NEW DELHI: Well-known journalist George Varghese, who served the news agency United News of India (UNI) in Delhi for about three decades, passed away at a private hospital here tonight after a prolonged illness.
He was 67. He is survived by his son Girish and daughter Surya. His wife had predeceased him some years ago.
His son Girish said Varghese breathed his last around 7.30 pm the in hospital, where he was admitted about a week ago after suffering a stroke.
His body will be brought to his home here tomorrow and then flown the day after to Kerala, where the funeral will be held on Friday at his home parish St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Thumpamon.
Varghese, who retired as News Coordinator from UNI seven years ago, was also a member of the Board of Prasar Bharati, the national broadcasting corporation.
As a special correspondent in UNI, he had covered several important beats, including the Prime Minister’s Office and the Congress party. He headed the Business Bureau of UNI for some time.
He served as the president of the Delhi chapter of the World Malayalee Council and as treasurer of the national council of the YMCAs of India. He was also a Malankara Orthodox Sabha Managing Committee Member.
He was associated with several other organizations and was vice-president of the All Kerala Balajana Sakhyam in his younger days.
He used to write columns for Malayalam Pathram in New York and Kerala Bhushanam.
Before joining UNI in the 1970s, he worked briefly as a lecturer at St Thomas College in Ranny, Kerala.
Courtesy: NetIndian News Network