Passed away peacefully at home in Santa Rosa on July 22, 2014 after a lengthy struggle with frontotemporal dementia. Born November 15, 1925 in Dhanda, Punjab, India. Educated in civil engineering in Lahore, India (now Pakistan). Emigrated to the United States in 1946, obtaining master's degrees from Brooklyn Polytechnic and Harvard University, and became a proud naturalized citizen in 1959. Employed at International Engineering Company (IECO) in San Francisco for 30 years, including serving as Chief Engineer on New Bullards Bar Dam in Yuba County and later as General Coordinator on the Itaipu Hydroelectric Project in Brazil, residing in Rio de Janeiro for six years. After returning to the US, he served as Senior Vice President at IECO for several years before retirement, then continued working privately into his eighties, consulting on numerous international hydroelectric projects including Three Gorges Dam in China. Gummie valued family, education, and hard work, and was proud of his many accomplishments. An avid hunter, gardener, and golfer who spoke several languages fluently and enjoyed traveling the world for both business and pleasure. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Harriet; daughter Sohni Yaylian, son-in-law Gregg, grandsons Riley and Noah; daughter Nikki Erickson, son-in-law Dave, granddaughters Maya and Jessica. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Gurmukh (Gummie) Sarkaria to Brain Support Network at www.brainsupportnetwork.org/#donate (PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026) or Brain & Behavior Research Foundation at www.bbrfoundation.org (90 Park Ave, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10016-1301). We are grateful to Heartland Hospice and the staff of Oakmont Gardens for their concern and loving care of Gummie in his final days. No services will be held. Parent-Sorenson Mortuary, Petaluma.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 31 to Aug. 4, 2014