From the Secretary’s Desk

“Ray Of Light”

The news that Professor Vijay Laxmi Ray has left for heavenly abode has left the fraternity of Transfusion Medicine not only sad but with a void which is almost impossible to fill. For decades she served the Indian Transfusion Medicine field as a dynamic thinker, worker and a dreamer. I was amongst those fortunate who got an opportunity to work in close vicinity as a student of Madam when she joined the Department of Transfusion Medicine at Lucknow as Professor and Head of the Department in 1998 when I was pursuing my Post graduation. Hers was a life well lived and all those who were ever associated with her will remember her as creator, a care taker, a great teacher and a leader who had a heart so malleable yet authoritative and convincing. All her students, staff, colleagues and friends will always be filled with joyous memories of her being and her noble soul will continue to motivate all of us. She became a legendary figure when she strived sincerely to fulfill her dreams. Her vision took the fraternity way far when she conceptualized the plasma fractionation in KEM, Mumbai in addition to bringing in component separation units. She was an extremely humble, a very dignified human being who could channelize everyone’s presence into positivity. The generations to come in our fraternity would draw inspiration from the very fact that she was working till the last and never was deterred even with ill health. The path she created was of diligence and the respect she has commanded from all of us will live on with her memories. Like me, many of my colleagues owe their professional careers to her and it is a great personal loss too as we shared a great personal relationship. The little things she showered as her love, her great cooking skills and ever smiling spirit were some of the facts about her worth sharing. Light has gone out of the world of Indian Transfusion Medicine but only to become shining star which will keep us enlightened to be moving on the path shown. On behalf of ISTM as the secretary and on my personal behalf I pray for the departed soul and request all my friends and colleagues to work together to take the Transfusion Medicine specialty to the heights it deserves and Madam always kept us motivated for and wished. Hers was a life of service with compassion and dedication not to be mourned but to be celebrated. The Transfusion Medicine Fraternity will always remember Madam Vijay Laxmi Ray as the stalwart she was and will keep working for betterment of our specialty. Her life is exemplary and reminds me of H.W. Longfellow’s lines from “A Psalm of Life”

“Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.”

Rest in Peace,Madam!

Manisha Shrivastava
Secretary , ISTM

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