Rabindranath “Raba” B. Gunasekara, died of a heart attack 3 August 2003, during a visit to his hometown of Colombo, Sri Lanka. A geography doctoral student and campus opportunities development officer at University of California, Davis, he was forty-three.
Raba earned his bachelor’s in international relations and master’s in history from UC-Davis. From 1995 until 2001 he worked as program coordinator at the Center for South Asia Studies at University of California, Berkeley before returning to UC-Davis. At Davis, he was studied geography as a doctoral student under the supervision of Janet Momsen and also worked full-time for the office of Outreach and International Programs. He was travelling in Asia working on his dissertation at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife Niromi, daughters Natasha and Alexandra, parents Valentine and Ranee, and seven siblings.
Rabindranath Gunasekara (Necrology). 2004. AAG Newsletter 39(2): 17.