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Anita Chy no more

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  • 14 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Anita Chy no more

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Anita Chowdhury, wife of Square Group founder Samson H Chowdhury, passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital. She was 90.

She breathed her last at Square Hospital at noon on Sunday. According to her family, she had been suffering from various old age complications.

Anita, who was also known as ‘Square Mata (mother)’, left her children Samuel S Chowdhury, the incumbent chairman of Square Group, Ratna Patra, vice chairman of Square Pharma,      Tapan Chowdhury, managing director of Square Pharma and Anjan Chowdhury, managing director of Square Toiletries, and numerous family members, friends, and well-wishers to mourn her death.

Anita Chowdhury was born on August 5, 1932. She married Samson H Chowdhury on August 6, 1947. Since the establishment of their business in the 1950s, she had been the key source of her husband’s inspiration for going forward with his business. She made a great contribution to turning the business into a large conglomerate. Since the death of her husband, she has extended her motherly love to her 64,000 employees, whom she sees as her sons and daughters. And that’s why she is called "Square Mata."

Anita Chowdhury had also done volunteer work for national and international organisations. She contributed to different religious, social, and voluntary organisations.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Anita Chowdhury . She prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Her funeral was held at Ramna Catholic Church at around 7:30 pm on Sunday, and she will be taken to Pabna today for burial at her ancestral graveyard.

On January 5, 2012, Samson H Chowdhury died at Raffles Hospital in Singapore at the age of 86.

Samson H Chowdhury and three of his friends established Square Group in 1958 with a pharmaceutical business.

The business group is one of the country’s top business conglomerates and spans eight sectors, including healthcare, consumer goods, clothing, mass media, banking and insurance, helicopters, and agricultural products.

Currently, the group comprises 20 business concerns.