Debasis Baral

October 30, 1952June 6, 2019

Dr. Debasis Baral passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2019, in San Jose, California. Born in Daltonganj, Jharkhand, on October 30, 1952, he was the second child and only son of Professor Sankar Sebak Baral and Durga Rani Baral. Debu, as he was affectionately called by many, grew up in Howrah, West Bengal on the campus of the Bengal Engineering (BE) college, where his father was a renowned professor. In 1969 he received his high school diploma from the BE College Model School and was awarded a National Science Talent Scholarship. From 1969-1972 he attended Presidency College, Calcutta University and from 1973-1975, Delhi University, where he earned his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees. He then pursued his M. Tech at IIT Kanpur from 1975-1977. He then traveled to the U.S to pursue doctoral studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning a PhD in Physics in 1983. His first job offer was in the Bay area and he subsequently moved to San Jose, where he lived and worked for over 35 years, and met and married his beloved wife, Bertha Higa. At the time of his retirement in 2017, he was Vice President of the HDD Labs of Samsung Information Systems America and held seven US patents with several additional applications filed. Debu was admired for his generosity, his fun-loving and easygoing personality, strong work ethic, and humility. Despite his demanding career and travel schedule, he never failed to make time to enjoy visiting with family and friends in India and in the US. He was a role model to many and will be deeply missed. Debu is survived by his mother, Durga Baral of Chandanagar, West Bengal, India, by his wife, Bertha Higa of San Jose, his sisters, Dr. Bani Baral, Rani Sinha, Dipali Sil, Jonaki Panja and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Debu's memory to a charity of your choosing.


  • Visitation Monday, June 17, 2019


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Millie Seal

June 19, 2019

Debuda (Debasis Baral) as I knew him was a fun, kind, caring and generous human being. Even though we grew up together, I didn't really know him until later, when I was going through a difficult time in my life. He became my big brother (dada), when I was totally lost and had no one to turn to, he helped and guided me. He and Bert opened their home and heart and became my mentor and part of my family. I can never say enough about his unconditional love and caring for our family. He became a fun and loving uncle for my kids, they looked forward to Debuda's visit as he would always come with lots of goodies. Even though I lost touch with him in recent years, I knew he was always there!! Kids and I will always remember him with loving memories and will miss him dearly.

Rama Sinha Baral

June 19, 2019

Debu we miss you a lot. I grateful to Baral Family when I got married to Rama.
Your family was so simple as you were in the forefront for every one's need whether it was some else's daughter's marriage, medical aid or loan. You were the first one to stretch your arm with full support. Being on your academic career you have lectured on some of the leading universities of the world. You were indispensable for heading some leading companies.
Although you have retired from work but not from our hearts .
We all pray to God that you rest in peace with all others.
Dilip and Rama

Chandrasha Sinha

June 18, 2019

Mamu, wishes for the blissful journey ahead. We are going to miss those interesting conversations with you.

Pari & Chandrasha.

Larry Mosley

June 17, 2019

I first met Debu about 40 years ago when he came to Buffalo to visit Bidyut; I didn't realize at the time that he was to become a cherished friend.

In recent years he, Bert and I would meet up for lunch and a chat and sometimes he would take me to some orchard or wetland and show me some of the islands of nature within the city; I think he enjoyed sharing these bits of nature as much as he enjoyed visiting them.

I shall miss his quick wit, his kindness and generosity … I will miss him. Rest well my friend after a life well lived.


Payel Sil

June 17, 2019

Debu Mamu’s authenticity, attitude towards life and people, and generosity made him endearing. His demise has reminded us that life is fleeting and fragile.
We will forever cherish our shared memories.


April and Bidyut

June 17, 2019

Debuda (Debasis Baral) was always our big dada. We met him at IIT Kanpur, a rag-tag undergraduate bunch of about 8 of us that he took under his wing and was always there for all of us. Fortunate for us, we settled in the Bay Area, Northern California and have been near him these past few decades. We have been on many trips with him and his lovely wife Bertha, to Yosemite, to Fort Bragg for longer trips, and to Santa Cruz or Monterey for the quick day trips. He always took charge. In his presence we never had to worry about anything, we knew he would take care of it all.

Life is not fair and his passing ranks high in that category. He left us all in shock, with a big void in our lives.

April and Bidyut

Ashish Basu

June 17, 2019

Debasis da was a very intelligent AND a very friendly person.
I vividly remember the first time I met him. I had invited myself to his place of stay at Evanston when he was doing his post-doc work at NWU in August 1982 by simply mentioning that I happened to be his fathers student as well as a fellow student of his younger sister, Rama.

Soon after we met he said, "Come, let me show you Taj Mahal and the banks of the Ganges". The Taj turned out to be the Bahai'i Temple at Wilmette and the shore of Lake Michigan the latter. We spent a very pleasant evening by the shores of Lake Michigan enjoying the cool breeze on a summers day.

The memory of that day along with those of the following days will forever stay with me. The easy and friendly manner with which he welcomed me, a stranger, to stay with him for a few days was very endearing.

I am sure all those who knew him loved him very much.
Rest in peace Debasis da.

Dhurjati Chakraborty

June 17, 2019

I will never forget the humbleness he shared with me. Being just a novice to him, he never let me feel the difference. He was a gem of a person.
We came in contact when Prof. Bidyut Bhattacharyya introduced me regarding a
project 2 years back. I had many ups and downs but Debasis Sir and Bidyut Sir were always there to support me.
I still remember the way /tone he used to say .."KEMON AACHO DHURJATI".. I still feel he is with us, supporting us to achieve our Goals. And FOREVER will be for me in my thoughts, which he shaped in the last two years.

Dhurjati Chakraborty

Hari & Marie-Reine Baral

June 17, 2019

I will always remember the day I left India for France in 1969 . He came to me and hold my hand saying " Will you come back ?"
But he was the one to leave 'his Chorda' first.
We will never forget his joy of living, his ability to listen and his sense of humour.
He will remain in our hearts.
Hari and Marie-Reine

Ashoke Sen

June 17, 2019

My memory of Debuda goes back to 1976 when I first met him in IIT Kanpur. From the first day itself, we regarded him as our elder brother who would solve all problems. And he did. I have fond memories of going out for long bicycle rides with him in Kanpur (which he taught me to ride) and later in California for long car rides (which also he taught me to drive). Till the very end, he was the elder brother who solved all problems. I still cannot believe that he is not among us.