A gentle soul with strong views: Remembering former Board Member Dr Bharati Karsondas Patel
Dr Bharati Karsondas Patel, Rotary Fellow, Director of Research, Zambian National Agricultural Research Systems, ICRISAT’s Governing Board member
ICRISAT Happenings 1869-4, 28 August 2020
She was fun, had strong views, was pragmatic and very outspoken, yet kind and gentle to a fault bearing no ill will towards anybody – this is how former colleagues remember Dr Bharati K Patel. From being the first Rotary Fellow from West Africa and the first Rotary-sponsored student at Hawaii University in the late 60s, obtaining a Double Masters plus PhD, to her work at the Rockefeller Foundation and ICRISAT, Bharati never relied on anyone else but herself. She never compromised, just achieved and gave back.