Year : 2021 | Volume
: 70 | Issue : 2 | Page : 119--120
Prof. (Dr.) S. P. Tewari (October 1926 - May 2020): A legendary anatomist and teacher
Department of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, MAHE, Manipal, Karnataka, India
Prof. Vishram Singh
OC-5/103, 1st Floor, Orange County Society, Ahinsa Khand-I, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Delhi-NCR - 201 014, Uttar Pradesh
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We hereby pay our homage to the departed soul of Prof. (Dr.) S. P. Tewari who left us on May 17, 2020 at the age of 94 years, The anatomical fraternity was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing away of Prof. (Dr.) S. P. Tewari, former Head of the Department of Anatomy, GSVM Medical College, Kanpur (UP). The loss is on twin counts, on the professional level as academician and teacher and as an excellent human being. Professor S P Tewari was born on October 01, 1926, in Lucknow (UP) and he did his premedical schooling from Lucknow. He did his MBBS from K G Medical College, Lucknow, and then, he joined state PMS services. His illustrious academic career began with the completion of MS (Anatomy) from K G Medical College, Lucknow, in the year 1961. After that, he joined as a lecturer in the Anatomy Department at BHU (Varanasi) and worked till 1966, then he joined in the Anatomy Department at GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, and worked till 1986, till his retirement as Professor and Head.
From the very beginning of his career as Faculty in Varanasi, he took interest in teaching and research. Known as a very caring, loving, and disciplined teacher to his undergraduate and postgraduate students, across the spectrum, he had two very different approaches in dealing with the students. At the undergraduate level, he would very much teach the basics of anatomy to the students, while he would look in depth in assessing the finer points at the postgraduate level. He had a special interest in Head and Neck anatomy and Cytogenetics. He was instrumental in establishing the cytogenetics laboratory in the Anatomy Department of GSVM Medical College, Kanpur (UP). He has many research papers in reputed national and international journals. He was an examiner in various medical colleges. Post retirement, he practiced as an infertility specialist in Kanpur till his demise and earned a good name in the society, offering patients the best medical care possible. Thanks to his concerned teaching as an academician and the care he provided as a fine human being to his students, spanning generations, they are spread across the globe, many of whom are professors and head of departments in various medical colleges. A huge chunk of our academic credentials goes in honor of this great teacher and a beloved human being. For all the students, his untimely departure will leave a huge vacuum in this field which is difficult to be filled in, in times to come.
He was known for the following characteristics: (a) He was a stickler for time, be it professional or personal. He firmly believed the age old saying that time and tide wait for no man. One should always be punctual. (b) He was a very disciplined man and was of the rock-solid opinion that inculcation of this practice coupled with hard work is the foundation for the development of life and there is no looking back once a person adopts this path. (c) He believed in divine saying that health is wealth. He was very health conscious, in tune of keeping which he was an ardent practitioner of meditation and yoga for over six decades. He would often mention that man should treat his body like a temple, if a person is able to take care of his health well, then, he can handle the other aspects seamlessly. One of the basic reasons of his excellent health was that he has a helping attitude toward everybody. He was a strict vegetarian. (d) He always maintained the highest standard of medical education and discipline in medical curriculum. (e) He was also financially helpful to economically weaker students but was very particular in maintaining his incognito status, of not making his presence felt. He believed that if a student comes to know the source that Professor Tewari has been behind the help, then, that would give rise to attachment. He was always detached from the result while only believing in the performance of karma.
At this juncture, may I remind all the colleagues that, while we all are saddened with the grief, but the occasion is more than apt for us to take the pledge to commit ourselves to raise the bar of medical education in India, to carry forward the legacy of Prof. S P Tewari.
He left behind his wife, a son Dr Satyendra Tewari who is a cardiologist (SGPGI Lucknow), and a daughter. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and pray god to give peace to his departed soul.