Ashim Kumar Bhattacharyya
Ashim Kumar Bhattacharyya
  • July 9, 1936 - June 27, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Dr. Ashim Kumar Bhattacharyya, 80, of Metairie, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, June 27 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Bhattacharyya was a pillar of the Indian-American community of the Greater New Orleans area, a past president and founding member of the Louisiana Bengali Cultural Association, and a member of the India Association of New Orleans and the American Association of Indian Professionals-Greater New Orleans. Dr. Bhattacharyya was a man of great faith, with an abiding love for the Hindu religion and Bengali culture. He served as the community priest and officiated at Hindu religious services for decades, including the wedding ceremonies of many of the second-generation Bengali Americans in the New Orleans area. Dr. Bhattacharyya was also a scholar and an educator. As Professor of Physiology and Pathology at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, Dr. Bhattacharyya contributed to lipid and atherosclerosis research for nearly thirty years, before he retired in 2004. Dr. Bhattacharyya also worked in the field of high-altitude physiology before emigrating to the United States from India in 1966, climbing above the Mt. Everest base camp as part of his research.

He is survived by his wife of more than fifty years, Bani, his daughters Rupa Bhattacharyya and Gopa Bhattacharyya Green, his son-in-law, Douglas William Green, and his beloved granddaughter, Julia Anjali Green. He is fondly remembered by two brothers, four sisters, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives in and around Kolkata and elsewhere in his homeland of India.

Services will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, on Sunday, July 2, at 10:00 in the morning, with a Hindu Religious Service on Saturday, July 8, at 10:30 in the morning at the Hare Krishna Temple, 2936 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Louisiana Bengali Cultural Association, 4165 Cognac Drive, Kenner, Louisiana, 70065, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,

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