September 9, 1938 – September 11, 2018
Vijai Prakash died on 11th September, two days after celebrating his 80th birthday with his family and the inevitable Indian food. He was born in Delhi to Harpiyari and Girraj Prakash and he was the eldest son of seven children. Due to the nature of his father’s work they moved around India before setting in the Pink City of Jaipur. During his time in India, he played cricket, often in the streets with his friends. One day he was able to convince a maharaja to play on his polo grounds. Vijai achieved a BSc. in Geology at the Hindu University in Benares and then obtained a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering at Durham University in the north of England where he met Moira Smith at a dance in Sunderland. Much to the chagrin of both sides of the family, true love ensued and they were married in 1964. Clearly proving everyone wrong about the pitfalls of an interracial marriage in the 1960s, the marriage endured over three continents and over five decades. After a brief return to India, Vijai and Moira settled in Scotland in 1968 with their growing family. Their three children, Seema, Simon and Sonia grew up there before Vijai was recruited to Storage Tek in 1982, a career move he felt he needed to take even though the family had a good life in Scotland. Vijai then went to Bell Labs and ended his working life at Lucent after the birth of his first grandchild gave him the perfect excuse to take early retirement. Vijai in his youth was a university champion badminton player and in Scotland, naturally, he took up golf which he continued to play in Boulder. His wife forced him to swim and ski, the latter he loathed but he would do anything for Moira. He loved hiking with Moira up near their condo in Frisco, traveling with her around Europe and frequently returned to India to see his family there and be feted as only the eldest son can be. In his retirement years he loved to spend time with his grandchildren, Olivia, Iain, Simon, Sophia and Sydney and was, of great support when his grandson, Iain, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. Vijai leaves bereft his wife of 54 years, Moira, his children and their spouses, Seema and John Hess, Simon and Heather Prakash and Sonia and Kurt Brocko. His clever, dry humour and the unwavering love he had for his family will be sorely missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at Crist Mortuary on 22nd September, at 10 am. The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
Celebration of Life