Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh
1932 - 2019
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Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh
Huntsville, AL—Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh, 87, of Huntsville, Ala., born April 25, 1932, in Khanki, Punjab, India, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Magnolia Trace in Huntsville, Ala.
Dr. Mahesh was a renowned scientist and academician whose research on steroid hormones led to a greater understanding of their role in physiology and disease, and to the development of groundbreaking treatments for infertility. He did the basic research which determined that progesterone combined with estrogen in a birth control pill could produce contraceptive impact with much lower risks of blood clots, resulting in benefits for millions of women worldwide.
His lifelong devotion to science began when he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Patna University, India. He also earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Delhi University, India (1955) and a D.Phil. in biological sciences from Oxford University, England (1958). He joined the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Ga., as a member of the Department of Endocrinology faculty in 1959, a department he later chaired. He also established the Ph.D. program in Endocrinology and was the major advisor to 11 M.S. and 25 Ph.D. students.
Over the course of his career, he published more than 470 scientific articles. Even after retirement and after moving to Huntsville in 2006, he remained an active member of the scientific community and edited multiple scientific journals, including serving as editor-in-chief of the Biology of Reproduction journal.
A loving and ever-supportive husband, father and grandfather, Dr. Mahesh was preceded in death by his daughter Angela and wife, Sushila, for whom he had been a devoted caregiver for the years prior to her death. Surviving are his children, Dr. Anita Mahesh Schwarz and Dr. Vinit K. Mahesh; six grandchildren, with whom he established unique and loving relationships, Thomas Mahesh, Benjamin Mahesh, Alena Schwarz, Dr. Kellyn Mahesh Wilson, Jenneca Mahesh and Marriya Schwarz; one son-in-law, Dr. Gregory Schwarz; and one daughter-in-law, Marcelle Mahesh.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, at Magnolia Trace in Huntsville, Ala. In lieu of flowers, the family requests, with gratitude, that donations be sent to the Virendra Mahesh Lectureship and Graduate Student Award fund, Medical College of Georgia Foundation, 720 St. Sebastian Way, Suite 150, Augusta GA 30901 or online at www.mcgfoundation.org/Donate-Now.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Jul. 24 to Jul. 28, 2019.
Memorial service
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August 5, 2019
Dr. Mahesh touched the lives of many patients and colleagues. He will be greatly missed but the legacy he leaves behind will live on.

My brothers and I specifically have very fond memories of him and his family. He was very instrumental in our education and we will be forever grateful.

We offer our sincerest condolences and are always here if we can be of any assistance.

Camran, Farr, and Ceana Nezhat
Ceana Nezhat
July 29, 2019
What do I say about Dr. Mahesh except that I would not be here where I am now but for his guidance, mentorship and generosity? My wife and I have known him and his wife for so many years and Dr. Mahesh was always a role model and hero for me. He was a wonderful human being, so caring and so giving. And he was an exemplary scientist. I always looked up to him and aspired to be like him. My family is saddened by his demise and we will miss him and his wife a lot.
Vadivel Ganapathy
July 28, 2019
I worked with Dr. Mahesh at MCG in 1968-1970. He was an amazing Doctor and I loved chatting with him.
Erma Ellis
July 28, 2019
Dr. Mahesh was a great teacher, scientist, family man and friend. May God provide peace to his soul. He left a long lasting legacy at MCG.
July 28, 2019
Dr. Mahesh was an exemplary citizen and he dedicated his life to helping his fellow man through his research.

As a father, husband and neighbor he also excelled. His three children were delightful to be around. I knew Anita since we were in the 5th grade together. Later, I was a lifeguard at the local neighborhood pool and I got to know the family even better.

Anita made a great impression on all her classmates. She was always the smartest person in the room; but, she was humble and kind at all times. Her brother and sister were the same way.

For a tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Mahesh, you need to look no further than their children and grand children.

I am glad to have known Dr. and Mrs. Mahesh and their children. I am appreciative of their influence on all who had contact with them.

The world is much better off because of the work and influence of Dr. Mahesh. God Speed Dr. Mahesh.
Jeff Annis
July 28, 2019
Dr.Mahesh was a great mentor,a dear friend and we
have high regard for him.he will be in our memories always and will miss him as he came and met with us every 6 months when he came to visit MCG.
Our prayers are with the family.
July 25, 2019
A wonderful and productive life,, he left a legacy for others, may he Rest In Peace
William Kanto
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