Dr. Gopal Chandra Parija

Born on February 2, 1941

Departed on October 8, 2011 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Dr. Gopal Chandra Parija of Nashville, TN died on October 8, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center of complications with cancer. Dr. Parija, 70, was retired, but was most recently an associate professor of pathology at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Dr. Parija is survived by his wife Annapurna, his daughter Susmita, and his son Bob. Dr. Parija is also survived by his grandson Gage, and his granddaughter Chandra.
Dr. Parija will be remembered as a skilled physician and passionate teacher of medicine, but more importantly as a devout Hindu, a loving husband, father, grandfather, bhaina, mausa, aja to the broader Odia community, a caring friend, a teacher and mentor to thousands of students, a curious mind who loved to learn and teach, and a boundless heart who cared deeply for all who came into contact with him.He will be so deeply missed. For those who wish to express their condolences and/or share memories are encouraged to send an email to:
rememberinggopalparija@hotmail.com. For those interested in reading the comments, the password is "GopalChandra" case sensitive.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to send a your contribution payable to "Jagannath Society of America." Please indicate "Gopal Parija Memorial Fund" in the subject line.
The address is:
C/o Dr. P. Satpathy
641 Gaylemore Drive
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

10 Comments to Dr. Gopal Chandra Parija

  1. Aparna Joshi
    October 11, 2011 12:00 am

    Dear Gopala Mausa,
    I sit here tearing up as I look at a picture of you holding me in the hospital on December 1st, 1993, the day I was born. I remember the day I told you that I wanted to become a dentist, and I will never forget that beautiful, big smile on your face. You told me to buy my book for the dental admissions test and start studying now so I can be number one, and I listened to you and ordered my book and began studying. You were the most supportive person among all the Oriyas, and it is your motivation and your inspiration that has got me to where I am today. That special pat on the back you gave me, with that special smile, asking me if I am a dentist yet. Gopala Mausa, when I become a dentist, it will be thanks to you and your support, and I will dedicate so many things in my life to you. I know you’re rested in peace up there. I know you are next to God. There is not another Mousa in the world who can take your place in my heart. I love you so much. Rest in peace.

  2. Satya Ranjan Hota
    October 12, 2011 12:00 am

    Gopal babu,
    Lot of things are not going to be same. You will be missed every Sunday at the temple. We will remember you everytime we watch NFL, specially when your favorite team is playing. Card games at the Odiya parties are not going to be same without you. Sanju will talk about how much you loved her “muga bara” curry. Alok will miss your encouragement. I will miss you.

  3. Barun K Pani
    October 12, 2011 12:00 am

    I met Gopal Babu on my trip to Nashville long back during a Ratha Yatra. I also talked to Bhauja a few days back. The love and selfless care that they provide is a very comforting touch to the whole community. I remember Gopal Babu as a true icon of our culture with a selfless Sebayata role. I know his soul will be resting in peace in Heaven. We lost a great oriya leader from our community.

    Barun Pani, Mississippi

  4. Dillip & tuli
    October 12, 2011 12:00 am

    Dearest Family of Gopal Mausa,

    As a family know him personally for many years and we join with so many others who knew Gopal Mausa in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing. Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his passing you can celebrate the end of a very long and productive life.
    The measure of a life well-lived is not in how much money one has or what possessions they have accumulated, but rather through the lives they touched and the sorrow they leave behind. If the outpouring of sympathy on his loss is any indication, and it most certainly is, you can proudly and confidently say that his indeed was a life well-lived.
    May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.

    Dillip, Tuli, Srichi and Sayan
    Date: Oct.12.2011
    Brentwood, TN

  5. Bradford Haynes
    October 12, 2011 12:00 am

    I will miss working with Doctor Parija. He always was ready with a handshake or a pat on the back. I enjoyed making him laugh at my jokes. He was a true pleasure to be around. He always asked how my family was and was always interested in the adventures we had. Yeah Doctor Parija was one of a kind. It is a sad day in the world with his passing.

  6. Surajit and Geeta
    October 12, 2011 12:00 am

    Dear Sakhina mausi, Susmita and Bob,

    We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Gopal mausa. We reminisce his calm demeanour, smiling face, humility and gracefulness. He was always there to put in a word of encouragement and appreciation. Please accept our heartfelt condolence.

    We will visit you in Nashville in the near future.

    Your sincerely,

    Doddy, Geeta,
    Ellora and Sneha

  7. Sarat & Minnie Praharaj
    October 13, 2011 12:00 am

    A simple, good-natured human being, Gopal babu had always a smiling appearance. When one came into his presence, one did not need to wait too long to figure out what was in his mind. The sheer hello from him and open arms towards you was enough to offer you a very warm welcome and a few words after that told you everything that he had in his mind. He was both an affectionate and an affable human being. All of us would agree that he was just a beautiful man who made his journey through life spreading joy, friendship, brotherhood among men, knowledge and bliss. Very calm in personality, he was akin to a bridge that sees everything good and bad but is not perturbed by the most horrific occurrences. He maintained a very peaceful existence among all. Gopal babu, your body May be gone from this earth, but your presence will be felt and our memories about you will live for ever. May your soul rest in peace!

  8. Devi Misra
    October 13, 2011 12:00 am

    As a friend, I had an association with Dr. Parija for 50 years. An astute student of medicine, pathology in a batch of 250 students, always he stood within the top 5. Dr. Parija was in the faculty in pathology dept., SCB Med. College, India and at University of Mass. medical school, after a cytology fellowship at Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital. He was 15 years in the faculty at Meharry Medical College. He got many prestigios awards as a teacher.

    Always intent on teaching in pathology to many young medical graduates not only at Meharry but young budding Indian doctors in Nashville in preparation for USMLE. He touched many lives.

    As a human being he was absolutely simple and honest, loving and smiling to everybody, young and old, unpretentious not malicious, not critical not hypocritical without ego and without arrogance.

    On the material scale he did not want much, not affluence. His proud possessions all his life were his amazing wife and his children and grandchildren and friends and not the least pathology, possessing more than hundreds of patholgy books and hundred thousand pathology slides. May Dr. Parija rest in peace.

    Devi P. Misra

  9. Asima Pattanaik
    October 14, 2011 12:00 am

    Dear Gopal Babu,
    Your love, affection, and blessings touched our entire family for more than 20 years. We will never forget your caring words with a charming smile on your face. Although you were in pain, your selfless heart always wished the comfort of others. You have shown us the true meaning of a great devotee of Lord Jagannath. We will always value your thirst for knowledge. The knowledge you shared with so many were invaluable. One cannot put a price tag on the value of your encouraging words for one’s success. We will cherish all the fond memories that we had together forever. The moments of having a morning tea, to a joyous chit-chatting afternoon, to a grand dinner in the evening at your house will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Your determination to fight the inevitable is commendable. We wished we would have had more opportunities to spend time with you. You will be missed in our lives. We pray your GREAT SOUL rest in peace.
    With Love,
    Lalit and Asima

  10. Amit Chakrabarty
    October 16, 2011 12:00 am

    Dr. Parija was a a great friend and an asset to the Oriya community in the US esp the southern chapter. He will be sorely missed. Sonchita and I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences and sympathy for the family. Out thoughts and prayers are with them at this tough time.