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Dr. Bhadra Fulchand Shah

May 16, 2024
Kalamazoo, MI




We celebrate the life of Dr. Bhadra Fulchand Shah, age 96, a beloved sister, aunt, friend, and mother to all, who passed away on May 16, 2024. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and a life lived in service to her family and community. Known by many names - Motiben, Motifoi, Masi, Ma, Aji - she was a woman ahead of her time, a pioneering doctor, a creative spirit, the eldest sister and leader of her family, and a wonderful human being who loved her brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, and friends with all her heart. Her memory will be a guiding star of kindness, strength, and humanity to all who knew her.

Bhadra Shah was born at her mother's maternal home in Bhavnagar, Gujarat in 1928. She grew up in Surat, Gujarat with her father, mother, brother, four sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins. At the tender age of 17, Bhadra lost her mother, and as the eldest daughter, took on the maternal role of the family and raised her younger siblings. She completed her medical education in India, and in 1956, at the age of 28, traveled across the world to Ireland to complete her medical training. She returned to India where she practiced as an obstetrician/gynecologist for many years. In 1972, Bhadra then immigrated to the United States, where she studied radiology and nuclear medicine. She lived in Upstate New York and Illinois, and then ultimately settled in her beloved community in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bhadra was the Chief of Radiology at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Battle Creek for more than 20 years.

Not only was she a highly accomplished physician, but she was also a tremendously talented person with many passions and interests. Bhadra was an active member of the Portage Senior Center, where she took many classes, such as painting and calligraphy. She loved water aerobics at the YMCA, plays at the local theater, musical performances at the mandir, and social events with her friends in Kalamazoo. She was known for her vivacious spirit, enthusiasm for the arts, positive outlook on life, and her deep love of learning - which kept her young at heart.

Bhadra was deeply devoted to her family and friends. She had a kind and generous heart, and a great capacity for love, which enriched the lives of everyone around her. Bhadra cherished her family - and had a special relationship with each one of her siblings, nieces and nephews, and numerous grandchildren. Bhadra had many beloved friends from diverse backgrounds and different ages. She would always find common ground with people and make them feel important and celebrated. She championed women and women's rights, and as a department chief in radiology, was a pioneer and role model for many people, especially young women.

Bhadra - whatever name we called you - Motiben, Motifoi, Masi, Ma, Aji - you were always there for each one of us. You were our comfort when we needed strength, and a source of unconditional love and forgiveness. You were graceful, humble, and joyful, and had a great zest for life. Because of what you taught us through your words and actions, our family is strong, and generations have advanced. We are so proud of the remarkable life you have lived and are so grateful to you. Your legacy reminds us to always love and help others as we reach for the stars. Thank you for all you have done for each one of us - we love you and will miss you forever.