RAVI GANESAN
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GANESAN--Ravi. The world lost a brilliant mind, generous heart and joyous spirit on November 13, 2020 when Ravi Ganesan passed away in San Diego. Born in Mumbai, India in 1966, he immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, after receiving his Bachelor's degree from Anna University with a fellowship for his Master's degree at University of Maryland, Baltimore. He finished his Ph.D. in Cryptography from Johns Hopkins University. Ravi was a prolific inventor with over 83 granted US patents and 62 pending patents in the areas of payments and cybersecurity. He saw tremendous professional success as a result of his novel ideas, dedication to building great teams, and lifelong friendships with colleagues. These included leading the architecture of the Genesis bill pay system that is still in production use more than two decades later, and several successful startups in cyber security. Ravi was a visionary thinker with a sparkling wit and sense of humor, the kind of person who made every conversation memorable and lively. He loved singing, playing the guitar and recorded his own music. He was always ready for a game of chess, a debate on physics, deep spiritual conversations, or organizing a great surprise party. He is survived by heartbroken family and dear friends; he joins his father, Natesan Ganesan, and his beloved dog, Scamp, in heaven.


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Published in New York Times on Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 27, 2020
Came to know Ravi in college and some more in post-college years.

Shocked and sad that such an incredibly bright, infectiously cheerful, brilliantly cogent and genuinely caring star passed away from this world so early! Will cherish my deep discussion spurts with him on profound subjects (Music, Vedanta) down to tactical topics (securing systems from hackers) and things in between. He had so much more to offer to the professional world at large and to every human he interacted with. His exceptional and effortless intelligence generously sprinkled with a natural sense of humor, is irreplaceable and a huge loss to this material world!

Heartfelt condolences and prayers for his family! May God give them ample strength and fortitude to cope with the untimely demise of this genial genius!

RIP Ravi.
Malar Lakshmanan
Classmate
November 27, 2020
Ravi was brilliant and an outlier in our already very smart Computer Science class at CEG, Guindy.
Many of us were in awe of him.
His professional achievements are awesome.
I am thankful for the few brief interactions I had with him in college where I could clearly see he would stand apart.
Did not expect him to be different by passing away so soon!
Padmavathy Krishnan
Classmate
November 26, 2020
Your charming smile, instantaneous wit and captivating presence are unforgettable. I have admired your gifted intelligence and your accomplishments over the last three decades with the pride and joy of an older sibling. I will miss you goading me along multiple aspects of my life – from teaching me to drive a car in Chennai when we first met to persuading me to get a trainer and get fit more recently.
Playing chess with you was a delight; I will never forget the lesson you taught me “never snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” when I forgot to leave my queen protected! I feel immeasurably blessed to have had a brother-in-law who was my little brother, my coach, a chess companion and a philosopher.
I will miss our conversations, intellectual parleys and all the times we spent. You and your influence will be a part of me forever. Peace be with you always.
Satish
Family
November 26, 2020
Thank you Ravi my beloved baby brother for all the joys, laughter and debates, all that helped us grow and carve out our inextricably linked yet independent paths in life. Ravi, short as your life has been your footprint has been enormous in all that you gave, cherished and achieved. Your captivating wit, boundless wisdom and deliberated opinions will be missed by all. As I stand witness to your life and accomplishments my heart fills both with pride and intense sadness that it ended so soon. Ravi, life without you is unimaginable but as I continue my journey of life, I know you will continue to be there with me through all the joys, laughter and debates. Rest in peace my dear dear brother Ravi.
Usha Satish
Sister
November 26, 2020
I heard with great sadness the passing away of Ravi
Please accept my condolences and padmini’s condolences
I was shocked by the news that a brilliant person with many talents passed away
I recalled times I spent in New Delhi with him and time I spent in 1984
He had many questions regarding higher studies in u.s
I also recall meeting meena chithi in matunga house near sies school before he was born and meeting meena’s in laws

May god bless his soul and may he be in heaven
Respectfully
Ram Kumar and padmini
S ram kumar
Family
November 26, 2020
Ravi was a quiet thinker in the college and board. I remember his deep conversations with the physics professor .
Malar Selvan
Classmate
November 26, 2020
I have some fond memories of Ravi when we were batch mates in CEG, Madras.

Honestly more than the lectures that I was attending, I would wait for Ravi to pose his questions to our Professors to stump them- I do feel that some of the faculty members started getting a bit scared of his questions and questioning.

His understanding of complex topics was simply brilliant and he was always ahead of the class and a thorough gentleman always ready to help and give his inputs when needed.

It is a sad loss and a young life taken away.
I pray to God to give strength to his family to cherish the beautiful life and memories left behind by him.
Have no doubts that the brightest star shining from above is Ravi indeed.
Neeraj Soni
Classmate
November 26, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
E Arivunidhi
Friend
November 26, 2020
It is hard to believe that Ravi is no longer with us. I recall him scribbling in my 1984 yearbook “see you at the apex” (he had the worst spidery slanted handwriting). His keen intellect and command of English lacerated many fellow Columbans. For those of us fortunate to be in his inner orbit, his playfulness still resonates. I never did get a chance to catch up in recent years (how many other orbits did he create?) and celebrate how that very playfulness shaped his destiny as an inventor, serial entrepreneur and musician. What that apex meant to him. That will forever remain my loss.
Ajay Agrawal
Friend
November 26, 2020
I knew Ravi in school. A brilliant mind within the body of a gawky schoolkid. He really grew up into a handsome man. I remember particularly his singular style in his debates, and am sharing a photograph of his from the school magazine. I lost touch with Ravi, but I am really proud of all his achievements in his too short a life. Rest in power Ravi!
Joseph Mathai
Classmate
November 25, 2020
I had the pleasure of being his classmate and friend during the first year of Engineering at Anna University. His major challenge was communicating in Tamil especially while commuting and I would be his translator. Never had a dull moment with Ravi in the class as he challenged every lecturer and professor and often times he was right. Can’t forget his friendly smile and small talks during his cigarette breaks. His classmates came to respect his intellect and I was one of them. Very unfortunate that I didn’t stay in touch with him after our graduation. He will certainly be missed.
Jamal Mohamed
Classmate
November 25, 2020
Oh God. Can't believe Ravi is not with us. We were room mates in college hostel. He was a very kind hearted genuine person with a brilliant mind. Was so helpful and caring.
Though we lost touch after he moved to US, we got back in touch few years ago and he told me to visit him when I go to US next.
My heartfelt condolences to his family.
May his Soul Rest in Peace.
Balachandran Manikkath
Friend
November 25, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. RIP Ravi.
Prabhu Natarajan
Classmate
November 25, 2020
Really shocked on this sad news. We lost a classmate and world lost a visionary. May your soul Rest In Peace.
Suvendu
Classmate
November 25, 2020
Ravi was my classmate in the 85-89 Comp Sci batch. I remember him so well for his questions that always unsettled the lecturers. We spent time together away from campus at various cultural festivals, while he made fun of my Mallu accent he also admired my quizzing skills, for what they were worth, and coming from him it was high praise. RIP
Anand Mahadevan (M Anand)
Classmate
November 25, 2020
Ravi, you were one of the most brilliant classmates of mine at college. I am so privileged to be in the same class as you. You compiled our year book with pithy comments about everyone. Really a great loss to the entire computer science community. Will miss you for sure.
Poppy Javid
Classmate
November 24, 2020
There is a very specific relationship between a planet and a star. Since 5th grade, Ravi was one of the gravitational forces in my life. He taught me how to think, how to read, how to be free of conventions and follow my own true north. I'm so grateful that we reconnected a few years ago, that he met my children and spoke with them. In a class that was brimming over with brilliance, Ravi stood alone. He is still here for me, in my heart, my brain and occasionally, in my sense of humor. Ravi, I want you to know how much you were loved, respected, admired. I love you, and will always be your friend and humble student. Strum on, brother.
Benny Thomas
Friend
November 24, 2020
Benny Thomas
Friend
November 23, 2020
Going to miss you brother, thanks for all the memories from Nizammudin
David Corry
Friend
November 22, 2020
A one-of-a-kind man and one that I have known for a long time. Memories and images in the mind’s eye take me back many many happy years. I can’t find the words to describe the sadness that I feel. However, I believe that Ravi is in the best and sweetest of peace now. A peace that he totally deserves.
Karuna
Family
November 22, 2020
Deeply shocked by sad news. He was two years my junior in high school and an active member of a student environmental group in Delhi. Recall his energy and sense of humour and deep passion for the environment. Ravi remains fresh in memory though we went separate ways as post school took us to different places. Deeply saddened to hear of this. His smile seemed unchanged in the NYT photo. May his.sould rest peace and the grieving find solace in his memory and remarkable legacy.
Mahesh Rangarajan
Friend
November 22, 2020
Sorry to hear about Ravi. He was in my brother's graduating class from St. Columba's High School in New Delhi. I was a year junior, but I do remember his smile, laugh, and intellectual aptitude that came through in his passionate debates and arguments. I wish I knew him in his later years. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and close friends. May the peace of God comfort and keep you in this season.
Uday Balasundaram
Acquaintance
November 22, 2020
For Ever in our hearts
Saraswathi Srikanth
Family
November 22, 2020
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November 22, 2020
Remembering my cousin Ravi as a ten year old boy ,when he used to come to our house in New Delhi.He was always bubbly and full of energy and even at that tender age showed sparks of brilliance .We used to have friendly arguments on different subjects and Ravi was always the winner and went on to be a debater in school and college winning all the way ,and a brilliant shining carrier .He is a shining star and his going away has created a vacuum in our family that can never be filled.You will always live in our hearts .Love you .RIP
Sarasa
Sarasa
November 22, 2020
Ravi will be missed. An empathetic person, supportive of people in difficulty. He was one of the rare types who would rescue an earthworm that has wandered away on the sidewalk by gently placing it back near a bush.
Vikram
Friend
November 22, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Nagamani
Family
November 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Michael D’lima
Classmate
November 22, 2020
RIP Ravi. You were taken from us too soon. May God bless your family in this time of sorrow.
Ambika Sundaresan
Friend
November 22, 2020
Blessed the world with your abilities. You are missed by family and friends. Peace to you.
Anand Kumar
Family
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