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Death of Ravi Kumar (LGB '65)

jeudi, 31 mai 2018   (2 Comments)
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Ravi Kumar (LGB '65) passed away suddenly in Toronto at the age of 70 years, of complications following cancer treatment. His brother Eashwar (LGB '63) wrote the following tribute for Ravi and sent it in to the Alumni Office. 

Born and bred in Geneva, Ravi was a true Ecolinter, attending La Grande Boissière from primary school all the way to graduation in 1965, following in a fine Kumar family tradition! Excelling in his studies, he featured consistently in the Headmaster’s Distinction Lists and went on to study Physics at University, eventually completing a doctorate in High Energy Physics at the renowned Imperial College of the University of London.

He maintained close links with Geneva, spending many happy years in research at CERN, before moving to Fermilab in Chicago and then on to Toronto. 

A promising academic career was cut short by a heart attack and cardiac arrest in 1994, from which he made a near miraculous recovery. Fate tragically struck again in 2017 with the development of biliary cancer, necessitating major surgery and chemotherapy, all of which he bore with great fortitude until the end. 

Academic thought, ideas and the pursuit of knowledge were an enduring passion throughout his life. He read widely and adored books, acquiring an impressive library which filled every nook and corner of his apartment. A quiet man, he nonetheless kept in touch with a small group of close friends from Ecolint and loved to visit his brother in Norfolk, his daughter Sarojini in London and an extended family in India.

Ravi and his brothers Shankar and Eashwar.

He will be remembered fondly by family and friends as a caring unassuming man with gentle ways, for his courage in adversity, his wry sense of humour and not least for his legendary general knowledge. As his daughter Sarojini said in eulogy at his funeral in Toronto – “my Dad was Google before there was Google!”

Ravi and his daughter Sarojini

He leaves behind his daughter Sarojini, his brothers Eashwar and Shankar, his sister Vijaya, and numerous close relatives in India and North America.


Paul Elwell-Sutton says...
Posted dimanche, 24 juin 2018
I remember Ravi so very well. He made a lasting impression on me as one exceptionally gifted and brilliant being. I also remember the Ravi-Axel (Hambi)-Gowri gang. It gave pause for thought and recollection to read of his death. Go well Ravi.
Axel Hörhager says...
Posted samedi, 23 juin 2018
Ravi was my best friend at school, we always considered the other as the yardstick of excellence in study. But we also played together, sometimes for hours on the way home after school in the rue des Eaux-Vives. Gowri Sundaram was also part of our gang. We had wonderful times together ! I last spoke with Ravi a few weeks before he passed away, and he was full of good spirits and love of life. Blessings.

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