Letter VMD MFD malaria concerns

Letter from a concerned father (my grandfather Dr. Vitor Manuel Dias) to his eldest son (my father Manuel Francisco Dias) studying in Bombay.

It is not dated, (actually it would have had to be post-1947, because he talks of elections in India), and my dad was probably a boarder at the Jesuit school St. Mary’s. His father is really worried about malaria; malaria was probably high on his mind as at that time Dr. Vitor Dias was steeped in the work of Saneamento da Velha Goa, which was completed in 1948, just a year before he died of a stroke. It was said in the family that the stress of it all probably shortened his life considerably.

The sudden death of Dr. Vitor Dias significantly changed the course of the fortunes of the family.

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