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Jnanendra Kumar Bhattacharjee
Dr. Jnanendra Kumar Bhattacharjee died Tuesday
October 7, 2014 at Fort Hamilton Hospital, Hamilton, Ohio at the age of
A long-time resident of Oxford, Ohio, he was born in
Sylhet, Bangladesh. Following
his studies at MC College and Dhaka University, he obtained a Ph.D. from
Southern Illinois University. He
became a Professor of Microbiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in
1968 where he remained for 40-plus years, most recently as an Emeritus
Professor. Over the years, he
has received many awards and recognition for his outstanding research,
successful teaching career and dedicated service to Miami University and
the Oxford community.
Dr. Bhattacharjee has served as President of the
Oxford Kiwanis Club and as Board of Director and President of the Oxford
Community Foundation. He has
received Kiwanis’ Hixon Award for outstanding service, the outstanding
Circle K Advisor of Ohio, a Mayor's proclamation and Oxford's Citizen of
the Year among other awards.
Dr. Bhattacharjee was a leader amongst the Indian
communities of the Tri-State region of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
A very ardent supporter of the Hindu Society of Greater Cincinnati,
Dr. Bhattacharjee played a key role in the establishment of the new,
inclusive, Hindu temple in Batavia. He
was one of a small group of visionaries who, thirty years ago, founded the
Tri-State Durga Puja, a fall festival attended by more than 1,000 people
from more than three states, most recently held on September 27 and 28.
He was a founder of Agrani (the Bengali Society of Greater
Cincinnati). A great
philanthropist, Dr. Bhattacharjee established the effort to annually raise
funds for the Free-Store Food Bank in commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s
birthday. He led the fund
drive efforts in support of the American Red Cross following the
devastating tsunami and following cyclones, floods, and earthquakes in his
native Bangladesh and India.
Dr. and Mrs. Bhattacharjee
have established a Microbiology scholarship/endowed fund at Miami
University and a children's education endowed fund at the Oxford Community
Foundation, among other philanthropic projects.
Dr. Bhattacharjee is survived by his wife of 45
years, Tripti, his son Gourab of San Diego, CA, and his daughter Mala of
Brooklyn, NY. Visitation will
be on Friday, October 10, from 4:00-7:00 PM, at the Ogle & Paul R.
Young Funeral Home, 5086 College Corner Pike, Oxford. Hindu cremation
services will be held Saturday, October 11, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the
Gwen-Mooney Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be
made to the Oxford Community Foundation, 22 East High St, Oxford, OH
45056, (www.oxfordfdn.org/donate.html) with a memo directed to the J.K and
Tripti Bhattacharjee Needy Children’s Fund.
Condolences may be sent online to www.oglepaulyoungfuneralhome.com.
BAI donated $ 750 to
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana at
Sharod Sandya on Saturday, October
Bengali Association of Indiana (BAI) donated $ 750 to the Gleaners Food
Bank of Indiana at BAI’s annual fall festival celebration (Sharod
Sandhya 2013) on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Mr. David Moore, the Chief
Advancement Officer of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, accepted the check
for $ 750 from BAI’s fundraising committee members, Mr. Arnab Bag and
Dr. Saumyadip Dasgupta. Mr. Moore met with the president of BAI,
Mrs. Kalyani Bose, thanked the audience for the donation, and requested
the involvement of BAI members in volunteering for the Gleaners Food Bank