Siraj Sharma, 87, a leader in occupational therapy

Siraj Sharma, 87, of Plymouth Meeting, a native of Hyderabad, India, whose influence in the field of occupational therapy was felt here and abroad, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, of interstitial lung disease at home.

A pioneer in her field, Mrs. Sharma was a member of one of the first graduating classes of occupational therapy students in South Asia and was the first Indian student to receive a Colombo Plan Scholarship to study at the London School of Occupational Therapy in 1952.

She continued to blaze trails after her graduation as the liaison between the Occupational Therapy School in Bombay (now Mumbai) and the United Nations Rehabilitation Team in the 1950s.

She led and managed the occupational therapy department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi from 1962 to 1970.


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