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Sonal Bhuchar died of cancer at the age of 58 in 2019.


An elementary school in the U.S. state of Texas will be named after Indo-American pioneer Sonal Bhuchar so his legacy in education and philanthropy continues for generations to come, according to a statement.

The Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved the nomination of the future 53 primary school, in honor of Ms Bhuchar, who died of cancer at the age of 58 years old in 2019.

The school will open in January 2023 in the community of Riverstone.

Originally from Mumbai, she was a professional physiotherapist and had her bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Bombay. She immigrated to Houston in 1984 with her husband, Subodh Bhuchar.

Ms. Bhuchar, a popular community activist and leader who has always cared about the community, was elected to the Fort Bend ISD board of directors for six years and served as board chair for two years.

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In 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbot appointed Ms. Bhuchar to the board of directors of the One Star National Service Commission, which promotes volunteerism and oversees the administration of AmeriCorps programs in the US state of Texas.

On the FBISD Board of Trustees, Sonal Bhuchar led several district initiatives including the Student Leadership Program, Legislative Advocacy Program, Fort Bend Education Foundation Annual International Festival, WATCH – a program of lifestyle education – and scholarship opportunities.

Several current board members praised the fact that she encouraged them to serve the community.
Administrator Jim Rice served on the school board alongside Bhuchar for two years.

“The first year she was my mentor and I got to know her really well,” Rice said. “She was a woman who worked very hard in our community to help build bridges of understanding between our very diverse community.”

Administrator Grayle James ran for the Sonal Bhuchar school board seat when she decided not to run for re-election in 2012.

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“Although I didn’t sit at school board with Sonal, I tried to sit in the seat and fill the shoes she left here,” James said. “She supported me while I learned my role at the school board. I am so grateful and proud that we can name her an elementary school.

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Delighted with this recognition, Dr Subodh, her husband, a renowned physician and community leader told PTI that “the current citizens of Fort Bend and the FBISD Board of Directors have recognized Sonal’s phenomenal service to the county by voting unanimously for a primary school. in his honor, so that his legacy in education and philanthropy will continue for generations to come. “

“Sonal was a quiet but effective warrior who blazed a trail for generations of young women and men to follow. She has led by example and shown them that their way to be successful in life is to give, without expecting anything in return. She assured that her actions will lead to changes that will benefit everyone, ”said Dr Subodh.

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Shefali Jhaver, a local resident and friend of Ms Bhuchar, sharing the news of the schools being approved by FBISD, said: “I am delighted that her spirit and legacy has been carried on for generations through a school where she has been taught. lived, raised her family and inspired us She was a brilliant member of our community here.

“It is a great honor for all first generation immigrants. Sonal, who was taken from us far too early, has always cared deeply about our community, and I couldn’t be happier with this decision, ”said Usha Ganju, a close friend. of the family.

Sonal Bhuchar, until her death, was actively involved on the boards of many local and nonprofit organizations including Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Literacy Council of Fort Bend, AccessHealth, Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation and the Texas Medical Association Alliance, among others. .

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