Mary Clubwala Jadhav

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Mary Clubwala Jadhav

Mary Clubwala Jadhav (1909–1975) was an Indian philanthropist and a recipient of India's civilian honour Padma Shri. She has founded a large number of NGOs in Chennai and the rest of country and is often credited with setting up the oldest organized social work bodies in India. Her organization Guild of Service operates more than a dozen units related to orphanage, Female Literacy, Care and Rehabilitation of the Disabled etc.[1] She has been honored with Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honor of India in 1975.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mary was born in 1909 in Ootacamund in the then Madras Presidency to Rustom Patel and Allamai, member of the 300-strong Parsi community of Madras city. She had her schooling in Madras and married Nogi Clubwala at the age of 18.


Mary Clubwala Jadhav was born in 1909.[3] She was appointed Sheriff of Madras in succession to Mr. R. E. Castell for one year in 1956.[4] She also honored the Duke of Edinburgh on his visit to Madras (now Chennai) in 1961.[5] She started Madras School of Social work in 1952, the first school of social work in South India.


  1. ^ "Guild of Service founder’s role hailed". The Hindu. September 30, 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Padma Vibhushan Awardees". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Mary Clubwala sculpture unveiled". July 14, 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "dated December 20, 1956: New Sheriff of Madras". The Hindu. December 20, 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "When Queen came calling". The Times of India. June 9, 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 

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