Anand M.P. Sinha

Jan. 15, 1934 - June 11, 2015
Anand M.P. Sinha , Jan. 15, 1934 - June 11, 2015

Anand Mohan Prasad Sinha of Montauk was an accomplished sociologist and longtime professor who taught at Southampton College and Stony Brook University, among other institutions. He was a spiritual man who will be remembered for his kindness, humor, and understanding nature, his family said.

Mr. Sinha died in Stony Brook last Thursday at the age of 81. He had several illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

Mr. Sinha was born in Hajipur, India, on Jan. 15, 1934, to Shri Jagdish Prasad and Srimati Sarda Devi. He grew up in Hajipur and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in political science at Patna University in Bihar, India. He eventually came to study at Syracuse University, where he earned a master’s degree in mass communications in 1965, and later studied at Columbia University, earning a doctorate in 1977. His areas of research included communications, mass media, and social change in Indian villages.

He began his career as a lecturer in political science at Raj Narain College in Bihar in 1957, and from 1958 through 1962 he was a features writer and assistant editor at The Patna Daily, also in Bihar. He at one time worked for the Indian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, and began a long career teaching communications at the New York Institute of Technology in 1967.

He later taught at Fairfield University in Connecticut, Queensborough Community College, Staten Island Community College, Montclair State College in New Jersey, and Farmingdale State College, in addition to Stony Brook and Southampton College. He was a member of several professional organizations, such as the International Studies Association and the Eastern Sociological Association, and was a member of the steering committee of the South Asian Sociological Association and a past president of the New York State Sociological Association.

It was in 1971 that he met Christa Maria Sinha on a blind date in Chinatown. “It was love at first sight,” she said. They were married on Dec. 31, 1976.

“His eyes showed nothing but respect and love,” she said. “He never said a mean word about anybody or anything. No matter what happened, he could see the positive in everything.”

Mr. Sinha, who moved to Montauk in the early 1990s, enjoyed music and literature. He was a spiritual man, and his family said he could often be heard quoting Mahatma Gandhi, who once said, “God has no religion.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Nandani Maria Sinha of Los Angeles, Sushil Maria Sinha of Montauk, Ranjani Maria Sinha-Jones of San Francisco, and Raj Mohan Parsad Sinha, who is an Army medic stationed in Landstuhl, Germany. He leaves six grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Sinha will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, with aspects of Hinduism to be observed. Afterward, Mr. Sinha’s family has invited friends and loved ones to spread his ashes from a boat off the coast near the Montauk Point Lighthouse. To do so, Sushil Sinha can be emailed at sush82@yahoo.com.

Another gathering honoring Mr. Sinha will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Hideaway restaurant at 364 West Lake Drive in Montauk. The family will be dressed in simple, casual, white clothing to symbolize purity and peace.

Donations in Mr. Sinha’s memory have been suggested to the Montauk Senior Nutrition Center, in care of Eileen Bock, 240 Edgemere Street,