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Anjali Pai

Aug 19 1982 - Mar 30 2008

Anjali Pai, age 25, of Plano, Texas, passed away March 30, 2008, in Norman, Oklahoma. Anjali was born August 19, 1982 to Dinesh and Jyotsna (Bhat) Pai. She held Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Music, in addition to a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. Anjali had just completed a second Master’s degree in Western Philosophy at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Anjali had a deep, lifelong passion for education. She loved to learn about anything and everything, from Shakespeare to Japanese culture, Indian classical music to hard rock, Harry Potter to Bhagwad Gita, and all that the world has to offer. She enriched the lives of everyone she knew, whether in person or on the Internet. She had special affection for the more than 200 children whom she tutored with the AVID program in Santa Fe. She thrived on the knowledge that she was making a difference in their lives by igniting a passion for learning. During her short life, Anjali gave her friendship and love to people from all around the world. All of them, and the countless children whose lives she touched, will sorely miss her as a gifted natural teacher. We know Anjali would agree that a scholarship fund to help deserving future educators will be a lasting tribute to her memory. A memorial fund has been set up in Anjali’s name. Donations may be made to St. John’s College – her Alma Mater – at the following address: Anjali Pai Memorial Fund c/o James W. Osterholt Vice President St. John’s College 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca Santa Fe, NM 87505 Anjali is survived by her parents, Dinesh and Jyotsna Pai of Plano, Texas; sister, Tanya Pai, also of Plano; grandfather, Mundashi Nagesh Pai of England; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 4, 2008, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas.
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