Obituaries


(Nov. 14, 1996, Gazette)

Dr. Rajendra Jain

University flags flew at half-mast recently to mark the sudden death of Dr. Rajendra Jain. Dr. Jain died of cardiac arrest in Toronto on Oct. 23. He was 57 years old.

Dr. Jain's death was a shock to his family, and to his friends in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics; he will be missed.

"He was always very kind, and easy to get along with," said Dr. Bruce Watson, head of Mathematics and Statistics. "He engendered respect in his students, and he was committed to his research."

Dr. Jain held a bachelor of education degree from Agra University in India, a master's degree from the University of Windsor, and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Western Ontario.

After completing his PhD, in 1976 he joined Memorial's Department of Mathematics and Statistics as an assistant professor. Two years later Dr. Jain was promoted to associate professor, and in 1992 was made a full professor. During the two decades he spent at Memorial he made many friends and inspired students.

He is survived by his wife Sudha, who is a statistician at the University of Toronto, and their two daughters.

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Allen Stark

Allen Stark, a graduate student in the M.Sc. (earth sciences) program, died Oct. 20 in a diving accident in Nova Scotia at age 29.

Mr. Stark came to Memorial to study environmental issues in earth science after receiving a B.Sc. (honors) in geology at Dalhousie University. At the time Mr. Stark already had several scientific publications to his credit and would soon add more. Many classmates and professors remember his initiative and commitment. "I have yet to see another student with such drive and dedication," said Dr. Jun Abrajano, who was Mr. Stark's supervisor. "He had the remarkable ability to maximize the value of the resources he had available, and he never failed to recognize opportunities as they arose. This bold determination characterized much of Allen's stay at Memorial University, and this was very much admired by all who knew him well. He presented his work at various scientific meetings, and his accomplishments were noticed by some of the world's most reputable research groups."

The topics investigated by Mr. Stark included polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the international segment of the St. Lawrence River, and ecological and environmental investigations using compound-specific carbon isotope analysis. At the time of his death he was working on his thesis, titled Source Appointment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the St. Lawrence River.

"I will now attempt to complete this paper, with Allen as senior author, to ensure that the scientific community will benefit from the fruits of Allen's hard work," Dr. Abrajano said.

Mr. Stark is survived by his family in Nova Scotia, and by many friends and colleagues.