Bobby Purkait

Date of Birth

January 10, 1950

Date of Death

April 19, 2016

Bobby Purkait unexpectedly passed away on April 19, 2016. Bobby was born on January 10, 1950, in Kolkata, India.

From an early age it became obvious to his parents and teachers that Bobby had an exceptional intellect and deep concern for others. He completed his early schooling in his native India, earning a B.S. degree from the University of Kolkata, before moving to London and then the U.S. to continue his studies.

Bobby earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of London. He then moved to the U.S. where he earned a M.S. degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from University of New York. Continuing his educational pursuits, Bobby moved West, attending Stanford University, where he completed an executive business program. These educational experiences were the cornerstones of what would become an illustrious career in the research, development and marketing of specialized medical devices, products, technologies and therapies which enhanced and prolonged the lives of many.

Bobby began his career in the medical device industry with Abbott Laboratories as a senior executive for cardiovascular products. In 1986 Bobby joined the team at Mentor Corporation and within two years was promoted to Vice President of Science and Technology. In 1998 Bobby was appointed Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Mentor Corporation where he continued to pioneer new medical technologies and develop new products.

A true entrepreneur with limitless energy, after leaving Mentor Corporation Bobby launched two companies. His long career in product development led to Bobby being granted more than 12 patents for medical devices and material technology.

Bobby’s personal accomplishments were as significant as those of his professional career. He was a devoted father, son, brother, uncle and friend. After marrying Shirley in 1998, Bobby welcomed his son Ryan into the world. There is no doubt that of all of Bobby’s achievements, Ryan was his greatest, and was the joy and the love of his life. It was being a Father and a mentor to Ryan that gave Bobby the most meaning and brought him the most pride. Theirs is a bond that will endure forever.

Bobby will be most remembered for his intelligence, creativity and unconditional love for his son. He was a fierce competitor who enjoyed a good game of tennis and the friendship of both opponents and partners off the court. A very self-disciplined man, he preferred to follow routines that maintained good physical health and hygiene. He enjoyed working out at the local YMCA and found joy, peace and spirituality in attending the Vedanta Temple.

He is survived by his son Ryan and Ryan’s mother, Shirley both of Santa Barbara, four brothers and five sisters, his sister-in-law, Bea Purkait and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rite of passage ceremony was held on April 29th at Welch, Ryce, Haider, for close family members. A big thank you to Hindu Priest Vinod Dave.

A memorial service and celebration of Bobby’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his name to the American Heart Association or the Vedanta Temple, 927 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.


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