Ruchi Bengali Obituary, Death – Ruchi Bengali, who was 82 years old at the time of her death on April 15, 2022, went away in a calm and serene manner. At the time, he was at the West Meade Place Physical Rehabilitation Center working on his recovery from aspiration pneumonia. Ruchi Bengali was born on December 25, 1939 in Badal, India (now Bangladesh) to Kali Pada & Sneha Lata Bhowmik. In 1960, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Banaras Hindu University, and in 1963, he received a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from that same institution.
In 1965, he was in Hyderabad, India, working in an international research program called Diffusion of Innovations, which was supported by Michigan State University. It was there that he met his future wife, who at the time was known as Shubha Golime. The wedding between Shubha and Dilip took place on July 1st, 1967 in Hyderabad. Their union was one of love, and the ceremony, which took place in Hyderabad and was presided over by the Chancellor of the Institute of Community Development, ICS Jacobs, was a celebration of that love.
In September of 1967, Dilip and Shubha made the trip from India to the United States so that Dilip may pursue his doctoral studies in communications at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. After that, in 1971, they relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where Dilip took a position as a lecturer at Fisk University and also worked at Meharry Medical College for a combined total of four years (1971–1973). Dilip served as the leader of the Sociology Department at Fisk University for a good number of years. Today, he and Dr. Everett Rogers are recognized for their seminal essay titled “Homophily-Heterophily: Relational Concepts for Communication Research.”
Outside of his role as a college lecturer, Dilip pursued a wide variety of hobbies and had a number of different titles. He was a lifelong leader in the Nashville Indian community, serving as President of the India Association of Nashville (1982–1983) and as one of the founders of the Bengali Association of Greater Nashville. He also served as President of the India Association of Nashville (1982–1983). He never missed an opportunity to visit the Sri Ganesha Temple. He had a deep appreciation for the arts and music. His acting and directing skills were on display in a number of Bengali theatre plays, and he also gave performances at a number of Indian Association Republic Day Celebrations.