Dear Dan, Betsy and Henry:
It is with great love and fondness that I will always remember your father. I have known your family since 1953 when your parents brought you to Ludhiana, India. You were kids then, but we were friends. Back then you knew me as tall (lumba) Gill who would look over the fence of your house and wave to you. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss; I will always remember both of your parents with great joy.
I was a student in the first class your dad taught at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, and he was a great inspiration to me. At the time, putting emphasis on preventing disease was brand new discipline, and when he arrived, your dad established the first department of Preventive Medicine in India. As young medical students, we visited villages and were assigned by your father to families that we remained in contact with during the entirety of our five years of Medical School. This experience was profound, and helped us understand the genesis of illness and how it could be prevented. I distinctly remember going to the assembly hall every Saturday for your father’s moderation of special case presentations. The whole faculty and student body would assemble, discuss different aspects of a case, and in the end your dad will lay out how the illness could have been prevented.
I remember how much we all loved your father and how we all wanted to be just like him. He always had that wonderful smile of his, and was constantly encouraging and challenging us to be our best. It was such an exciting time for all of us as young aspiring medical students, and he has always meant a lot to me personally. I stayed in contact with him over the years, and even though I went into Surgery he never held that against me. Both your parents were very kind and loving and I always felt part of the family. I will miss them both.