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Rajkumar Bhatia

1945 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Rajkumar "Raj" P. Bhatia, 68, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, in Arlington Service: 11 a.m. Saturday in Moore Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will be at 1 p.m. at Moore Crematory. Raj was born Oct. 12, 1945, in Karachi, Pakistan, to Pahlajrai and Parmeshwari Bhatia. In Mumbai, Raj attended K.D. Hinduja High School and Kishinchand Chellaram (K.C.) College. He earned his bachelor of science at Manipal University. He emigrated from India to Philadelphia, Pa., and attended Temple University, where he earned his master of science in 1975. In 1976, he received his Ph.D. in pharmacology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Raj dedicated his career to the scientific advancement of eye care. He led pharmaceutical innovations that resulted in more than 35 patents and eye care products that have been used by millions of people across the world during his 33 years as a research and development scientist at Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth. He married the love of his life, Bhagwanti "Bharti" Tekchandani, on Jan. 2, 1977, in Mumbai, India. They moved to Arlington in 1978 where they laid down roots to start their family. Raj was preceded in death by his parents; his two elder brothers, Balram P. Bhatia and Shyam P. Bhatia; his younger brother, Ashok P. Bhatia; and his younger sister, Ratna S. Bhatia. Survivors: His beloved wife of 37 years, Bharti Bhatia of Arlington; his eldest son, Rajiv Bhatia and his wife, Reena, of San Francisco, Calif.; his daughter, Shimona Thakrar and her husband, Anand, of Washington, D.C.; his youngest son, Rahul Bhatia of Arlington; his eldest sister, Shobha Radhakrishnani of Mumbai, India; and his cherished granddaughters, Maya and Divya Bhatia of San Francisco, Calif.
Published in Star-Telegram on May 23, 2014
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