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Lata Shriniwas Nerurkar

November 14, 1942February 25, 2021

Lata Nerurkar, of Arlington, Va., passed away on February 25, 2021, at the age of 78. She had been suffering from her battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia and died peacefully of natural causes at Cherrydale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Arlington, Virginia, where she had been living since January 2019.

Lata was born in Belgaum, India to Dattaram and Sushila Manage. She graduated from Bombay University in 1970, earning her Ph.D. with honors in Biochemistry. After earning her doctorate degree, she came to the United States in 1970 on a Fulbright Scholarship and to complete postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry and nutrition at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. An opening for an assistant professor position at Georgetown University in 1974 brought her to the Washington, D.C. area - where she had been living ever since.

She worked at the National Institutes of Health from 1984 to 2013, holding various positions, most notably: Research Associate at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Cancer Expert, Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute; Senior Editor, Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Lata was passionate about inspiring future generations to pursue careers in science and medicine. She was a regular judge at science fairs at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lata’s hobbies included photography, painting, drawing, cooking, sudoku, yoga, meditation and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband, Shriniwas Nerurkar; her son, Mukul Nerurkar; her sisters Geeta Chaukulkar, Rekha Lawande and Neela Manage and their families as well Mr. Waman G. Nerurkar and the whole Nerurkar clan.

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Linda Wang

March 19, 2021

Here is the second page of Lata's rice pilaf recipe.

Linda Wang

March 19, 2021

I worked with Lata nearly 20 years ago at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. She was always so kind and encouraging to me. One of my favorite memories of Lata is that she was an incredible cook. One time, she brought a delicious rice pilaf dish to our office potluck, and it was gone in an instant! The rice was so flavorful and nothing like I've ever tasted before. Everyone loved Lata's cooking, and she was so kind to share the rice pilaf recipe with all of us, which I have kept to this day. She had the warmest smile and biggest heart. Rest in peace, Lata.

Comfort Browne

March 19, 2021

I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Nerurkar but I saw her light, love and kind heart through her son Mukul. He talked about her all the time and shared many stories of the wonder mother he loved so dearly. She was the flame that sparked a devoted son's joy and now she is the light that makes him shine brighter than ever. My deepest condolences to the entire family and to everyone who knew her, loved her and will miss her.
With deep sympathies,
Comfort Browne

Anne McCarthy

March 11, 2021

Lata was a kind, generous, and loyal friend. Her greeting was always a happy, winning smile. She was such an intelligent woman, but she had an uncommonly sweet, gentle, and humble spirit. May she rest in peace until we meet again.

Anne McCarthy

Marilyn Bernhardt

March 8, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Lata’s passing.

I worked with her at The Journal of the National Cancer Institute and The National Cancer Institute. Lata always had a smile and a nice word.

Condolences to her family.

Christopher Hatch

March 8, 2021

I am so very sorry that Lata has died. I knew her as an acquaintance when she worked in Dr. Robert Gallo’s lab at the NCI (because my wife also worked there) in the mid 1980's through early 1990's and then as a colleague and a friend when we both worked as senior editors at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in the mid 1990’s. Lata was such a good person and colleague. So sweet and caring towards everyone, with a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile! I still have and treasure a small gift (made in India, of course) that she gave me back then. She made a big mark on the world and on everyone she interacted with. I extend my heartfelt condolences to her husband and son, neither of whom I have met, but I certainly heard about from Lata.

Julianne Chappell

March 4, 2021

Condolences to Lata’s family at this sad time. I could tell from early in our association that Lata was very devoted to her entire family, here and in India.

I hired Lata as a senior editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in the early 90s and worked with her for many years. She brought her considerable scientific acumen to bear on her editorial work and contributed greatly to the high standards and success of the Journal. She was always thoughtful and kind to her colleagues. I enjoyed knowing her both professionally and personally. I will always remember her with warmth and high regard.

Julia Redmond

March 4, 2021

Sorry to hear the sad news!

Lata was a colleague while at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Will always remember her generosity, kindness and sweet disposition.

She was a wonderful lady, friend and colleague!

Condolences to the family!

Joan Rodriguez

March 4, 2021

I was a manuscript editor at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and worked with Lata. Lata was the kindest, most generous person I have ever met. I enjoyed her friendship over the years--our conversations, our lunches with the work group, our walks, and her guidance in editing research papers. Before Lata and I retired from the Journal, Lata was writing a book of memories of her family. She let me read some of it. It was an amazing story. She and her sisters were truly remarkable women--excelling in their studies and their careers. Lata loved her family and cherished her son and husband. I will miss her terribly. What a beautiful woman!

Joan Rodriguez

Elaine Beck

March 4, 2021

I worked with Lata at NIH for many years. She was a good friend and one of the most thoughtful people I ever met. She never failed to remember any of her colleague's birthdays or special occasions. For many years she and a group of us would have lunch and just have a good time. RIP Lata from a great friend, I'll miss you.