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Nation mourns death of business pioneer

President and prime minister both praise contributions of Square Group chairman

ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka

ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka

Published: January 09, 2012 06:04 AM GMT
Nation mourns death of business pioneer
Samson H Chowdhury

Church and business leaders last week paid tribute to a well-known businessman Samson H Chowdhury, founding chairman of the Square Group, who died earlier this month. Thousands gathered on January 6 for an inter-faith prayer meeting at St Mary’s Cathedral to pray for the deceased business leader. “God sent Samson H Chowdhury as a blessing. Considering business as his vocation, he [was] honest to his duty and made great contributions to the development of society and the nation. I pray for the eternal rest of his soul,” said Holy Cross Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka during the meeting. Chowdhury, a member of the Baptist Church, died at Raffles Hospital in Singapore on January 5. He was 86. The prelate added that Chowdhury was widely revered for his Christian idealism and his respect for all people regardless of caste or creed. A funeral was held at the Baptist church in Ataikula village in Pabna district on January 7. “[Chowdhury] has made remarkable contributions,” said Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman. “His industries including pharmaceuticals and hospitals have opened ways for mass public welfare. He is a model for business initiators and investors in the country.” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “The nation has lost a great leader who has been a pioneer in business initiatives.” The late businessman’s son, Anjan, told journalists last week that his family was overwhelmed to see how well-loved his father was. “We knew people loved and respected him, but it is such an extent that we never imagined. I thank all for their tributes.” Founded in 1958 as a small business, the Square Group today has 29 subsidiaries and employs about 30,000 people.

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