Babar Ali

September 3, 1967December 30, 2020

Babar Ali was born on September 3, 1967 and passed away on December 30, 2020 and is under the care of Pierce Brothers Valhalla.

Graveside Service will be held on January 4, 2021 at 3:30 pm at Pierce Brothers Valhalla, 10621 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.

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  • Graveside Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021


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Bob Blum

February 5, 2021

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and fellow graduate student, Babar. We met and and got to know each other at school in Columbus, OH. I was amazed by his warm personality and passion for astronomy. I only got to see him a couple of times after graduate school. I am thinking of Babar and all the great things he did as a person for those he knew and hoping his family find solace in his memory as a kind and good person.

Richard Pogge

February 4, 2021

I was one of Babar's professors at the Ohio State University, and only just now learned of his passing. I remember Babar as an enthusiastic student, keen observer, and had the pleasure of sharing a number of nights with him at the telescope. Those long nights were made shorter by his good cheer and warm sense of humor.

My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Darren DePoy

February 4, 2021

I was Babar's PhD dissertation supervisor and only learned of his passing today. I am very saddened and send my deepest condolences to his family and friends. We learned together how to navigate the world of professional science and astronomy, which, I hope, helped propel Babar on his career.

He was my first graduate student and wrote his thesis on an infrared survey of a region of star formation. He was enthusiastic about astronomy, worked hard and diligently, and was pleasant to observe with during the long nights at the telescope.

My very best regards and wishes,
Darren DePoy

Solange Ramirez

February 3, 2021

Dear Kristin,
I am deeply sad to learn today of Babar's passing. Lots of memories come to my mind, from the time we were graduate students at OSU, from the time we worked at IPAC/Caltech, to the time (not very long ago) we run into each other at a swim meet to learn that our children shared the love for the sport. Please receive my sincere condolences.

Ranga Chary

February 3, 2021


I am greatly saddened to hear about Babar's passing. Babar and I worked together in Pasadena. Although we never worked within the same group, Babar and I shared many a laugh together in the early 2000s - he had a great smile, and was a wonderful raconteur; I still vividly recall him telling me that story of him having a crazy accident on the freeway when he was at IPAC - something about a wheel of the adjacent car coming off and then swerving right into him; he just laughed it off like it was another typical day in Los Angeles, while we all listened with mouths agape. He was a good scientist and person, generous with his time, and contributed in a big way to the success of many projects, with Herschel being the last one he worked on with us. I am very sorry for your loss.

Andrea Elliott

January 9, 2021

We were incredibly shocked and saddened to hear of Babar's passing. Bob and I have very fond memories of big dinners years ago together in Rochester and Babar's quick wit and tremendous intellect. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Teri Barrons

January 4, 2021

Dear Kristin, Sekander and Daniyar, please accept our condolences on your recent loss. Although we have never met in person, we have heard many stories from your very proud and loving Aunt Lynn. We send our wishes for love, hope, faith and healing at this time of sorrow for your family. Sincerely, Greg, Teri and Joseph Barrons

Jodi Barnhill

January 3, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Babar was one of the most wonderful people I have known in my life. He was kind, funny and intelligent in so many ways. I am here in Northern California and would be so happy if I could meet you Kristin and your boys Sekander and Daniyar one day. I still remember when Babar got the call that he was accepted to Ohio State University. My Mom and I attended his graduation and were so proud of him. I have happy memories of Babar from our days with friends at University of Arizona. He could beat all of us at soccer and often beat me at scrabble even though English was his 2nd language! I will always remember Babar’s smile and kindness.