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Community Pulse - July 22, 2011


Debasis Sen

Debasis Sen(known to his family as Satu), 78, a 35-year resident of Palo Alto, died July 11, 2011, at Stanford Hospital of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was born in Purulia, West Bengal, India in 1932. He graduated from the University of Calcutta in 1954. He moved to London in 1959, sent off in style with a personal letter from the then-President of India Rajendra Prasad. There, he met his wife of 27 years, Jill Otto. They moved to the Bay Area in 1966; to Houston, Texas, in 1970; and back to Palo Alto in 1980.

He worked as a financial analyst, an auditor and in various other capacities at Shell Oil, Sohio, Westinghouse, Lockheed and L-3 Communications. He loved playing tennis, cooking, listening to opera and hiking, and was a passionate supporter of the San Francisco Giants.

He was incredibly generous to those in need, loved ones recalled. He was a loving father and grandfather, and he is sorely missed, family members said.

He is survived by his two daughters, Maya Gillian Sen and Julia Nihar Sen; one grandson; former wife Jill Otto; and son-in-law Dylan Campopiano.

A memorial service has been held. Memorial donations may be made to Doctors without Borders or UNICEF.