Drs. Jack & Padmini Gupta
Inducted on December 10, 2016
Dr. Padmini Gupta was born in Bangalore, South India and Dr. Jack Gupta was born in Northern India near the Himalayas.
Dr. Jack Gupta wanted to travel the world. After he finished high school, he received his doctorate degree in entomology at the Punjab Agricultural University in Punjab, India. He taught at the University of Science & Technology in Ghana for four years. In 1974, he obtained a position at the University of Nigeria without knowing that his future bride also arrived at the university to teach on the faculty of medicine. All of her schooling took place in Central India. She joined the staff of the medical college and practiced part-time. In 1974, she joined the University of Nigeria. In 1975, they married. Due to the political unrest in Nigeria, the Guptas moved to New York where Dr. Padmini Gupta entered a pediatric residency program at Harlem Hospital affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
In 1981, through a common friend, the Guptas came to know Drs. Ray Nunez and Powlin Manual who were looking for a partner for their practice in Kaplan. The Guptas visited in Kaplan and were impressed by the hospitality of the people of Kaplan–and all of Acadiana. The hospital administrator, Floyd Weber, was instrumental in finalizing their decision to relocated to Kaplan.
At UL, Dr. Jack Gupta completed his MBA. He is the founder of Eagle Pest Control & Chemicals and the current president and chief executive officer. He also is the manager of the family real estate holding and investment portfolio.
Dr. Padmini began her own pediatric practice, the Children & Adolescent Clinic, with offices in Kaplan and Abbeville. She has treated two generations of families in Vermilion Parish. The patients and their families appreciate her concern for her patients and sincerity; they call her “sweet lady.” Some say she is the “Mother Teresa” of the children of Vermilion Parish.
Since moving to Kaplan, Dr. Jack Gupta, who speaks French, has been active in the community. He loves the people, culture, and food of Acadiana and calls himself a “transplanted Cajun.”
Since joining the Kaplan Lions Club, Dr. Jack Gupta has served as president and the Lions’ Club district governor. He also has been an assistant scout master; president of the American Indian Association; president of the International Relations Association (TIRAA); involved with the international students (hosted and entertained them at his home when they were unable to go home for holidays); president of the Kaplan Chamber of Commerce; a member of the City Board of Adjustments; a member of the Rotary Club; the Vermilion Milk Fund; member of the Acadiana Symphony; a member of the Committees on twinning cities; and has hosted families at the Gupta house from their twin city of Hannut, Belgium for many years.
The Gupta family has been very generous to their community by their total involvement in social and cultural affaires. They are known to support many charitable causes, especially to the Rev. Hollis Meaux Center for Children.
Their son, Dr. Prashant Gupta, is a doctor of internal medicine in New Orleans and is married to Hilary Atkins from Baton Rouge.
Their daughter, Sonja Gupta graduated from University of New York. She later attended Loyola Law School and worked as a public defender in New Orleans and Lafayette. She now resides in Denver, Colorado and is studying computer programing.