Posted by Rick Kaplar
A Life Well Lived:  Dr. Bishnu P. Poudel, who began life in a mud hut in Nepal and would later move to the United States to pursue the American dream, becoming a college president and successful businessman before helping found the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner in 1983, died on April 14, 2020.  He was 88 years old.
 
“Bish” was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner and remained an active member until his death.  He served as Club President in 1985-86 and went on to become the Charter Governor of Rotary District 761 (now 7610) in 1988-89.
Bish was a legendary figure in many circles.  After serving as president of a New England college early in his career, Bish returned to the academic world later in life, teaching at several universities in Northern Virginia.  He was active in the National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs for many years. 
 
In the intervening years, Bish built a successful insurance and financial planning business in the Tysons Corner area.  He was a founding member of Durga Temple of Virginia, the spiritual home of the Hindu community in the greater Washington area, and served on its Board of Trustees until his death.     
 
“Governor Bish” will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him and serving alongside him.  In honoring his life and work as a Rotarian, we are happy to share our fondest memories of Bish….
 
“Bish Poudel was one of the most beloved members in the history of our Club.  He was a Charter Member (April 1983) and served as our Club’s third President in 1985-86.  Bish belonged to the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner for 37 years!  Bish holds the record – destined to remain unbroken – of the most members recruited into our Club.  He had a natural way of ‘selling’ Rotary because he believed in it so deeply – and it was awfully hard to say ‘no’ to Bish!  He was a great leader, motivator, inspiration, spiritual presence, and friend.  What a Rotarian! We will surely miss our Bish.”
–Rick Kaplar, Past President, 
Rotary Club of Tysons Corner
 
“Dr. Bishnu Poudel will be forever missed.  His wisdom, generous spirit, and ability to be inclusive were qualities that we all aspire to obtain.  Dr. Poudel was extremely supportive of my work in television and connected me with many phenomenal guests.  I will forever treasure the copy of his book that he gave me at his 80th birthday party.  His work changed Rotary and I am grateful that I knew Dr. Poudel.”
–Ingrid Parris-Hicklin,
 Past President, Rotary Club of Tysons Corner
 
“An inspiration, mentor, beautiful man, and dedicated Rotarian.”
–Janet Brown
, Peter Vaka
, and Chuck Davidson, 
Past District Governors, Rotary International
 
The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner mourns the passing of Bishnu Poudel.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, close friend, mentor, guru, and scholar.