Dr Dinesh Mehta | Obituary
Longtime Edgemont resident Dr. Dinesh C. Mehta passed away on December 16 at the age of 86.
Born March 6, 1935 in Degam, a small village in Gujarat, India, he was the eldest of three children of Lalita Desai and Chhaganlal Mehta. His father left an ancestral legacy of farming and land management to earn a doctorate. in chemistry from Bombay University and later settled in Vadodara, named after its banyans.
Dr Mehta grew up flying kites, playing cricket and going to the movies. He enrolled at Baroda Medical College and married Pravina Desai in 1960. After completing a recording, his paternal uncle in Rhodesia sponsored his trip to London where he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. His wife, Pravina, joined him after earning her Masters in Molecular Biology, and together they welcomed their son, Ashesh.
After completing a surgical training program in Akron, Ohio, Dr Mehta was determined to bring his expertise back to India. He realized his vision of opening a specialized surgery practice in Vadodara. Conditions quickly proved insurmountable and the couple vowed to pursue the American dream.
Dr Mehta secured a position in the ENT department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, where his daughter, Anita, was born. The family moved to Scarsdale in 1979, sending their children to schools in Edgemont. Dinesh was Vice President ENT at AECOM and Director ENT at Jacobi Medical Center for 20 years, mentoring interns and publishing a book on endoscopic sinus surgery. He entered private practice for 10 years and recently retired from the Bronx-Libanon Hospital Center in March 2021.
Dr Mehta’s family said he greatly appreciates the arts, especially music. Coming into his 80s, he devoted hours to learning the piano, playing Beethoven by heart. In his later years he perfected his voice, singing with deep emotion. He loved to dance, joke and treat his friends with stories from his youth. He had a distinguished respectability and a gentle kindness that made him loved by all.
He is survived by his wife Pravina; the children Ashesh and Anita; their spouses Sara Joel and Rob Chhabra; and grandchildren Desmond, Jasmine, Sabrina and Zachary Mehta; Jayden and Gia Chhabra. He is also survived by his sister who lives in Mauritius and many members of his extended family who remember him. His family said he would be deeply missed.
An intimate prayer, memorial service and cremation took place at Dobbs Ferry.