Dr. S. D Gokhale, Founder and Hon. President of ILC-I is no more : (1925-2013)
Dr. S. D. Gokhale, the eminent social scientist of international repute and the Founder President of the International Longevity Centre-India passed away peacefully after a brief illness on the 15th of January 2013.
Dr. Gokhale was a versatile personality, renowned for his soft-spoken erudition, his innovative vision, his able administration and his thirst for knowledge. His contributions to the fields of child and community development, the well-being of the elderly and the removal of the stigma attached to the leprosy-affected individuals were some of the more well recognized ones amongst others.
His writing skills were reflected in the more than 40 books and more than 100 papers that he authored in English and in Marathi and in his editorial abilities as the editor of the revered Marathi daily, “Kesari”.
He founded two other organizations- the Community Aid & Sponsorship Programme and the International Leprosy Union. His achievements were lauded with several awards, like the International Gandhi Memorial Award, the WHO Sasakawa Award for the Elimination of Leprosy, the G. D. Birla Award for Humanitarian Service, and many more.
He was on various national and international committees that framed and formulated the doctrines and national and international policies on ageing, including the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the National Policy on Older Persons of India.
The list of his achievements and the awards acknowledging them is long and it is not possible to recount here, but, his indomitable spirit, his positivity, his dedication to his work, his clarity of vision and thought and his constant invention of innovative ideas for the development of the underprivileged and the vulnerable sections of society have left behind indelible imprints on all our minds.
He leaves behind his wife, a son, daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the ILC-I family.
May his soul rest in peace.