OBITUARY

Tushar Kanti Ray

October 31, 1939November 30, 2015
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Dr. Tushar Kanti Ray, 76, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on November 30, 2015 after a short illness. Tushar Ray was born on October 31, 1939 in Pindira Village, Burdwan District, West Bengal, India, the sixth child and first son of Dr. Kamalakshya and Mrs. Dhumbati Ray. A precocious student, he earned his B.Sc. at Bidhasagar College, Calcutta. He then proceeded to study biochemistry at University of Calcutta, becoming part of the second cohort of graduates in a field newly emergent in India, receiving his M.Sc. and Ph.D. He was recruited as a postdoctoral researcher to the University of Pittsburgh in 1966. Over the next two decades, Dr. Ray would go on to distinguish himself as a leading figure in the field of ATPase Studies, examining how enzymes in cell mebranes regulate their environment. He was hired as a Research Scientist at the University of Rochester (1969-70) and University California at Berkeley (1970-75), before becoming a Research Professor at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas in 1975. In 1979, he became Director of Surgical Research at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, where he remained until his retirement in 1995. His work on the dynamics of acid secretion in the stomach, as well as cellular calcium and sodium transport, resulted in numerous NIH and NSF grants and hundreds of papers in biochemistry, enzymology and physiology, as well as a pharmacological patent. In 1995 he moved his family to Phoenix to be near his beloved brother, Dr. Basudeb Ray. During the years following his retirement, Dr. Ray remained aligned with his scientific career, but began to focus his interest and inquiry into the confluence between contemporary science and the ancient methods and practices of South Asian yoga and meditation. He opened his own yoga school and helped numerous students engage with and develop their physical and spiritual health. A devotee of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Ray was an active member of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Mission and remained committed to a core belief in the sanctity, value and reconcilability of all the world’s great religions. To these ends, Dr. Ray also became a prolific poet who composed philosophical and devotional poetry in both English and Bengali. A collection of Bengali poems, Ak Pyalar Jyono (“For A Cup of Tea”) was published in Calcutta in 1997. In 2003, he published a collection of English poems entitled Om Poems. He is survived by his wife, Mukta, son Ashim, granddaughter Mya; his brother, Basudeb (Reba), nieces Sumita and Anita, all of Phoenix, as well as his elder son Amit (Jessica), grandchildren Lucy and Kiran, all of Rochester, NY.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

  • Reception

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Satya Deb and Rachel Misra

December 28, 2015

We are extremely shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Ray's untimely passing away. He was a great family friend and I respected him as my elder brother. His contributions toward science and religion are numerous. May God bless his soul and keep his family consoled to continue on in his loving memory.

Richard & Danese Santana

December 3, 2015

Amit, So sorry to hear about your Dad. Having recently lost someone myself, I share the incomprehensibility of the loss, and can sympathize with you. We are thinking of you, and your whole family in this moment of grief. Hope you are well, and let us know if there is anyway we can do to help ease your burden.

Love,

December 3, 2015

Amit, From the pictures you can see that life for your father, centered around your family. It looked like he was a very loving father and grandfather. You have great memories and know he is always with you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Marsha Johnson

December 1, 2015

May you find comfort from God

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Dad and Mom with Baby Lucy, 2004

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Birthday Celebration April 2014, Phoenix, AZ

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September 2014, Phoenix, AZ

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Dad and Mom with Baby Lucy, 2004

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Birthday Celebration April 2014, Phoenix, AZ

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September 2014, Phoenix, AZ

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December 2013, Phoenix, AZ

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Mya's 6th birthday party , November 2014, Phoenix Az

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September 2015 , Phoenix Az

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November 2012 , Phoenix Az

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