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Obituaries- Bhaskar Guha Roy, William S. Tuleen

Bhaskar Guha Roy

Bhaskar Guha Roy G, a PhD candidate in computer science, died on Thursday, March 23 of liver cancer. Guha Roy, who was 29 years old, had battled the disease for 18 months.

A native of the Indian state of Bengal, Guha Roy came to MIT in 1982 after graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology. He received an SM degree in 1985 and was expected to get his PhD within a year. His research on persistent objects for dataflow computing systems was undertaken within the Computation Structures Group of the Laboratory for Computer Science.

Guha Roy underwent three surgeries and a period of chemotherapy but always reacted to periods of "tremendous pain. . . with tremendous courage," according to David E. Culler G, a friend and colleague of his. "From the moment they told him [about the cancer], his reaction was `what are we going to do about it?'," Culler remembered. Even when he knew his cancer was terminal, Guha Roy continued with his work at LCS, not stopping until two weeks before his death. He also avidly pursued his interests in photography, squash, and soccer.

Guha Roy's wife, Marcela Chackal-Roy G, is a graduate student in applied biological sciences and does work in cancer research at Boston Children's Hospital. He is also survived by his parents, brother, and sister in India. Condolences can be sent in the form of charitable contributions to Boston's American Cancer Society, "In memory of Bhaskar Guha Roy." Memorial services will be held at 2:30 pm, Saturday, April 22 at the MIT Chapel.

William S. Tuleen

William S. Tuleen G was killed on Tuesday, March 28, in an automobile accident in Mexico. He was an SM candidate in mechanical engineering, and a native of Bryan, TX.

Tuleen, a graduate of Texas A&M University, originally came to MIT in September 1987 to pursue a degree in the Technology and Policy Program. "He was an interesting guy because he had a student-initiated research grant from NSF [National Science Foundation]," said Woodie C. Flowers SM '73, his thesis advisor. Only a small number of students receive NSF grants for which they themselves are to be responsible. Tuleen's grant enabled him to study the drag forces on swimming animals.

After finishing that study, Tuleen began his research on understanding product design as a corporate strategy. He transferred out of the TPP program and into the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the beginning of this term.

At the time Tuleen applied for the transfer, Flowers went back to look at his letters of recommendation; he remembered them to be extremely strong. Tuleen's thesis "The Strategic Dimension of Design" -- which is finished -- was co-written with Phillippe Chiambaretta SM '89. Flowers was not sure how much coursework Tuleen had left to complete his master's degree.

Tuleen lived at Ashdown House, and was buried at College Station, TX, on Saturday.