy of humilty, grace and honor. We carry his love and teachings with us. With a deep sense of sorrow as we say goodbye, there is this reassuring sense that his guiding light will forever remain with us and that his legacy lives on through his family and those that knew him. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for knowing such a gracious being, we send him love and thanks. May Babaji keep you all in his choicest blessings, bringing you strength, courage and peace.
God Bless
Brij,Sona & Sunny