Virendra Kumar Gupta
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Virendra K. Gupta was born on March 14, 1932 in Delhi, India and passed peacefully on December 24, 2017 in Gainesville at age 85. He lived a full, loving life surrounded by friends and family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Santosh, his two sons, Mayank and Varun, and his four devoted grandchildren.
He pursued his Ph.D. / Sc. D. in Entomology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He then became a professor of Entomology for 20 years at the University of Delhi, India and 20 more years of service at the University of Florida, Gainesville. During his research and tenure, he amassed the second largest collection of Ichneumonidae in the world. He gifted the collection to DPI for generations of scientists to study. He also spent 46 years publishing a specialized journal called Oriental Insects. This research led to the biological control of parasitic insects including those in orange groves in Florida.
Virendra led a satisfied life, full of love and adventure. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow, as they tried to mimic his diligence and strong character. He also visited many countries around the world. He was an avid photographer since his teenage years, chronicling all the beauty he saw in his travels. While at home, he enjoyed playing cards in addition to growing various fruits and vegetables.
Virendra lived a healthy, fulfilled life. He was selfless and took care of the people around him to no limit. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation towards the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609. 352-378-2528.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2017.
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February 17, 2018
I met Dr. Gupta at the gym. I always enjoyed his gentle spirit and his kindness to me. I will miss seeing him.My sympathy goes out t his family and friends.
Sharon Walters
January 3, 2018
Dr. Gupta was very important for me and he will be sorely missed and well remembered. He was my research professor and always supported my taxonomic activities. I have always admired him and will forever.
Julieta Brambila
December 28, 2017

My deepest condolences to the Gupta family. Thank you for all donations to Entomology. His wonderful work will be in the museum. Rest in peace.
December 28, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss him at the bridge table.
Greg Erdos
December 27, 2017
Deepest condolences..May his soul rest in peace.
Margret Jeyaprakash
December 27, 2017
I'm so Sorry for your loss - I had the chance to meet and help take care of Mr Gupta the last few days of his life and could tell what a gentle kind soul he was - I have you all in my prayers
Megan Molyneux
December 27, 2017
My deepest condolences to the Gupta family. May you be comforted through the cherished memories of your loved one and from the promises of the God of peace and comfort. (1 Thessalonians 2:16)
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