Purewal among Weirton Hall of Fame inductees


WEIRTON — Dr. Gurdev Purewal has been named as part of the 2018 Class of the Weirton Hall of Fame, to be inducted in the category of philanthropy.

This year’s induction banquet will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 12 at Undo’s in Weirton. Tickets are on sale at a cost of $30 per person, and are available at the Weirton Municipal Building.

Purewal was born in a small village in the northern part of India, located 200 miles north of Delhi. He is the youngest of five siblings.

He attended a local school until the fifth grade, then was sent to a boarding school. He did his pre-med studies at the University of Allahabad, and spent a year at St. Xavier’s College in Ranchi before starting medical school at Galancy Medical School at Amritsar, India.

Purewal was awarded college colors in basketball, soccer, field hockey and water polo, and a silver medal in rifle shooting.

After graduating, he started his orthopedic residency, during which time he married his wife, Surinderjeet.

After writing his thesis and passing his exams, Purewal was awarded a master’s in surgery degree in orthopedics and became a lecturer in orthopedic surgery. He then went to England, training at the Royal Orthopedic Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. for three year.

Returning to India, he was promoted to assistant professor at his medical school, before coming to the United States in 1975, along with his wife and their three children, Amandeep, Preena and Navdeep.

Purewal did a residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., and then moved to Weirton in 1977.

In addition to Purewal, this year’s inductees include John B. “Pat” Porco in the category of sports and athletics; Victor A. Greco, public service; William E. Paolisso Jr., sports and athletics; Tom Banketas, philanthropy; Gary Mastromichalis, public service; Curtis Allen Lehman, music and fine arts; James J. Guida, business; and Dewey Guida, business.