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Deepuk Batish

December 16, 1976 - April 1, 2001

Deepuk Bir Batish

Age 24

Deepuk Bir Batish 24, of Broadview Circle, East Liverpool, Ohio died April 1, 2001at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, He passed away after being hit by a car while hailing a cab for friends.

He was born in White Plains, New York on December 16, 1976 and was the beloved son of Dr. Dharam Bir Batish and Shashi Batish.

Deepuk attended and graduated from Sewickley Academy in 1995, where he was MVP in tennis and woman’s field hockey. In 1999 Deepuk graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, where he majored in marine biology, played varsity tennis, and was certified in scuba diving. While at college, he participated in the Goucher College Fall Modern Dance Performance. Deepuk also choreographed and danced Punjabi Bhangra for weddings and festivals. He enjoyed singing and helping his friends with composing lyrics. Deepuk was a lifelong New York Knicks and New York Giants fan.

In the summer of 1999, he worked as a tennis instructor and counselor at Camp Mackinak near Tanglewood, Massachusetts, working with children who had Attention Deficit Disorder.

In the year 2000, Deepuk worked as a scientific observer for the National Marine Fisheries Services near Durch Harbor, Alaska, where he actually lived and worked on fishing vessels for 3 months. He was preparing to enter medical school at Ohio University or Philadelphia College of Ostepathic Medicine.

During his preparation for medical school, Deepuk worked as a Research Specialist at Ohio State University Organ Transplant Research Lab in Columbus and he had completed a Hospice Training Program to work with terminally ill patients at Riverside Hospital, also in Columbus. He was passionate about protecting all species of sharks, and studied them firsthand by diving in Honduras. He called himself a ”Sharkologist”.

Deepuk will be most remembered for his amazing sense of humor, his ability to genuinely connect with all people, the tremendous warmth of his heart, he always made an effort to visit family and friends near and far, and always the first to volunteer to help his friends and family. Deepuk has touched everyone in such a way that he will always make them smile.

He will be greatly missed by his father and mother: Dr. Dharam Bir and Shashi Batish; his maternal grandparents: G.R. and Raj Rani Rikhi of Jaipur, India; his brother: Sanjay and Sanjay’s wife , Sonali, and their son Roshun of Wilmington, NC; his sister: Supna Batish of Washington, DC; his girlfriend, Jennifer ”Cakes” Lin from Taiwan; several close aunts, uncles and cousins from Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Vancouver, London, and India and his beloved dog, Zeppy.

A Celebration of Deepuk’s Life will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Wednesday, April 4, 2001 beginning at 10:00 AM. All family and friends are welcome.

Friends may also visit at the funeral home in Calcutta on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 from 6-8 PM.

Instead of flowers, the family wishes that memorial donations be made to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Please indicate on the check, that the donation is in memory of Deepuk Batish, for Shark Preservation. Checks can be made payable to the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY, and addressed to Rebecca Bean – Developement office – 2300 Southern Blvd. – Bronx, N.Y. 10460.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Time: 6:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm



15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, OH 43920

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2001



15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, OH 43920

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