Sabinsa Corporation has lost a good friend, mentor and one of the primary people responsible for Sabinsa’s portfolio of health-enhancing ingredients with the death of Dr. Rajinder K. Bammi on December 15, 2012 in Bangalore, India. He was surrounded by his family and close friends, and leaves behind his wife Doris, daughters Asha, Pamela and Reena, and four grandchildren.
Born on May 1, 1937, Dr. Bammi graduated from the University of Delhi with a BSc (honors), MS in genetics from the University of Toronto, and PhD in Genetics from the University of California. He did Post Doctoral work on a National Science Foundation Scholarship with Dr. Charles Burnham.
Dr. Bammi has been an integral part of the Sabinsa and Sami Labs group of companies since the earliest days. He was President of Sabinsa R&D in New Jersey from 1997 until 1999, at which time he became Director / President of Sami Labs in Bangalore. In 2007 he was elevated to Chairman, a position he held until his passing.
“My dear friend and colleague played a major role in the growth of Sabinsa and Sami Labs,” said company founder Dr. Muhammed Majeed. “He made innumerable contributions in the growth of the company and was an integral part of the R&D efforts upon which our success is based. We will all miss him enormously.”
Dr. Bammi acted as a mentor to many people at Sabinsa through the years, and was known to gently remind people to “try not to fail, but don’t fail to try” and “common sense is not so common.” He was a strong advocate for quality, research, science, and clinical studies. Even Sabinsa’s brightest scientists defaulted to Dr. Bammi and his way of doing things, not because he was smarter than the next guy, but simply because he always advocated the right thing to do. He was universally thought of as the kindest and most gracious of men.
“I personally learned a great deal from Dr. Bammi,” said Shaheen Majeed, Sabinsa Marketing Director. “I was certainly privileged to know him and to work with him. He showed great brilliance, he was a true family man, he was compassionate and loving, and it is those cherished memories I will take forward with me. I request that all of you, take some time to reflect, you may have some memories of your own with Dr. Bammi, at the very least, cherish your loved ones - there is no better time than now.”
Dr. Bammi also served proudly as the President of a non-profit group headquartered in Bangalore which he also founded called Parivarthan, offering counseling, training and workshops for individuals and families, ranging from career counseling to family counseling and even support groups for personal growth.