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Orbituary: Dr Mary Varman November 2007

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Mary Varman, The Hindu’s Chief Medical Officer, was known for her caring ways

CHENNAI: Dr. Mary Varman, Chief Medical Officer of The Hindu, was killed in a road accident on the Delhi-Jaipur highway on Thursday.

A dedicated medical officer, Dr. Varman, 51, played a key role in The Hindu Welfare Centre and was much loved by the employees, especially the retired ones, for her kind and caring ways.

With nearly a decade of service in The Hindu, Dr. Varman’s area of specialisation was occupational health and worker safety. A doctor with a strong academic background, she had presented a number of papers at several international conferences, apart from publishing articles in leading journals.

Dr. Varman had specialised in tropical medicine from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and had worked with the Voluntary Health Services, Chennai, before joining The Hindu.

She had actively involved herself in various medical welfare activities in The Hindu and was known to go the extra mile in giving personalised attention to employees.

She is survived by her husband, Kartar Singh, who works for the British Council, and a son.

Tribute paid by Dr Clement S Rajan  Classmate and HOD of Surgery Saint Martha Hospital

It was in July of 1971, that 60 young men and women were selected to become the 9th batch of students at St. John’s Medical College , Bangalore , to begin their medical studies.  Dr Mary Varman and I were amongst those 60, and what a mixed group of characters we were!

There were the studious ones, there were the more care free and casual ones, there were the talented ones and there were the self centered ones. Somewhere in between all these types was Dr Mary Varman.  Very sincere in all she did, quiet, non obstructive and ever smiling, she formed a solid pillar in the class, around which all the others swung about. Never ahead in academics, she was always in the pass list of students.

Not blessed with sports talent, yet she was always there to cheer us on in all the games. Not inclined towards artistic abilities, but still she was there at every cultural show, getting all the others to do their best. We all loved her, her lean frame, her long hair, her enthusiasm, her encouragement and most of all her team spirit. By the time we all split up in 1977, to go our separate ways into the medical world, we knew that the success of all of us was a lot due to the influence of that kind soul, we all called Mary V.

 Knowing the kind of person she was, it came as no surprise to all of us that she went on to become a most ideal, loved, and respected family medical practitioner.  She had all the 4 A’s and the 4 C’s that go into making a successful General Practitioner. Dr Mary was known to be Able, Amiable, Available and Affordable. Together with this she had the qualities of Care, Compassion, Concern and Common Sense. Putting all these together, she brought a new meaning into the lives of all her patients and their restoration to health was always all that bit more quick and complete.


 “Our lives are like a candle in the wind’, said Carl Sandburg. Dr. Mary’s life met a sudden gush of wind that blew out its flame, with yet so much of the candle left. But in the period of time the candle of her life burned, she brought light, hope, peace and happiness to all who were lucky enough to share her light. We will all miss Dr. Mary, but we can all do our bit to carry on the flame from her candle in our own lives by doing things the way she used to do……with love, with sincerity and with respect.   May her soul rest in peace.




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