Dr. Atanu Mitra was an Indian post-doctorate fellow associated at the department of Chemistry here at Florida State University. Sadly, this past Sunday Dr. Mitra drowned off the coast of St. George’s Island, FL. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Hearsay evidence suggests the last time he was seen alive was when playing water polo in the water with a large group of international students. Shortly afterwards, two FSU students spotted a body floating down the shore and recognized him as the same man. They, and thereafter the paramedics, performed lifesaving procedures on him without success.
Dr. Mitra was a brilliant chemist from Dum Dum, Kolkata. He received his undergraduate Benaras Hindu University and his PhD from IIT Bombay. He joined FSU in 2011 and is known among his friends and colleagues as “one of the most lively, dependable and optimistic person any of us ever met. He touched countless lives and left an indelible positive impact on the people around him. Hardly anyone has endeared himself to the community so much in such a short time. We are proud to have called him our friend. This loss is a shock to all of us. His parents are severely distraught with bereavement. They are a very simple middle class family and his dad has a chronically weak heart.”
Most unfortunately, Dr. Mitra’s insurance expired on the 15th of October. It is believed that his VISA extension was until December and that he had replaced the FSU insurance with a short-term option. However, the insurance company has refused to cover any charges including sending Dr. Mitra’s body back to his family in India. A funeral home has agreed to prepare the body for transport but help is needed to raise the necessary funds.
A fund has been established to help defray legal and transportation costs for returning Dr. Mitra’s body to his family in India and this fund is being maintained by the Indian Association of Tallahassee, IATLH.
All donations to IATLH are tax deductible for federal tax purpose given its 501 (c) (3) non-profit status.We would request everyone to do their best by sending in their generous contributions to help us bring some peace to Atanu’s parents by returning his remains to India as soon as possible.
We’re asking all ACM members and current Computer Science students to consider donating what they can to assist in the efforts of returning Atanu to his family.
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The fundraiser is closed since the target was reached.