April 13, 1936 – March 3, 2012
Dr. Vidya Prakash Sood was a very loving grandfather, a dedicated family man, and a deeply religious soul. He was a very honest, kind, and caring human being, not only to his family, but also to all others with whom he associated. We all truly believe that the statement “humble like a blade of grass and tolerant like a tree” accurately describes his saintly qualities. He lived completely by Gandhiji’s principle of the three wise monkeys that embody the proverbial principle of “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.”
One of the most defining characteristics of Dr. VP Sood’s life was his unwavering dedication to his work. From his early childhood, he lived by saying that “work is worship.” He had humble beginnings in a small town in Himachal Pradesh, India, where he would often study under a streetlamp when the electricity in his home went out. His hardworking nature continued throughout his professional life, as he played a pivotal role in developing modern rhinoplasty in India.
Besides being an accomplished surgeon, Dr. VP Sood was a very loving, caring, and kind grandfather and husband. He was a man filled with an unparalleled love of learning about the world around him. He was a true fighter even during the last few hours prior to his death, putting up a smile and a brave front for his loved family members, despite knowing that his time was coming to a rapid end.
Although we are all grateful to God that Dr. VP Sood didn’t have to linger long and suffer the consequences of end-stage cancer as many people do, it doesn’t lessen the agony of his untimely and sudden departure. Words can’t describe the raw pain we feel even today, as though piece of each of us is gone with him, leaving behind an indelible sadness within us all.
We sincerely hope and pray that God bestows upon mankind the weapons of intelligence and knowledge via ongoing research to allow us to battle the deadly beast that is prostate cancer, such that one day it is buried permanently in its grave and becomes a disease of the past!