Noman Patwary—Jan 07, 2017: Samson H. Chowdhury was the chairman of Square Group (Bangladesh).
He had been awarded with various national and international recognitions from various business association. Chowdhury was considered as a Commercially Important Person (CIP) in Bangladesh.
He was born at Aruakandi in Gopalganj on 25 September, 1925. After completing education at the Scottish Church College in Kolkata, India, he returned to the then East Pakistan and settled at Ataikula village in Pabna district, where his father was working as a medical officer.
He started a small pharmacy in Ataikula village of Pabna in 1952 and then ventured into a partnership pharmaceutical company with three of his friends in 1958.
To a question, why the name Square was chosen he said - "We named it SQUARE because it was started by four friends and also because it signifies accuracy and perfection meaning quality" as they committed in manufacturing quality.
He served as a vice president of the Baptist World Alliance from 1985 to 1990. In addition to being a BWA vice president, Chowdhury served in other areas of the global Baptist organization, including on the BWA General Council, the Executive Committee, the Baptist World Aid Committee, the Promotion and Development Committee, and the Memorial Committee. Chowdhury was elected president of the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) a dozen times, and was honorary general secretary for 14 years, between 1956 and 1969. He was a president of both the National Church Council of Bangladesh and the National Evangelical Alliance.
The American Chamber in Bangladesh honoured him as Business Executive of the Year in 1998. Besides, he was honoured as the Best Entrepreneur of the Country for the Year 2000-2001 by The Daily Star and DHL.
A memorial meeting was on his life and works was organised at Pabna Press Club on 5th January (Friday) to mark his sixth death anniversary. Special prayers were also held attended by his family members.
Due to old-age complications, Samson passed away in Singapore on January 5, 2012.