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Year : 1973  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94

Obituary. Dr. George Zachariah


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Cooper S N. Obituary. Dr. George Zachariah. Indian J Ophthalmol 1973;21:94

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Cooper S N. Obituary. Dr. George Zachariah. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1973 [cited 2020 Dec 2];21:94. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1973/21/2/94/31413

In the passing away of Dr. George Zachariah at the age of 85, on 7th May 1973, Indian Ophthalmology has lost not only a prominent ophthalmologist but a great pioneer.

Great objects are achieved by dream­ing an idea and then working cease­lessly for its fulfilment. George was such a dreamer, when sometime in the year 1926 he conceived the idea of bringing the farflung ophthalmologists of India together at least once every three years to exchange views and ex­periences on ophthalmic matters, so different in the four corners of the subcontinent. It was at a time when ophthalmologists in the Indian Medical Service obstructed this idea.

With a meagre attendance of 20 at its first foundation meeting in 1928, the All India Ophthalmic Society has gained now a membership of nearly a thousand and in that Dr. Zachariah had played the most important initial part of being its most enthusiastic founder, secretary and editor of the Proceedings of the Society. A profes­sional man owes an obligation to his own profession and George fulfilled his obligation to the full, with the sacrifice of his time and energy, a Godly act for which all Indian Ophthalmologists will be truly grateful.

Not only did he put the All India Society to a good start, but he was a regular contributor to the scientific programme of the meetings when­ever they were held, which he attend­ed regularly and was awarded the Adenwalla oration and gold medal in the year 1955 for his thesis on macular affections. He presided over the Lucknow conference in 1950. For his services to the Society he was presented with a silver plaque and was made an Honorary member of the Society.

With the background of these unique achievements, the other data about his life becomes a matter of mere statistics.

Son of a headmaster of a school at Calicut, he had his primary education in Calicut. Graduating in Zoology at Madras, he entered the medical college in 1916. After taking his degree in medicine, he spent five years abroad, where he specialized in Ophthalmology, and entered into private practice in 1923.

After a successful practice lasting 47 years, he retired at the age of 82. Musing on his life-work in his quiet summer resort of Kodaicanal on his retirement, he must have had the satisfaction of seeing the reflection of a life well spent in the service of his profession and mankind, helping those less fortunate than himself, intellec­tually, monetarily, spiritually for he was a. highly religious man.


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