Giving is a family affair for the Sahais

Brothers Anil and Subhash Sahai sit with their mother, Urmila, in front;
in back are Subhash Gupta; Neena (Sahai) Gupta; Nutan Sahai, Anil’s spouse; Sushma Sahai, Subhash’s spouse; Shashi (Sahai) Agarwal; and Anil Agarwal.

When Prem Sahai, Ph.D., and Urmila Sahai brought their children from India to Iowa in 1967, they also brought their love of family, education and service. Dr. Sahai taught at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, established the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center near Madrid and guided development of the Webster City Medical Clinic campus. Sons Anil Sahai, D.O.’79, Ph.D., FACP, and Subhash Sahai, M.D., ABFP, grew up to serve patients there in addition to their many volunteer activities. Anil Sahai – who died on July 16 – was a longtime member of the DMU Board of Trustees and an adjunct clinical associate professor as well as medical director of Hospice of Hamilton County, director/chair of Hamilton Hospital’s CCU/Critical Care Committee and its chair of internal medicine.

Members of the Sahai family love philanthropy, too. In 1995, Dr. Prem Sahai founded the Sahai Family Foundation for Educational Excellence, a philanthropic organization devoted to educational endeavors and projects in Iowa and India. It since has given millions of dollars to Des Moines University, Iowa’s three state universities and Webster City Community Schools, among many other organizations.

This giving family continues to enhance the lives of countless people, including DMU students, through their careers and contributions.

Establishing a tradition of family philanthropy is a wonderful way to transform our world, or at least part of it. Contact us at 515-271-1387 or via

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