Mano Pathak

  • send flowers button
  • light a candle button
  • post an event to timeline button
  • sign the guestbook button

January 1, 1934 - November 6, 2019
Born in Sultanpur U.P., India
Resident of Erie, PA

Click on the links above for maps and directions. View current weather.

Mano Dutta Pathak (85) passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2019.  Born in 1934, in Sultanpur, U.P., India, Mano lived in several countries, and worked and raised his family in the Philippines.

A distinguished alumnus of Kansas State University (PhD, 1958), Mano was an internationally-acclaimed scientist dedicated to improving crop production and agricultural education to eradicate hunger and poverty in the developing world.  His research benefited millions of poor farmers around the world via two major accomplishments:  the development of IR20, once one of the most widely grown rice varieties in the world, which was resistant to many insect pests & diseases and drastically reduced the need for chemical pesticides (Mano has been called the father of host plant resistance in rice); and developing low cost organic means for reclaiming sodic wastelands for agricultural production.  Under his leadership at the International Rice Research Institute and the Uttar Pradesh Council of Agricultural Research, tens of thousands of professionals worldwide were trained in various aspects of agricultural production, many of whom are now also in senior leadership positions.

Deeply religious and motivated by his faith, Mano was a kind and generous man who participated in many philanthropic activities.  His book “Vedic Gyan Vigyan” (Science & Wisdom of the Vedas) brought together his deepest interests.  Closest to his heart were the schools he built and scholarships he provided to children in need.  He believed in the good in people and never hesitated to give them a second chance.  Above all, Mano was a man of faith, with great love for his family, almost obsessively dedicated to uplifting the welfare of the helpless and the poor.

Mano was preceded in death by his wife, Durga Pathak, and an infant son. He is survived by his daughters Kiran (Ram) Misra of Erie, PA; Renu (Paul) Miles of Tracy, CA; Shashi Pathak (Trevor L. Rees) of O’Fallon, MO; grandchildren, Rajeev (Emily) Misra, Sunil (Lekshmi) Misra, Asha Miles, Dev Miles, Jai Miles, Mira Miles; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be sent to SSM Hospice Foundation (www.ssmhealth.com/donate/hospice-home-health-foundation)  or the Asia Rice Foundation, USA (www.asiariceusa.org) which provides scholarships to US-based university students studying rice related agriculture.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Sister Ann Marie Bonvie November 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    candle 8My sympathies to Mano’s family, especially Shashi and Renu. I will always be grateful for the time I was able to share with this honorable and holy man.

  2. Ila November 7, 2019 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    candle 8Our deepest sympathy to Shashi and all the family members. May God give strength and blessings to all of you carry on and celebrate your father’s life.

    • Akshat Pathak November 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      candle 6Iam going to miss you a lot chacha. Although, all of my memories associated with you are from my childhood days, but they are fresh in my mind as if it happend yesterday. Such was your persona, you provided will and energy.
      Iam disheartened , that I couldn’t meet you the last time you visited India . But I am surely gonna cherish your memories.
      And I have loads of them 😉
      My first cycle, my first dominos pizza, and the list goes on and on..
      I learned a lot from you.

      R.IP. chacha ji
      Miss you ❤️

  3. Shalini Shukla November 7, 2019 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    May His soul rest in eternal peace ! Heartfelt condolences! 🙏🙏

  4. Anjali Dixit November 8, 2019 at 12:28 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family in this hour of need.
    I had a chance to meet uncle on few occasions.He was a gentleman who had a lot of concern for the needy people.
    May God give you and your family to bear the loss.

    • Chandra B Shukla November 8, 2019 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Our heartfelt condolences to Ram, Kiran and all breaved family members. I got opportunity to meet many times with Dr, he was treating as family member. We pray almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace 🙏🙏🙏
      Chandra Bhushan Shukla

  5. Rohini November 8, 2019 at 2:22 am - Reply

    candle 8My deepest condolences…. He was a virtuous man and his his virtues continue to light the world after him as well …. RIP Uncle !

    • D.K. Vatsal & family, Lucknow. November 9, 2019 at 10:42 am - Reply

      candle 8I am in profound grief since I heard this sad news. Uncle was a man of words and principles. He had influenced my way of living in many ways. I can never forget him. I will try my best to walk on his footsteps in future also. May God give strength to you and your family to bear this great, irrepairable loss. And I pray for his soul to rest in peace.

  6. Ana María Martín Castillejos November 8, 2019 at 4:46 am - Reply

    candle 6Dear Shashi,

    Your father was a wise and kind man to be proud of. I am sure his work and profound belief will remain through time.

  7. Ana María Martín Castillejos November 8, 2019 at 5:05 am - Reply

    candle 8Dear Shashi,

    Your father was a wise and kind man whose memory and teachings will remain through time.

    God bless him

    With LOVE,

    Ana

  8. Charu Pathak November 8, 2019 at 6:41 am - Reply

    RIP nana🙏

    Will miss you.

  9. lisa keating November 8, 2019 at 8:17 am - Reply

    candle 7You entire family are in out thoughts and prayers. Edinboro University Biology Department Faculty and Staff.

  10. Ajith and Meera Kumar November 8, 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

    candle 8Dear Kiran,
    Our condolences to yo, your sisters and the rest of your family! Treasure your memories and remember that he lives on in your hearts!

    Ajith and Meera

  11. Ana María Martín Castillejos November 8, 2019 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Dear Shashi,

    Your father was a wise and kind man whose memory and teachings will remain through time.

    God bless him.

    Much LOVE,

    Ana

  12. Rajendra P. Oak November 8, 2019 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Kiran – Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss. We knew that he was a very accomplished man, but did not realize earlier how much his contributions meant for the mankind.

    Rajan and Nutan Oak

  13. sadhna ghaiy November 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Dear Kiran
    We do not know how to heal your pain, but wish we could.
    Please know that you are in our prayers and we wish you well.
    Fond memories of your Mom and Dad will live in your heart forever.

    Sharing in your sorrow
    with love and friendship
    Sadhna and Rajan Ghaiy

    • Emily Macdonald November 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      candle 6Rest peacefully and with our Creator, until we meet again. Thank you for your love and always your support, dear Nana! I will miss you greatly. You remain and will forever be an inspiration, not just to me, but to the world.

  14. Emily Macdonald November 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    candle 6Rest peacefully and with our Creator, until we meet again. Thank you for your love and always your support, dear Nana! I will miss you greatly. You remain and will forever be an inspiration, not just to me, but to the world.

  15. Akshat Pathak November 8, 2019 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Iam going to miss you a lot chacha. Although, all of my memories associated with you are from my childhood days, but they are fresh in my mind as if it happend yesterday. Such was your persona, you provided will and energy.
    Iam disheartened , that I couldn’t meet you the last time you visited India . But I am surely gonna cherish your memories.
    And I have loads of them 😉
    My first cycle, my first dominos pizza, and the list goes on and on..
    I learned a lot from you.

    R.IP. chacha ji
    Miss you ❤️

  16. Akshat Pathak November 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Iam going to miss you a lot chacha. Although, all of my memories of you, are from my childhood days, but they are fresh in my mind as if it happend yesterday. Such was your persona, you provided will and energy.
    Iam disheartened , that I couldn’t meet you the last time you visited India . But I am surely gonna cherish your memories.
    And I have loads of them 😉
    My first cycle, my first dominos pizza, and the list goes on and on..
    I learned a lot from you chacha ji.

    R.IP. chacha ji
    Miss you ❤️

  17. Asim&SheilaAnd family November 8, 2019 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Dear Ram&kiran My condolences to you and your family. Since I known him personally he was such a great soul and a loving person. He will be missed so much

  18. jai November 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    candle 6Nana, thank you for the wisdom and support you have given me and countless others. I will remember you as a kind, selfless role model and source of inspiration. Rest with love <3

  19. Nikita November 8, 2019 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    candle 6May you rest in peace! My heartfelt condolences to aunty and all of u!

    From Dr.R.N.Puri, Dr.Protima Puri, Nimish, Nikita and Ashit

  20. Gurdev November 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Dear Kiran, Renu and Shashi,

    We are sorry to know the sad news of your Dad’s passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We pray for the peace of his soul. We have very happy memories of our time spent with the Pathak family.

    Love, Uncle and Aunty Khush

  21. Ayako Nakamura November 9, 2019 at 1:49 am - Reply

    I will always remember you.

  22. Shafi Saxena November 9, 2019 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Dear Shashi, Renu and Kiran,
    I am so sorry. Uncle Pathak was a wonderful man. I have such lovely memories of him. A scientist, a humanitarian, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, a scholar, a friend, a wise and kindly presence. This is a legacy to be cherished and respected.

  23. Tomoko November 9, 2019 at 7:07 am - Reply

    candle 1My heart goes out to Renu, Shashi, and Kiran. Dr. Pathak was such a wonderful person and researcher. We will sorely miss him!

  24. Satya Prakash Pathak (Pallan) November 9, 2019 at 9:22 am - Reply

    You were such a great person of my life
    My support my source of inspiration…Going to have this regret forever that can’t meet you in last moment of your life… Thank you chacha ji for Every support and guidance. Will miss you.
    This is irreparable loss of my life..it’s hard to think my life without you, thank you so much for the love we got from you
    May your soul rest in peace.

    Condolences to Kiran didi, Shashi and Renu and all my family members

  25. Mira Miles November 9, 2019 at 10:13 am - Reply

    candle 8Nana,
    I love you so much, thank you for being such a kind, loving, and compassionate grandfather. I will always be grateful that I had a role model like you to look up to who always had something to teach me.

  26. Bhanu Durvasula November 9, 2019 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Kiran, Renu and Shashi,

    My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. Many fond memories of playing tennis with uncle Pathak. Thoughts and prayers with you and your families.

    Bhanu

  27. Raj Misra November 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    candle 7Nana,

    To so many in the world, you were a humanitarian, respected scientist, and philanthropist. To me, you were all those, but more than anything, a loving grandfather whom I always looked up to. I’ll always cherish the time we spent together, and I’m so glad you’re in a place without pain or suffering.

    Love,

    Raju

  28. Romesh Dev November 9, 2019 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Dear Kiran and Ram

    Please accept our heartfelt Condolences on your loss to you and your family.
    You are in our prayers
    Sharing sorrow with love and friendship
    Kiran and Romesh Dev

  29. Anurag and Vani November 9, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    candle 2May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss.

  30. Amita Vinze November 9, 2019 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Dear Kiran, Renu and Shashi,
    We are so sorry to hear of Uncle’s passing and send our sincerest condolences to all of you. We have such fond memories of both Aunty and Uncle, IRRI and the wonderful times our families spent together. Uncle will always live on in our hearts and minds..,, may he Rest In Peace. Love, Amita, Ajay, Anu, Aai and Mom

  31. Usha and JK Ladha November 10, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Dear Kiran, Renu and Shashi,

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Pathak’s passing away. Both your parents were like our mentors and big support for us.

    May his soul Rest In Peace and you all have strength to bear this loss. We are thinking about you in this trying time.

  32. Evan and Lori Rudert November 10, 2019 at 8:41 am - Reply

    candle 8Dear Kiran and Ram,
    Our condolences to you, and your entire family. Treasure your memories and remember he lives on in your hearts! Our love to all!
    With love- Evan and Lori

  33. Jitendra Sharma November 10, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

    candle 8Dear Bhabhi,

    We are sorry to know the sad news of your Dad’s passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We pray for the peace of his soul.

    Regards,
    Jitendra & Pragya

  34. Pal Singh November 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    What a shock on hearing his passing away. Dr Pathak was unique in many respects, for which words can never be enough to mention. He was a path finder, guide, support, generous, forgiving, and a true friend of poorest of the poor. I had an opportunity of working with him in IRRI and at the UP Council of Agriculture Research. He was my mentor in deed, and I will deeply miss him throughout.
    My heartfelt condolences to his family. May the God rest his soul in peace.

  35. ramdass keswani November 10, 2019 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Shashi and Trevor: Kavita gave us the sad news about your dad’s sad demise and we were shocked by the news. My memories him not only go back to Manila days but also during his several visits to New Rajinder Nagar where we lived many years. He was a kind soft-spoken person and very helpful in all situations. Pl. accept our heart-felt condolences and my you have the strength to bear this big loss. Losing a mother and father hurts a lot. Tons of love. Indra and Kes (kavita’s parents – in case.).

  36. Manish Dwivedi November 11, 2019 at 5:10 am - Reply

    candle 6Saddened to know the loss. Kindly accept my condolences.

  37. Laxmikant Mishra November 11, 2019 at 10:06 am - Reply

    candle 5My condolences to Ram ji, Kuran ji and all the bereaved members of Pathak, Misra, Miles and Rees family. May his souls rest in peace and blissfully in vaikunthalok.

  38. Scott/Shawna Siver November 11, 2019 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace. My thought and prayers go out to Shashi/Trevor and the rest of the family.

  39. Robert Reese November 11, 2019 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    May God bless this great man and his amazing family. He is in a better place and the people he helped here are better because of this kind soul.
    Peace be with all of you.. I love you Trevor and Shashi.
    Rest In Peace Mano 🙏🏻
    With Love,
    Robert and Kayola Reese

  40. Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary November 12, 2019 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Dear Family of Dr. Mano Pathak Ji,

    Me and my family is shocked once again hearing the sad demise of our beloved friend and philosopher Dr. Mano D. Pathak. We have fond memories of his association while we worked for IRRI in Los Banos. While he was based in India, after my retirement from FAO, I also settled in India. We worked together on several common projects here. I also visited his residence in Mahanagar, Lucknow, India several times.

    Kindly convey our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

    What else can we say, we lost a great friend and pray God grant his soul a place in heaven.

    Ram Chaudhary
    Gorakhpur, India
    Mob. +919450966091

  41. Jata S Nanda November 12, 2019 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    We are sorry to know the sad demise of Dr. M. D. Pathak.
    We express our sincere condolences to his family members,Shashi, Kiran and Renu. We cherish our association with him and his family while at IRRI. Dr. Pathak was a humble person. His contribution to science and humanity is exemplary. We pray that his soul Rest In Peace.

    Anu and jata

  42. VIPin Shukla November 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    महान सोच ,महान व्यक्तित्व के धनी, नाना जी, आपकी एक – एक बाते हमें बहुत कुछ सिखा गई और आगे भी उनसे मुझे बहुत कुछ सीखने को मिलता रहेगा ।
    मै उन खुशकिस्मत इंसान में से एक हूं जिसने आपके साथ कुछ महत्वपूर्ण समय गुजरा हूं। वो हमारे लिए बहुत ही बेशकीमती है।
    भगवान आपको अपनी शरण में ले।
    आपका मुस्कुराता चेहरा हमेशा मेरी आंखों के सामने आता रहता है।
    आप हमारी यादों में हमेशा अमर रहेंगे।
    गुड बाय नाना जी

  43. Ravindra Chandra Joshi November 12, 2019 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Dear Shashi, The JOSHI Family in the Philippines sends their deep condolences to the PATHAK Family Members, on the death of your dad.  He was my mentor and we will miss him.  May his soul rest in peace.  Our prayers for the departed soul.  Please take care.    Regards. Ravi & Elaine Joshi

  44. Ravindra Joshi November 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Our deep condolences to the PATHAK Family Members, on the death of your dad.  He was my mentor and we will miss him.  May his soul rest in peace.  Our prayers for the departed soul.  Please take care. 

  45. Donald & Judith Miles November 14, 2019 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Dear Kiran, Renu and Shashi,,

    We send our prayers and condolences to the three of you. Your care for,and of, your father during the last year and more of his life is a beautiful tribute to his character and love for his daughters. We thank God for you and for the life of a good man. His research, which continued several years into his retirement has made a huge impact in the world’s ability to feed an ever expanding population. Millions now live because he lived. We only met him three times, once in the US at the time of Renu’s wedding, and twice in India when we were visiting. His kindness modesty and thoughtfulness endeared him to our hearts and enriched our lives. You daughters and sons-in-law were deeply blessed to be offspring of such a man..

  46. Ashish Kumar Srivastava November 23, 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolence. May his divine soul rest in peace…

  47. Shivansh November 25, 2019 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Light

  48. Scarlett Kroboth Sampsell February 1, 2020 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Blessings to Shashi, Renu and your sister and your families. Because Renu included me at her lovely wedding with Paul, I was able to meet your wonderful father, mother and family. Shashi, I feel for you so much at this sad time. I remember how hard it was to lose my father. Finally I told myself to remember all of the best, good and fun times together. It lifted me up to remember them all. Your father was similar in the way he raised his daughters: with abundance of love, respect and confidence in each of you and your sister’s goals and dreams. He was a unique, intelligent, kind and amazing man.

    Love, Scarlett, Todd and Jan

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle