The academic veteran and Indian hospitality education’s pioneer Padma Shri Thangam Philip passed away on January 28, 2009 at 10 am following a cardiac arrest after prolonged illness at Kottayam. She was 87 years old. The funeral will take place on January 31, 2009 in Kottayam.

Thangam Philip was the Principal Emeritus of the Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai. She is among the 38 distinguished women in the world and one of the three women in India to have been invited by the United Nations to be portrayed on the FAO Ceres Medal.

Thangam Philip has been the recipient of many prestigious awards during her career. These include the 'Padma Shri' award conferred by the the Government of India in 1976. In 1982 she was bestowed with Knighthood of the Order of 'Cordon Bleu Du Sant Esprit' of France. She was a Fellow Member of Hotel Catering & Institutional Management Association, UK and Cookery & Food Association, UK. The Indian Association of Occupational Health, Bombay Branch presented her the prestigious 'Firestone Award'.

Thangam Phillip was also on the board of Kamat Hotels India Limited. Speaking about the loss, Param Kannampilly, Technical Director, Concept Hospitality Limited states, "She founded catering education in India. Her demise has come as a great loss to the Indian hospitality industry."

Grieving the passing away of Thangam Philip, K V Simon, Regional Vice President, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute says, “She was an academic veteran who contributed immensely towards the industry. People will remember Philip for her dedication and contribution towards the education, training and development of hospitality education and profession in India.”

Thangam Philip has been credited for several publications including text books on food production and bakery, the most notable contribution being 'Modern Cookery for Teaching and the Trade'. She retired from serving the hospitality education field in 1986, and since then Philip been on the Board of Directors for several hotels and national organisations such as Financial Institution of India, Air India, Kamat Hotel India Ltd (KHIL), Sterling Holiday Resorts, Chennai, and many other reputed hotel chains in India & abroad.

Ode to Miss Philip
The Miss Philip I never knew... was a strict disciplinarian, hard as nails, and terrorised her students and staff with her ability to tongue-lash. Grown-ups with high-profile designations would become students again, and imitate her with childlike glee... >>

Dominic Costabir
Director, Hospitality Training Institute (HTI) India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai
The demise of Ms Thangam Philip has been a great loss to the Indian hospitality industry especially the food and beverage business. She was an academician who dedicated her life to education >>

H A Mishra
Managing Director, Foodesign Associates
I believe that the foundation is one of the most important steps in one’s career and I am proud my foundation began in your college, Ms Philip. May your soul rest in peace. >>

Snehal Kulshreshtha
Senior Vice President - Hospitality, Kalpataru Limited
The light of Indian hospitality has dimmed,
The flight of Indian hospitality has been dragged,
The tears of Indian Hospitality will not dry,
For she was no small fry >>

Rajesh Rodrigues
Head – Editorial Operations, Hospitality Biz