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which it had been established and the offer On April 11, 1932, Dorabji set sail for

was declined.                                   Europe expecting, among other things, to

                                                visit his wife’s grave in England. It was on

In 1920, Dorabji donated £25,000 to the this journey that, on June 3, 1932, he died

University of Cambridge for the equipment at Bad Kissengen, Germany. A few days

of a laboratory in the School of later, almost on the anniversary of his

Engineering. He also endowed a Chair of wife’s death, Dorabji’s ashes were interred

Sanskrit at the Bhandarkar Oriental at Brookwood Cemetery.

Institute. During his lifetime he also gave to

the Prince of Wales Museum (now The Trustees were empowered to sell

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Dorabji’s lands, shares, securities and

Sanghralaya), Bombay his collection of jewellery. The jewellery and landed

paintings, statuary and other art objects, properties were sold by them – even the

FROM THEwhich are now on display as the Sir Dorabji fabulous Jubilee Diamond. The Trustees
Tata Collection.                                were not permitted to withdraw the shares

                                                Sir Dorabji had to his credit with Tata Sons,

Suffering from leukaemia, Meherbai during such time as the executors of the

passed away on June 18, 1931. Soon after Wills of, or the Trustees of the Sir Dorabji,
her death as a memorial to his wife, he Sir Ratan and R.D. Tata held the majority of

COLLECTIONendowed the Lady Tata Memorial Trust shares in the firm. In this way, through the
with a corpus for research into leukaemia. Trust, he sought to ensure the integrity of

The Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust the parent firm his father, he and R.D. Tata

was also formed as a much smaller trust, had founded in 1887.

partly from public donations, for the
training of women in hygiene, health and

OF THEsocial welfare.
                                                The Mausoleum of Dorabji and Meherbai
                                                Tata at Brookwood Cemetery, UK.

            Dorabji’s signal final contribution was the
            establishment of a substantial trust into
            which he poured all his wealth, down to the

TATA CENTRAL ARCHIVESlast pearl-studded tie-pin.

            Sir Dorabji and Lady Tata had no children.
            Like his father and brother before him,
            Dorabji believed that wealth must be put to
            constructive use, and less than a year after
            his wife’s death, he put all his wealth into a
            trust which was to be used ‘without any
            distinction of place, nationality or creed’,
            for the advancement of learning and
            research, the relief of distress, and other
            charitable This was the beginning of the Sir
            Dorabji Tata Trust.
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