Obituary:  Mohinder Mohan Bahl (1938 – 2017)


A Respected Doctor in Internal Medicine

Dr. Mohinder Mohan Bahl, a longtime resident of Pittsburgh, passed away on February 3rd, 2017. The cause of his death was complications following a stroke in his long battle with heart problems.

He worked at the Shadyside Hospital and the East Suburban Hospital in Monroeville (now Forbes), while also mentoring many young doctors. His specialty was internal medicine. Loved by his patients and respected by his peers, he was recognized by the Allegheny County Medical Society for his years of distinguished service.

Bahl was born in 1938 in Nairobi, Kenya.  He was the third among his five other siblings. He earned his medical degree in India on a scholarship. He came to the US in 1972, pursuing his American dream. He did his residency in internal medicine in Pittsburgh and other places in the US. In 1975 he opened his medical practice in Penn Hills where he served his community for over thirty-five years with diligence, dedication, and kind disposition.

While working as a doctor in Nairobi, in 1964 he married Saroj. The Bahls with their three young children came to the US in 1972. In the early days of Indians coming to live in Pittsburgh, Mohinder Bahl was active in the Indian community. He was a founding member of the Hindu Jain temple. He gave his full support to Saroj’s dedicated efforts to add the Indian Nationality Room in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. The Indian Nationality Room, against many odds, was dedicated in 2000. He supported many charitable organizations locally and abroad including the Red Cross and Ekal Vidyalaya, which builds schools in rural, interior India.

Mohinder Bahl was always dignified and gracious with people. He had a good sense of humor that his children imbibed from him. He liked gardening, current events, discussing politics, and he avidly collected coins.
He leaves behind Saroj, his dear wife of fifty-two years of marriage; his three sons Ashish, Monish and Sachin and their wives; his only daughter Mala and her husband; and his ten grandchildren, whom he adored. His brother Vijay Bahl lives in Pittsburgh.

His cremation ceremonies followed Vedic rites at the Beinhauer Funeral Home on Sunday, February 5.

—  By Nita Wadhwani, Presto, PA 

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