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Prasanna K. Pati, MD

August 25, 1925 - September 27, 2021


Prasanna K. Pati, MDPrasanna was born in Sambalpur, India to Mrutyunjoy and Satyabati Pati, third of eight children.  He completed his education, including medical, in Cuttack, India in 1949.  He did a rotating internship in the medical college hospital until 1952.  He came to the USA in July 1952 to do a three-year residency in psychiatry in the Warren State Hospital, Warren, PA.  In 1953, he was a post-graduate Fellow in the Graduate School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  He joined the Neuro-psychiatry Department of the University of Michigan Hospitals in July 1955 for further training.  He was a senior instructor in psychiatry at the medical school 1957-58 and also completed a M.Sc. in Psychiatry, Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan. 
 
He joined the medical staff of the Oregon State Hospital in June 1958, retired in January 1986.  He was a Consulting Psychiatrist to the MacLaren School for Boys, 1958-88.  He has also been a consultant to the Disability Determination Services OSP and the Medicaid program for the State of Oregon.  His service to the State of Oregon was for more than fifty years.  He was a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
 
He was one of the original founders of the India-USA Friendship Association of Salem in 1983.  On behalf of this Association, he organized the annual Mahatma Gandhi Symposium in 1986.
 
He played the role of a psychiatrist in the Oscar-winning movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”  His book, “Adventures and Misadventures of Dr. Sonjee:  A Collection of Short Stories,” was published in 2001. 
 
During 2007-09, he was active in promoting the idea of a Mental Health Museum in the “J” Building of the Oregon State Hospital.
 
He is survived by his children Kamala, Anita, Jeffrey, and Michael; grandchildren Khalilah, Erin, and Courtney; and great-grandchildren Serenity, Marley, Kennedy, Elijah, and Carter.    Also, survivors in the USA include nephews Raj and Subrat with their families.  In India, survivors include his nephews and nieces and their families.
 
A memorial service will be held.  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Ashes will be taken to India and consecrated at the confluence of sacred rivers Ganges, Jamuna, and Saraswati at Prayag (Allahabad) with ancient Hindu rituals.  Final rituals will be performed in Sambalpur, India.

 

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My heart is so sad.  Dr Pati was my neighbor, my colleague at work, and a model of kindness.  I have been missing periodically joining him on his daily walks; walks which extended beyond my own time and endurance limitations!  When Dr. Pati and I worked in a difficult work environment, I could always count on him when needing support taking ethical and principled stands.  He was a faithful friend and colleague, very kind, and fun to be with.  Thank you for having shared a small part of your life with me.



I was so sad to hear that Dr. Pati has passed.  He was a frequent visitor to my former workplace, and everyone there loved him.  He brightened our day each time he came in with his positive attitude and presence.  I still remember a conversation he and I had about dancing and how important it is for happiness and health.  I remember his being an avid walker, and often saw him walking around Salem.  The world is a better place because Dr. Pati was in it.  He uplifted everyone he met and was an amazing example of how to live a great life!