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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66


Department of Microbiology, J.J.M. Medical College, Davanagere, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission26-Dec-2020
Date of Acceptance27-Dec-2020
Date of Web Publication03-Feb-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. M G Usha
Department of Microbiology, J.J.M. Medical College, Davanagere - 577 004, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_116_20

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Usha M G. Obituary. APIK J Int Med 2021;9:66

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Usha M G. Obituary. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 8];9:66. Available from: https://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2021/9/1/66/308644

Medical fraternity has lost a passionate teacher, voracious speaker, good administrator, academician, and physician.

Dr. H. Gurupadappa was born as the third son to the couple late Shri Siddalingappa and Smt. Rudramma on May 4, 1932. Having come from a small place called Hedne, Davanagere district, after basic education, he went on to become a popular doctor in the district. Late Smt. M. Prameela was his wife.

Dr. H. Gurupadappa completed his MBBS at Mysore Medical College, Mysore (1950–1956), and MD General Medicine at Government Medical College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh (1958–1961). In the early period of his profession, he worked at various cadres at different medical colleges, viz., Mysore Medical College, KMC Hubballi; BMC, Bengaluru; and J.J.M. Medical College (J.J.M.M.C.), Davanagere. He was Professor of Medicine and Principal at J.J.M.M.C. (1972–1993). He rendered his services at J.J.M.M.C. as Principal for about 21 years! This can be called the “Golden period” in the history of J.J.M.M.C. During this period, J.J.M.M.C. witnessed great developments under his leadership including the start of postgraduate studies. His contribution in the nurturing of medicine department in J.J.M.M.C. to reach the best level was enormous. He is popularly known as “The teacher for teachers.” He has trained several thousands of medical students and has guided horde of postgraduates. His students are seeded across the globe. He continued his services in J.J.M.M.C. as Professor Emeritus from July 25, 1994. Subsequently, he became the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research in J.J.M.M.C till he breathed the last. Sir was an all-rounder in the field of General Medicine. He always believed and said that patients are the best teachers and medical school is the temple for doctors. He always inspired and motivated medical students to become good academicians.

Dr. H. Gurupadappa was a good sportsman too. He loved playing cricket and lawn tennis. He enjoyed good food, Davanagere benne dose being one of his favorites. People in Davanagere still remember his early morning walk that used to start at 5.00 AM and end with a bite of benne dose and a cup of coffee.

We (me and my husband) cannot forget his short visit to our house along with his wife. He spoke enthusiastically on how he prepared instant coffee at times in his house. He delivered a talk on coffee for about 10 min while his wide-opened joy-filled eyes expressed how much he loved a cup of good coffee!!! I am one in that “lucky batch” of students (1987 batch) to whom Sir hosted a “Tea Party” (to 250 students) for the batch achievements both in academic and extracurricular activities. He was a good host too.

Sir enjoyed traveling a lot. He was fond of attending conferences, CME programs, and seminars (as said by his colleagues). He kept himself updated with the latest developments in the field of medicine. His students admire him for his attire. He was always elegantly dressed and had huge collection of coats and suits.

Dr. H. Gurupadappa always considered and treated patients as his family members. This charismatic physician left to his heavenly abode on September 25, 2020. He is survived by his four children.

May the departed soul attain Sadgati.

This is a humble attempt to express our gratitude to Dr. H. Gurupadappa sir.


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