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Raj Marphatia
June 17, 1959-May 8, 2020
Palo Alto, California
From Jonathan Wiener
Aug. 27, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of your loss of Raj. I knew him in law school, where he showed a gently understated sharp intellect, and at the same time was utterly generous and kind. One just wanted to bask in his positive outlook. He brought that open warmth to his leadership role as President of the Law Review. One of my favorite memories of being with Raj is that, in my role as chair of the journal's Centennial in the Spring of 1987, we commissioned a fantastic huge cake in the shape of the building that housed the Law Review, named Gannett House. We were delighted that the cake maker had carefully included tiny details, like the phone by the front door and the bicycle rack in front. (I have uploaded a photo of Raj and me with the cake.) Later we served the cake at the Centennial banquet. I regret that after law school I did not have contact with Raj for too many years. Then in late 2013 I saw the obituary of his wife in the NY Times. I was so sorry for this loss. My mother had died suddenly at age 48 (when I was 14 and my sister was 6). My mother was also a psychologist. I wrote to Raj in November 2013 to send him my condolences, and to say that, even though she was gone, I knew that my mother's gifts and her love were still with me, and I hoped that Raj and his children would share this kind of solace. Raj replied so kindly. We hoped to see each other in person soon. Now may I offer the same thought -- that Raj's gifts and love will live on in his family and friends. With my deepest sympathies and best wishes, Jonathan (Jonathan B. Wiener, HLS '87)

From paul newton
May 28, 2020

I have wonderful memories of Raj from Harvard. He was such a sweet and caring guy and always always seemed to have other people's backs, always willing to help cram for an exam, always the first in line to help others. I haven't seen him in 40 years, and it is funny what sticks in your mind about people. I didn't know of his accomplishments after college as we lost touch, but I will always remember his smile and his attitude towards life and his compassion towards others. His family is very lucky to have known this special special man.

From Jim McDonough
May 19, 2020

I went to grad school with Raj at Northeastern and he stayed at my house on Martha's Vineyard after we graduated in 1982. Kind, friendly and compassionate, he was very special and one of the smartest persons I have ever known. I recall studying for the CPA exam (a 20 hour test) with him and another colleague and Raj just knew the content cold with no apparent effort. Amazing intellect. It was a privilege to have known him. My sincerest condolences to his family.

From Anjai Gandhi
May 17, 2020

I want to honor my uncle Raj Marphatia who passed away last week far too early (age 60) from cancer. One of the most amazing human beings to grace this planet. Raj inspired me on many levels: - High degree of academic and professional success from working hard and having a high EQ - Exceptional humility and kindness that he showed everyone - Resilience and grace in his wife's passing 7 years ago at age 54 - Setting an amazing example for his daughters to not be victims and inspiring them to live their lives when they lost their Mom - Courage and spirit that he showed as he fought his illness


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