ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Tapan Kumar Sarkar, my Jethu. 
Most people know him as a brilliant mind with a great sense of humour, a very loyal and generous friend or a supportive mentor. I knew him as all of the above but also someone who loved pets, wildlife and gardening. Someone who loved unconditionally, wholeheartedly, made faces whenever I pointed the camera at him. Someone who loved history, shopping and travel with the same passion that he loved his work .Someone who loved watching movies. Last but not least, a cut throat board game player and a fellow Murder mystery lover (Poirot over Miss Marple). 

The background music is a Bengali song sung by one of his favourite Bengali singers, Hemanta Kumar Mookherjee. The song is about the life and work of the long distance running messengers called "Runner" that were used during colonial India to deliver both verbal and written messages. The song is about one such nameless Runner, his life, work and family. He always had this playing in a loop in his car during long distance trips, and the CD player in his house.
Posted by Srijata Sarkar on March 31, 2021
On behalf of my parents, Aloke and Shampa I would like to add a few words about Tapan as we knew him.
He was a man of few words, as all of you are aware, but a man with the biggest heart and compassion that I knew. He was always observant but expressionless, and had the uncanny sixth sense to know and give before you even ask for it. He always acted on his beliefs, always stood up vociferously for what he believed was right.
Despite having left India in the late 60’s, he was always deeply rooted in his culture, be it his taste in music, movies, literature or food, while being open to the new experiences of his travels. He was the oldest son of the family and took that commitment to family unflinchingly.
Jethu, I never once saw you hesitate in lending a helping hand to anyone in need, your only condition being complete discretion. I never saw you be neglectful of anyone’s needs, starting from your parents, your siblings, your relatives and even the house helps. You had no qualms about working on household chores shoulder-to-shoulder with all of us. Your ability of blending in a crowd of your colleagues, or our relatives, my friends and their families or all the domestic helps at home, has always fascinated me. Your humility and simplicity resonates with everyone who has ever met you, and they all remember and love you for it. Your mere presence in our lives instilled a sense of security, comfort and relief that you would know what to do when we did not.
To me personally, Jethu was my guiding light and biggest cheerleader. His “I have no doubt you can do it” was like the biggest boost of self belief I could get. Be it when I was handling my grandparents’ healthcare, or the designs of extending his home in Dewitt, interviewing and finding the right contractor, or booking my first flight, or even cooking Bengali food for the first time, while he stood behind me in the kitchen. The only thing he was disappointed about was my inability to keep his plants in his home alive when he would take his trips. He solved it by having only perennial plants!
Let me end with a story that I have been remembering for the last few days.
The 4 year old I, got into an argument with a fellow classmate, about occupying a coveted seat on the school bus which dropped us home. I have always been the tallest in my class and she was a bit vertically challenged. To even out the odds, she threatened to bring her school- prefect older sister if I did not accede. I, being the only child in the whole family, no older sibling to offer, confidently retorted that I too would be bringing my Jethu, and she better know he was 6 feet and 4 inches tall!
My Jethu, knowingly or unknowingly was always my savior, my hero!
You will always be remembered and always be missed!
Posted by Yachiyo McLaughlin on March 20, 2021
It’s hard to lose someone who means so much to all of us, and even harder that we couldn’t all be together to say good-bye. 
Tapan was a remarkable Professor, researcher and mentor. He will be deeply missed.
Thinking of you all as you celebrate Tapan’s life.

With warm thoughts and prayers,
Christian Pichot
Yachiyo McLaughlin
Posted by Ari Sihvola on March 18, 2021
Tapan, the eternal wanderer, left lasting traces all over the world.

Tapan visited Finland uncounted times. His intensive short courses in Helsinki University of Technology and Aalto University on various aspects of electromagnetics are unforgettable.

Who would not have been affected by his physical presence, the character and decibels of his voice, his singular personality?

Tapan, we sincerely loved having you here. I trust that the feeling was reciprocal.

Tapan, our friend. We miss you.
Posted by Sapna Ghosh on March 18, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Tapan Sarkar’s family.

Dr. Tapan Sarkar was academician and a researcher in true sense.

He was recognized worldwide for his excellent research in the computational electromagnetic area.

He was honored by academic institutions and other organizations.

We Know Dr. Sarkar for a long time and we admire him for his research contribution to Electrical Engineering.

May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Madhavan Swaminathan on March 18, 2021
I had the privilege of being one of Prof. Tapan Sarkar's early students. During the period 1986 - 1990, I got the opportunity to learn so much from him not just on the technical side but on life in general. Being close to Niagara Falls I also got to drive to his parents to visit Niagara Falls and got to know them very well.
I remember distinctly an incident that occurred in 1990 when I was getting ready to graduate, had an offer from IBM lined up but found to my dismay that I was one course short of the requirements needed for graduation. I begged the department chair to let me graduate without this course which he flatly refused. I then approached Prof. Sarkar. I remember him walking into the Dept. Chair's office and then saw him storm out by banging the door behind him. I thought all was lost but to my disbelief the Chair reached out me and indicated that he would let me graduate. What Prof. Sarkar had done was struck a deal with him where he agreed to supervise a special problems course that would count towards the requirements. This is just one example of the big heart that Prof. Sarkar had - he believed in the capabilities of people he worked with and was there to support them no matter what.
Since, then we have had so many instances to meet, interact, disagree with each other be it in Atlanta, Korea, Malaysia, Hawaii, India, Netherlands, ..... and everyone of those interactions have been the most memorable.
I am a Professor myself. His influence on my career has been so deep and broad, that I try to emulate his way of teaching, presenting, arguing, thinking... to this day.
Prof. Sarkar - I will miss you.

Madhavan Swaminathan
Professor, Georgia Tech
Posted by Walid Dyab on March 18, 2021
Dear Prof. Sarkar's Family,
I would like to express my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Dr. Sarkar.
I knew Dr. Sarkar when I started reading for my MSc in Egypt in 2006. His contributions, papers and books shaped the way I see the whole field of electrical engineering. I was lucky to join his lab and become his student at SU from 2009 till 2014. During this time, Dr. Sarkar always treated us as his own family. Those years had a great and lifelong impact on my life. Words fail to express the sorrow I feel for this loss. He will always be remembered.
With grief
Walid 
Posted by Jawad Siddiqui on March 18, 2021
My heartfelt condolence and sympathy to Prof. Sarkar’s family and friends. I do not have words to express my grief. We lost him too soon. He was a father figure to me and it will be difficult to come to term with this loss. My heart reaches out to his family and friends. No words can be comforting at this hour of grief and we can never fathom the pain and grief they are going through.
I was always awe stuck by his aura, his personality and his immense depth of knowledge on any subject. His and his family's hospitality in Kolkata will forever be etched in our minds. His trips to Kolkata will always start with a call to have dinner with him and his family. It was like a ritual to have sessions of adda with him, his family and friends. Winters in Kolkata will never be the same again. Conferences will never be the same again.
I was planning to visit Syracuse some time to visit Prof. Sarkar, but alas that will never happen now. I cherish the time I spent with him and will miss him forever.
Posted by Chainarong Kittiyanpunya on March 17, 2021
Dear Prof. Sarkar's family

I am Chainarong Kittiyanpunya from Thailand. I got a sad news about passing Professor Tapan Sarkar. I'm stunned by this news. This is a tremendous loss for our profession. I truly appreciate him kindness for educating support. He has taught and supervised me when I visited his laboratory at Syracuse University. I know well that he is the best professor and researcher forever. Goodbye, my dear professor.
My thoughts and prayers are with Professor Sarkar and his family.

Sincerely,
Chainarong Kittiyanpunya
Thailand
Posted by sakti Mookherjee on March 16, 2021
On this somber and solemn occasion let us extend first our heartfelt condolence and deep sympathy to Dr. Tapan Sarkar’s family that include his youngest brother, Debasish from MD caring for him for the last several months of his mortal illness and his other brother Aloke and his wife Sampa and their daughter Srijata who was Tapan’s favorite niece at Kolkata, India. She was the apple of his eye and he loved her dearly.Tapan himself was a lifelong bachelor and an active member of our Syracuse family.

Tapan Sarkar was devoted to his academic pursuit and was recognized as an erudite scholar, an original productive researcher and practical scientist in his chosen field, and a respected post graduate and post-doctoral professor. He was honored numerous times by various national and international prestigious organizations including several honorary doctorates from well-known international universities. But he was very unassuming and never let any other person know of his successes and glorious achievements and that included his close friends and family members even including his parents, and I did have the privilege to know his parents well , late Dr, Sanat Sarkar and late Mrs. Mira Sarkar who used to come to Syracuse almost every year for 16 years.

Tapan was a leader, a well sought-after speaker and organizer in various high-powered meetings and related organizations and chaired their multiple year-round sessions in various countries in the world. Indeed, he was a world traveler and had been in and out of Syracuse University for weeks at a time. In 2014 he was president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation society. IEEE is the world’s largest prestigious technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. In 2020 when in hospital, he was informed that he was awarded the 2020 institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electromagnetic Field Award. His close associate and friend since 1980’s was Professor Magdalena Salazar Palmas of Madrid University, Spain who coauthored many papers and books with him and shared mutual fields of interest. She had been greatly concerned about Tapan’s health and used to call frequently- our heartfelt condolence to Dr. Salazar as well.
Tapan unfortunately caught COVID -19 infection in early 2020, and eventually lost his precious life prematurely after ailing seriously for over a year.
Our sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr Don Mcphearson who spared no pain even at odd hours to come and help Tapan in his illness, Mrs. Charlotte Mcphearson RN, Kush- who was Tapan’s caregiver for nearly 24 hours and his helping person Theresa Basla who informed me one afternoon of Tapan's pain and inability to move even in bed that made me get him admitted to the hospital .
On a personal note, I have known Tapan for nearly 50 years. He and Mr. Gurnek Singh came to my daughter’s Annaprasan/ that was first rice ceremony in 1972 when Suzie was just a few months old. Somewhat whimsical, but extremely bright, I was fond of Tapan— with his 6 ft 4 inches height he used to come to my rescue to help me with my 5'3" height fix things beyond my reach prior to our domestic functions and celebrations. By and large Tapan used to remain quiet until one talks about subjects he likes or does not like when we would open his mouth and express his opinion without reservation.
My family particularly my children and I were quite amused and got used to his mannerisms while admiring his superb scholarship and original contribution to science and technology. They miss their Tapan Uncle and I do miss him very much as a close friend -more like a dear brother.

We all wish his soul rest in eternal peace! 
Posted by Mostafa Kaveh on March 15, 2021
My sincere condolences to Tapan's family and many friends and colleagues. I was fortunate to know and follow some of Tapan's brilliant work for some 45 years. He will be dearly missed.
Posted by Disha Mookherjee on March 15, 2021
Remembering our Tapan Kaka! When I think of Kaka I think of my dad always saying “ Tapan ke dakee” usually to feed him ☺️( since he always fed us at awesome restaurants). Kaka was always there for dad to help him with anything ... especially all those really high hard to reach places.... —it was Tapan Kaka who helped us put up our Durga pandal for years. I also remember landing in Kolkata and heading to his home and he always had the most delicious and exquisite Indian delicacies to taste followed by a tour of all the amazing birds on his chaath( roof). As my sister, Suzie Mookherjee always says “he was there at my first birthday”. Kaka you will be missed by so many. You have been a constant in our lives, not only at every big occasion but also for so many of those everyday moments... love you....
Posted by LUIS EMILIO GARCIA CASTIL... on March 15, 2021
Dear Tapan's family:

Let me express my condolences. Dr Sarkar's was my Ph.D co-advisor together with Prof. Salazar in Spain. I visited Sr. Sarkar's lab in SU several times during my Ph.D. Also, Dr. Sarkar visited Spain in many occasions afterwards. During hat time Dr. Sarkar made a huge impact in my research thinking. I was lucky to share many technical conversations in which his brilliant mind shined clearly.

And Tapan, the man, was also brilliant with a very good sense of humour and determination. Still remember he was the happiest professor in the world by simply sharing a pizza at Varsity when receiving important honors or prizes.

With my best wishes
Posted by Yingbo Hua on March 15, 2021
Dear Tapan's Family:

I received the sad news that Tapan passed away. I would like to offer my heart felt condolences. Tapan Sarkar was a great professor.

Tapan was my PhD advisor during 1985-1988. I also did my postdoc under him during 1988-1989. He and I traveled together to several conferences and shared the same hotel rooms in late 1980s. My first visit to Italy was also with him to consult for Aritalia in 1988 or 1989. After the business, I decided to visit Rome and other cities by myself. Before I took a train ride, he offered me a waist bag to keep important things safe from thieves. He was a very thoughtful man. After l moved to Australia, he visited me and my family in mid 1990s. When we were enjoying a walk in Melbourne Zoo, he caringly reminded me of keeping an eye on my little daughter who was running around. We also met when I was on sabbatical in Hong Kong during 1999-2000. He also visited me and my family in my house shortly after I moved to California in 2001. He loved traveling around the world, and I enjoyed his side trip to visit me every time. Tapan and I shared a strong passion for research in our respective and constantly moving fields, which perhaps also reduced our contacts in recent years. Tapan is always remembered in my heart.

With best wishes

Yingbo
Posted by Magdalena Salazar Palma on March 15, 2021
Tapan was an astonishing professor, mentor and colleague, a sharp and brilliant mind, a generous human being, and best of friends. I was blessed to meet him 32 years back. He mentored me, worked with me, never lost faith on me, and made of me a better human being. Thanks, Tapan, for your generosity!
Posted by Pritha Dasmahapatra on March 15, 2021
"The Spirit is neither born nor does it die at any time. It does not come into being or cease to exist. It is unborn, eternal, permanent, and primeval. The Spirit is not destroyed when the body is destroyed."
His love, his support, his spirit will never leave your side. You were fortunate to have him in your life. And I'm sure he's still watching over you. Your guardian angel.

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Posted by Srijata Sarkar on March 31, 2021
On behalf of my parents, Aloke and Shampa I would like to add a few words about Tapan as we knew him.
He was a man of few words, as all of you are aware, but a man with the biggest heart and compassion that I knew. He was always observant but expressionless, and had the uncanny sixth sense to know and give before you even ask for it. He always acted on his beliefs, always stood up vociferously for what he believed was right.
Despite having left India in the late 60’s, he was always deeply rooted in his culture, be it his taste in music, movies, literature or food, while being open to the new experiences of his travels. He was the oldest son of the family and took that commitment to family unflinchingly.
Jethu, I never once saw you hesitate in lending a helping hand to anyone in need, your only condition being complete discretion. I never saw you be neglectful of anyone’s needs, starting from your parents, your siblings, your relatives and even the house helps. You had no qualms about working on household chores shoulder-to-shoulder with all of us. Your ability of blending in a crowd of your colleagues, or our relatives, my friends and their families or all the domestic helps at home, has always fascinated me. Your humility and simplicity resonates with everyone who has ever met you, and they all remember and love you for it. Your mere presence in our lives instilled a sense of security, comfort and relief that you would know what to do when we did not.
To me personally, Jethu was my guiding light and biggest cheerleader. His “I have no doubt you can do it” was like the biggest boost of self belief I could get. Be it when I was handling my grandparents’ healthcare, or the designs of extending his home in Dewitt, interviewing and finding the right contractor, or booking my first flight, or even cooking Bengali food for the first time, while he stood behind me in the kitchen. The only thing he was disappointed about was my inability to keep his plants in his home alive when he would take his trips. He solved it by having only perennial plants!
Let me end with a story that I have been remembering for the last few days.
The 4 year old I, got into an argument with a fellow classmate, about occupying a coveted seat on the school bus which dropped us home. I have always been the tallest in my class and she was a bit vertically challenged. To even out the odds, she threatened to bring her school- prefect older sister if I did not accede. I, being the only child in the whole family, no older sibling to offer, confidently retorted that I too would be bringing my Jethu, and she better know he was 6 feet and 4 inches tall!
My Jethu, knowingly or unknowingly was always my savior, my hero!
You will always be remembered and always be missed!
Posted by Yachiyo McLaughlin on March 20, 2021
It’s hard to lose someone who means so much to all of us, and even harder that we couldn’t all be together to say good-bye. 
Tapan was a remarkable Professor, researcher and mentor. He will be deeply missed.
Thinking of you all as you celebrate Tapan’s life.

With warm thoughts and prayers,
Christian Pichot
Yachiyo McLaughlin
Posted by Ari Sihvola on March 18, 2021
Tapan, the eternal wanderer, left lasting traces all over the world.

Tapan visited Finland uncounted times. His intensive short courses in Helsinki University of Technology and Aalto University on various aspects of electromagnetics are unforgettable.

Who would not have been affected by his physical presence, the character and decibels of his voice, his singular personality?

Tapan, we sincerely loved having you here. I trust that the feeling was reciprocal.

Tapan, our friend. We miss you.
his Life
He was the oldest child born to Dr. Sanat Kumar Sarkar and Mrs. Mira Sarkar and was especially close to his grandfather Banshi Dhar Sarkar who was a professor of Physics in St Xavier's College in Kolkata and also a lawyer himself. Jethu always said that his grandfather was the reason he loved Physics and ultimately engineering. He did his schooling in St. Lawrence High School, then IIT Kharagpur, University of New Brunswick, Canada and then Syracuse University. 
He was brilliant, and it showed in his work and his numerous achievements which is there for anybody doing a search of his name on Google, to see. 
However, for me, his visits home in Kolkata meant a bustling house, lots of travel stories, lots and lots of huge bars of chocolate and having family and friends over almost every day that he would be there. Every year I would whisper my deepest wishes in his ear, lest I be scolded for asking him for things which were already vetoed by everyone at home. My first singing doll Nola, my first Barbie doll and immense support from him when brought home my first pet, a young rescued black Alsatian. He was always on my side!
In Syracuse too, he had a very supportive community who became his family, where I was so warmly received. I instantly gained more uncles and aunts because of Jethu, and they were there for him till the very end, when I could not be.
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Shared by FERNANDO SALAZAR PALMA on March 21, 2021
My famiy and I had a special relation with Tapan. It is difficult to explain and summarize it in few words, but I will try.

He was neither my colleague, nor my professor. In fact, I never understood too much of his work. Just as an example, I attended with my family the ceremony where he received his Doctorate Honoris Causa in Madrid. I was translating his speech to my mother, and the only part that I understood, and could translate, was that the most important piece of a cell phone was the antenna. That was all I got.

But there are a lot of things that I undertsand.

When my wife and I went to Syracuse, as I was studying there my Master´s Degree in Public Administration, he helped us with everything we needed. That, I understand and appreciate.

I understand that Tapan was a colleague and close friend of my sister Magdalena. They worked together, wrote together, taught together, traveled together.... They, in fact, shared great part of their lives. Even my mother met him quite often, and liked him a lot.

Tapan often came to my home. He spent some time with us when we were in Brazil and once again in my house in Madrid. He always had a great time with my children. Being so different, I was amazed how much they enjoyed each other. In fact, I believe that my son Carlos is now studying air and space engineering partially due to his influence.

And I do understand that my family and I will miss him a lot. 

Shared by Jawad Siddiqui on March 18, 2021
Prof. Sarkar's passion for humanitarian activities is well known. Here he is seen attending the AP-S SIGHT workshop in CODEC conference, Kolkata 2015 

Egypt 2019

Shared by Jawad Siddiqui on March 18, 2021
A wonderful trip to Cairo Egypt and a day trip to Giza