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Dr. Sudipta "Dipti" Das

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Dr. Sudipta "Dipti" Das departed this earthly life into her eternal life in the hands of God on Tuesday February, 18 2014 with her loved ones at her bedside.She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Sankar C. Das and darling mother of two daughters: Dr. Samita S. Das and Dr. Aiyesha Dey. She is survived by her four brothers, Dipu Ghosh, Romen Ghosh, Wing Commander Robbin Ghosh and Ranjan Ghosh. Dr. Das is preceded in death by her brother, Wing Commander Rajat Ghosh and parents, Sushil Krishna Ghosh and Kamala Ghosh. Dr. Das was born in Chandanagore, West Bengal India and attended St. Joseph's Convent School. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Calcutta University in India with Honors in History. Her Master's and Ph.D. degrees were received from Tulane University in New Orleans where she graduated top of her class in both categories. This achievement won her the prestigious Seeley Dissertation Fellowship to conduct her research in French history in Paris, France. Dr. Das was a Full Professor of History and was passionately dedicated to her students at Tulane University, the University of New Orleans and Southern University of New Orleans. She was the Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern University at New Orleans and remained dedicated to her life's work up till her last day tenaciously and bravely battling the reoccurrence of breast cancer. Her teaching and research interests were in the areas of Eighteenth Century France, Modern Europe, United States, World Cultures, South Asia, Asian Americans in the United States, and Eastern Spiritualism. Dr. Das has published two historical studies in European diplomatic history, titled: Myths and Realities of French Imperialism in India, 1763-1783 (1992) and De Broglie's Armada: A Plan For the Invasion of England, 1765-1777 (2009). Her third publication, "In Mother's Presence," (2013)is a translation of the Bengali book, Matri Sannidhye, on the sacred life of Sri Sarada Devi. Her first monograph won special recognition from the Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Committee of the French Historical Society, and was displayed at the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the prominent book fairs on scholarly publications. Dr. Das has published several articles in the European History Quarterly, Journal of Modern History, Journal of Urban History, Race, Gender, and Class and Africana Studies Review on European, Asian-American, and South Asian history. Dr. Das was an avid lover of Indian classical music as well as an accomplished and celebrated singer. She was an active member of the local Indian community, teaching classical song and dance while devotedly organizing cultural and religious celebrations and fundraisers. Her culinary prowess in Bengali dishes and desserts was fervently and adoringly shared in frequent intimate home gatherings. Her love and benevolence towards her family and friends was only rivaled by her earnest reverence and adoration of God. She was passionately involved in the Sri Sarada Math Mission in Dakshineswar, India, an organization dedicated to improving the welfare of humanity through spiritual realization. The Holy Mother Sarada Devi was the center of her devotion. Sudipta touched all with a special love and kindness and has left everyone with a keener sense of compassion for all people. A true angel on this planet -- everyone will cherish her memory and keep her forever in their hearts and thoughts. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her visitation and remembrance at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Ponchartrain Blvd. Visition will be from 1:30 - 3:00 pm and the remembrance from 3:00- 4:00 pm on Friday, February 28th, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Sudipta Das to aid women and children helped by the Sri Sarada Math Mission. Please email sdas1@tulane.edu using Chase QuickPay or send a check to 4604 N. Turnbull Dr. Metairie, LA 70002. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, 2014
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