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Mahadeo P. "Dave" Verma


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Mahadeo P. "Dave" Verma Obituary
Mahadeo P. "Dave" Verma, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away peacefully on April 12, 2015 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, DE surrounded by family. He was 85 years old.

Dave was born in Narsinghpur, MP India on March 15, 1929. He was the 6th child of 12 siblings. He began his life in America in 1956. He received his higher education in the USA, earning his BA in Biology from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, a Masters degree in Zoology and a PhD in Hygiene and Preventative Medicine from the State University of IA and an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh.

He was an active member of the Dover community for 43 years. Dave began his major life's work as the Director of Public Health Labs in DE in 1973. He served in that position for 25 years. During his long public health career he was a champion for public health and preventative medicine on a state, national and global scale. From 1991 – 1999 he worked closely with the World Health Organization and USAID-India to develop standards for medical lab practitioners being trained in working with blood and blood-borne pathogens in the fight against HIV/AIDS in India and Africa. Dave also reviewed the Polio Lab Network performance standards in The Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Dave was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Dover, DE for 43 years. He founded the SEARCH class Sunday school group and enjoyed studying and fellowship, establishing life- long friendships. He was a lay reader and an usher and also served at the conference level developing a healthcare initiative and program for parish nurses. He loved cooking in the church kitchen and serving meals to the congregation and community.

He loved food and cooking. They were his passion outside of his work. He used to say "presentation is everything." He was a great cook and enjoyed feeding friends and family. He never knew a stranger and helped anyone in need. In the 70s and 80s Dave, along with the rest of his family gave their time and talents to the local theater scene in Dover, participating in and stage managing productions from the Kent County Theater Guild and the Singing Players.

Dave gave his time in retirement to the local Republican Party and volunteered many hours to support candidates and his party values. He also enjoyed teaching swimnastics and water yoga at the Dover YMCA and helping to raise money for YMCA KIDS CAMPAIGN each year.

He loved growing vegetables in his garden and sharing the bounty of this efforts with friends and family. Dave cherished each friendship he had, loved his family and devoted himself to doing good in the world.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rajaram and Subhadra Verma, six sisters, two brothers and his mother in law, Beulah Cummins.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years and 9 months, Sally Jo Verma, daughter Sandhya (Matthew) Higgins and granddaughter Emma Higgins of Dover. He is also survived by his sister Vimla Pandya, nieces Pragati ( Dave) Greer of Wilmington, DE, Sumati (Reid) Pandya of Atherton, CA, Jyoti (Vu) Pandya of Highlands Ranch, CO, Sister in law Rebecca (Ed) Holstrom of Cedar Rapids, IA, nieces Jennifer (Jim) Miller of Cedar Rapids, IA, Sarah (Joel) Rochleau of Haiwatha, IA, nephew Jon(Erin) Holstrom of Des Moines, IA and many other nieces, nephews and relatives in the United States, India and Canada.

A brief celebration of life service will be held 10AM on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Torbert Funeral Chapel 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Route 10) in Dover, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 South State Street, Dover, DE 19901.

Letters of condolences may be sent and guest book signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.
Published in Dover Post from Apr. 14 to Apr. 24, 2015
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