Our hero, our mentor Dr. Stan Sharma passed away Tuesday, September 27, with his family by his side. A man of deep intelligence, compassion and charisma he was the bedrock of his family and the pillar of his community. Stan Sharma's life and career reflects a relentless quest for knowledge, a Buddhist calmness of mind, and a medical and entrepreneurial creativity. He was the embodiment of generosity and was beloved by thousands of people. Born in Suva, Fiji, the eldest son of Ram Bhawan and Bidya Wati Sharma, Stan Sharma Ph.D., J.D., immigrated with his family to the United States in 1964. He pursued his doctorate and became an Associate Professor at UCLA. The Founder and CEO of American Health Services he made significant contributions to the revolution of health care delivery. His medical and research facilities provide affordable and widely available services to communities in need, particularly in his home state of California. A respected academic, a published scientist, and a man of insatiable curiosity, Dr. Stan Sharma drew people together. Known for his irreverent sense of humor and wit, he was also extremely gentle and gave unconditional love to all. He is survived by his son Seanjay Ramanand Sharma, his three sisters Surekha Bahl, Mintra Sharma Wilson, and Chandra Lekha Livingston, one brother Deoand Sharma aka Frank Martini, his nieces and nephews, and by countless others who deeply feel and mourn his passing. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 6, from 9am to 12pm, at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in the Hall of Liberty Chapel (6300 Forest Lawn Dr., L.A., CA 90068). A motorcade will escort those who wish to attend the 12:30pm cremation at Forest Lawn Glendale (1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205). A gathering to celebrate his life will follow.
Published by Los Angeles Times from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5, 2016.