LOS ANGELES, CA - Dr. Mohinder P. Sambhi, philanthropist and professor emeritus at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, passed away here on Apr. 7. One of SoCal’s foremost philanthropists, Sambhi in 2005 endowed a chair in UCLA for Indian music with a gift of $1million to the Department of Ethnomusicology.
Sambhi was born on August 26, 1926 in Ludhiana. He came to the US in 1953 with his wife Mohindar (Minno), also a physician. It was to honor her memory after she passed away in 2004, that he endowed the chair in UCLA.
In subsequent years his philanthropic activities increased as he continued to honor his beloved Minno’s memory. He built a Navagraha Hindu Temple in Las Vegas in her memory. He also started the Minno Sambhi free blood service for Thallesemic Children in Chandigarh. He committed over $100,000 to the blood bank. He also built a library in a girl’s school in Faridkot in Punjab where Minno had studied. The school is now named after her.
Sambhi’s research interests were in hypertension and most recently he also provided funds for the establishment of the Mohinder P Sambhi DMCH Hypertension Chair & Clinic at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana.
An exceptionally kind man, Sambhi was also at one point, a collector of fine wines and would often surprise friends by bringing a very rare bottle. Always the gentleman, quiet, balanced and dignified, he never advertised himself, nor did he promote the good works that he had accomplished. For those who knew him, he was a thoroughly loving and loved individual.
His life, said friends will continue to be an inspiration for all who knew him.