“Dr. Virendra B. Mahesh has been a pioneer in steroid biochemistry and reproductive biology for more than four decades. His contributions as a scientist, educator and scholar are truly remarkable.” So began the program brochure that was distributed at a reception held to honor Dr. Mahesh. The brochure was chockful of accolades and accomplishments that reflected the international reach of this exemplary man’s scientific work and research.
Many of Dr. Mahesh’s former colleagues gathered to pay tribute to the Regents Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Physiology and Endocrinology at the Medical College of Georgia.
They also gathered to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Mahesh – not only because of the profound influence he has had on so many students and colleagues during his 40 years on faculty; but, also the incredible legacy that will continue through the newly-established Virendra B. Mahesh, Ph.D., D.Phil. Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience.
Dr. Brooks Keel, President of Augusta University and CEO of AU Health System (as well as former student and mentee of Dr. Mahesh) expressed deep appreciation for the establishment of this generous endowment. Dr. Lin Mei, the Chair of Neuroscience, also conveyed his personal and heartfelt thankfulness.
Previously, Dr. Mahesh had established the Virendra B. Mahesh Lectureship in the MCG Department of Physiology, the Virendra B. Mahesh Distinguished Research Award and the Angela R. Mahesh Memorial Lectureship in the Department of Pediatrics in memory of his daughter.
Though now retired and living in Alabama, Dr. Mahesh continues to attend national meetings and stay active within his professional field. We are so fortunate that he still visits Augusta occasionally; it is a special treat to see the giant of a man upon whose shoulders so many stand.
Dr. Mahesh is the most recent recipient of the President’s Award – the highest honor bestowed annually in recognition of meritorious support of Augusta University.