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Dr. Debesh Das

March 28, 1954 – August 15, 2022

A loving father and husband, Dr. Debesh Chandra Maldas, aged 68, residing in Brentwood, Tennessee, passed away on August 15, 2022. Born on March 28, 1954, in Gokul Nagar Gram, to Sachindra Nath and Sushilabala Maldas, Debesh spent his formative years in Midnapore, West Bengal, India. As a young man, he studied at Calcutta University and achieved his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1985. He continued his Postdoctoral work at the University of Quebec in Canada. He completed a Fellowship in Japan’s University of Kyoto in 1995. Debesh continued his career in the United States as a visiting professor at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2002. In 2002, he joined the State of Tennessee’s Department of Health. An exceptionally accomplished scientist, Debesh achieved seven patents, published numerous research publications, and was awarded the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board award. On February 8, 1988, he married Sukti Maldas in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Debesh and Sukti welcomed their beautiful daughter Deya Maldas in Three Rivers, Quebec, Canada on April 4, 1994. Debesh lived a full life, often enjoying gardening and achieving multiple awards at the TN State Fair and Williamson County Fair for his agriculture. He was a prominent, active and beloved member of the Bengali Association of Greater Nashville. Debesh is survived by Sukti Maldas and Deya Maldas. He was a loving, kind and giving man. He will forever be loved and missed.


Dr. Dilip Kumar Bhowmik

December 25, 1939 – April 15, 2022

Dr. Dilip Kumar Bhowmik passed away peacefully on Friday April 15, 2022. at the age of 82 years old. He was recovering from aspiration pneumonia at West Meade Place Physical Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhowmik was born on December 25, 1939 in Badal, India (now Bangladesh) to Kali Pada & Sneha Lata Bhowmik. He graduated from Banaras Hindu University with an undergraduate BSc Agriculture degree in 1960 and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics degree in 1963. He met his wife, Shubha Golime, in Hyderabad in 1965, while they were both participating in an international research program called Diffusion of Innovations funded by Michigan State University. Shubha and Dilip were married on July 1, 1967, in Hyderabad. Theirs was a love marriage and the ceremony was held in Hyderabad and officiated by the Chancellor of Institute of Community Development, ICS Jacobs. Dilip and Shubha moved to the United States in September 1967 to pursue Dilip’s PhD in Communications at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. They then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1971 where Dilip was a professor at Fisk University from 1971-2005 with a two year stint at Meharry Medical College (1971-73.) Dilip was the head of the Fisk University Sociology Department for a number of years. He and Dr. Everett Rogers are renowned today for their article, “Homophily-Heterophily: Relational Concepts for Communication Research.” Dilip had many interests and held many titles outside of his career as a college professor. He was a longtime leader in the Nashville Indian community, serving as the President of the India Association of Nashville (1982-83) and as one of the founders of the Bengali Association of Greater Nashville. He directed and acted in many Bengali theatrical productions and performed in many Indian Republic Day Celebrations. Dilip Bhowmik is survived by his wife Shubha Bhowmik, his two daughters and sons-in-law, Shonali Bhowmik & Jasper Patch, Ruchi Bhowmik & Francis Grab, granddaughters Priya and Kavi Grab, brothers Biplab and Pralay Bhowmik and his sister Anita Ghosh, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please forward your condolences to: Statement from daughters Shonali and Ruchi Bhowmik Dad’s keen sense of humor kept our family laughing. He taught us to embrace others no matter their race, religion, sex or creed. He was a fighter for social justice and civil rights. We will never forget marching with Dad in the march against apartheid when South Africa was invited to play the Davis Cup hosted in Nashville 1978. Dad was a jokester and often played pranks on his wife with his kids such as wearing a wig and fooling his wife as an unruly customer at her Indian variety store, Shubha’s Enterprises. Dad was known for his kindness and wonderful smile and ALWAYS said “thank you” even while he was experiencing tremendous discomfort during his illness. He had a strong moral character and was highly disciplined pushing us to be better and do better. He always said he was a simple man and content with the simple things in life. We loved waking up as little girls at the break of dawn to go fishing with him. We admired his ability to always see the simple truths within the complexities of life. He was an astute observer of humanity and human nature and challenged us to think critically. He believed we all had so much more in common with each other than we realize. He was a fighter til the end and we are grateful to have had him as our father. Dad’s intellect, wisdom, wit, compassion, kindness and undying devotion to his family will be missed by his wife of over 54 years Shubha Bhowmik, his two daughters and sons-in-law, Shonali Bhowmik & Jasper Patch, Ruchi Bhowmik & Francis Grab, two granddaughters Priya and Kavi Grab, his two brothers Bipalap and Pralay Bhowmik and his sister Anita Ghosh, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Here is a 15 minute video celebrating their then 45th marriage anniversary of Shubha and Dilip which Shonali made in 2012. It displays Dad’s great sense of humor and love for his wife Shubha.


Lily Chatterjee

 – October 18, 2021

Dear All, With heavy heart we share the sad news of the demise of our dearest Mrs. Lily Chatterjee for her journey to eternal peace in heaven. We offer our deepest condolences for the family of Lily di. With her we lost a lifelong dedicated member of BAGN. May God bless her soul. Memorial Services and Cremation will be held on : Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 10 am-12 pm at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville TN.37209. Tel. 615-352-9400. The family requests that you make donations to UNICEF, in her honor in lieu of flowers. Please attend only if you are vaccinated, and please wear a mask. Bengali Association of Greater Nashville Coordinating Committee


Dr. Molly Syamali Chatterjee

September 17, 1943 – February 28, 2020

Her visitation was held on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 5-8pm at the Roesch-Patton Funeral Home 9010 Church Street E, Brentwood, TN 37027. Private cremation and burial services were held subsequently for the family. Obituary (Shared with us by her daughter Dr. Suzanna Chatterjee) Dr. Molly Syamali Chatterjee, 76, of Brentwood, Tennessee died on February 28, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. She was born on September 17, 1943 in Kolkata, India, she is preceded in death by her parents, elder brother and her late husband, Jay Subimal Chatterjee. Dr. Chatterjee was dual Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. She practiced medicine on four continents – Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. During her career, she took care of thousands of women and assisted them in childbirth. She was an outstanding student during her medical studies winning many gold and silver medals for her achievements. She was dedicated to medical education and academic medicine. Over the course of her career, she was given multiple awards and was a well-published Professor of Medicine. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Bonn, Germany who made significant professional contributions to fetal doppler ultrasound research. She was an active Rotarian, including becoming a Paul Harris Fellow and an Arch Klumph Society Member with Rotary International. After having a successful private medical practice and retiring, she dedicated her life to philanthropy. Most recently, she was able to see her dream of opening a hospital in Kolkata, India come to fruition after years of planning, hard work and determination. She was so excited and happy about Rotary International breaking ground to build a hospital in Kolkata this year. Her generous charitable givings to establish the “Dr. Molly S. Chatterjee Endowed Fund” to benefit projects in Maternal and Child Health, in perpetuity, through Rotary International. She loved traveling, classical Indian dance and music, poetry Rabindranath Tagore, trying different cuisines, hosting and planning parties and events, and spending time with her granddaughter and family and friends. She is survived by her two daughters, Shilina Brown, Esq., Suzanna Chatterjee, MD, son-in-law Deron Brown, Esq., granddaughter Olivia Brown and many friends and family.

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