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Shama Gamkhar

Shama Gamkhar Graduate Fellowship:

As a fitting way to honor her legacy and memory, the LBJ School seeks to raise funds to establish an endowed graduate fellowship in Shama Gamkhar's name. To make a one-time gift online to this fellowship endowment visit www.utexas.edu/lbj/shamagamkhar.

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Inspirational

I only had one class with Professor Gamkhar at the LBJ school (Environmental Economics) but it stood out as perhaps the most useful and inspirational course I took at UT. Even now, more than a decade after I took the class, I fondly recall the engaging discussions we had in class and all the nuggets of insight and knowledge I took away from her course which have served me well in my career. She was an extremely dedicated and knowlegeable professor with a kind and nurturing approach that I really appreciated as a student. I was deeply saddened to read the news of her passing. She will be sorely missed.

In Memoriam

Thank you, Shama, for being a fabulous advisor and wonderful person. You will be missed.

Prayers

My hearts and thoughts are with their families, and of course, the students and staff of LBJ who have lost such a fine colleague.

I am lost

I didn't get to know Shama the way I had wanted, I started working closely with her in the last six months of her life. In that brief time I discovered a kind and very thoughtful person. Shama gave me more than just advice, I found in her a mentor, an example to follow and now she is gone and I am lost. Roger Miranda

Thanks for all you've done

Shama simply had a kind heart and a gift to be a professor who really did care for her student's education. Her passion for teaching and her friendship will be missed. Thanks Shama for all you did for me and others at the LBJ School.

Thankful

Dr. Gamkhar was a great soul and demanded much from her students because she cared. For that, I'm forever grateful. Rest in peace.

What sad news

The news of Professor Gamkhar's passing took my breath away. Her passion for teaching was evident to anyone who took a class with her. I took her PFM class in the spring of 1998. During that semester she never hesitated to spend a few minutes with me after class to make sure I understood the material. I am so grateful for everything I learned from her and for the time we had to get to know each other. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and for the entire LBJ School community.

A great loss for our LBJ Community

It was with shock and a sense of disbelief that the staff at LBJ found out about Shama's passing yesterday. I first met Shama about a year ago when I began working at the LBJ School. She was one of the first faculty members to come to my office and say hello and has been unfailingly kind to me every since. Shama was one of those rare human beings that genuinely wanted to know your story and was always caring and kind to everyone, no matter their station in life. Shama exemplified the best characteristics of a university professor and a human being and we will miss her great sense of humor and her loving smile and caring presence.

A Wonderful Person

I enjoyed Ms. Gamkhar's class and conversation as student in 2005. She made an impression on me as a kind, intellgent, and scholarly person. I am truly saddended to hear of this news. I send my best to her family and friends.

Sad News

I was very sad to hear this news. Professor Gamkhar was a gentle spirit and will be missed.

A welcoming friend and colleague

Shama was one of the most welcoming, generous, and friendly colleagues for me and other newcomers to LBJ. She always greeted people with a smile in the hallway and a sincere inquiry about research, family, and life in general. She shared her experiences and insights on many issues with openness and engagement. She always wanted to hear what other people thought. I cannot believe she is gone. I will miss her as I walk the hallways of LBJ, attend meetings, and talk with students. Shama was part of the soul of the LBJ School. Her memory will be a model and a blessing for us all.

A friend lost

It was shocking to get the news of Shama's death. I had just met her in Austin in spring after over 30 years and always remembered her smiling face. She was one of the smartest students in college and carried her intellectual curiosity through life to become a revered professor at UT. We were all so happy for her when she met Sid. What a tragic end for two wonderful people. Will miss her and never be able to fulfill our promise to get together in Atlanta.

I got to know Shama due to

I got to know Shama due to our mutual research interests and our connection to the LBJ School. She was an excellent researcher: thorough, incisive and articulate. More importantly, she was a warm, kind person. I will miss her greatly. John Bartle '83

Great loss

Shama was one of the most energetic and friendly colleagues around at LBJ and I am still in utter disbelief that she has left us. Not long after my wife and I arrived in Austin, we had the tremendous pleasure of joining Shama and Sid at their wedding reception. She was so happy and joyful. It was delight to see her. Her smiling face and comforting style was calming to younger faculty like myself. But above all her enthusiasm for and interest in student learning and development really set her apart. During the last few months she had been pouring immense amount of energy and thought into her new policy research project--with infectious enthusiasm. Her loss is a terrible blow to all, especially to us in the LBJ Community. Her thoughts shall always be with us and her smiling face will guide us to keep striving. With deepest condolences to her and Sid's family.

Remembering Shama

Shama was one of the kindest, most encouraging and diligent professors I had. We shared the same table on the new-coming students reception and she has been a great support toward my life and career since then. We enjoyed a wondering afternoon in her house last winter with all her love and hospitality. The days won't come back, but she has been a precious gift for everyone. Shama was a mentor, a model and an endearing friend to be remembered forever.

A Lovely Lady

Prof. Gamkhar was a fine teacher and an even finer human being.

A wonderful person, such a big loss

Such sad and devastating news. Sadly I had not visited with Shama in many years. Yet her smile and her enthusiastic approach remain such vivid memories for me. She was a new professor at LBJ in 1997 and I remember how hard she worked to structure her courses and help students. When I was a TA, she treated me as an equal partner and sought input from me. It was such an inspiring and refreshing approach, one that instilled confidence to do well and work hard. My prayers are with her and her husband’s family and friends.

A great loss

Shama was not only a reader of my PR - but a friend and a guide, always supportive and caring. One of my most cherished memories of my time in Austin was a long walk with her in Zilker Park one cold morning in February 2004 when the city had woken up to unseasonal snow. Unfortunate that someone as fit as she was should go in such an untimely way. As a teacher, she touched many lives and I'm sure the body of work she leaves behind will continue to benefit many more students. But she will be missed, not only at LBJ but by all who knew her.

A very kind person, and a great professor!

Such sad news! I had the pleasure of taking a Carbon Finance class with Dr. Gamkhar in Spring 2011. She was a great teacher, and a wonderful person. I wasn't in the LBJ school, but she even took time to meet with me a year after I took the class. I will remember her fondly as one of the best professors I had at UT.

Shock and sadness.

I always appreciated Professor Gamkhar's dry sense of humor and how she was so willing to help. Public finance mystified me at first, but she was so patient in explaining. Definitely a loss for the LBJ community.

Professor Gamkhar

I first met Professor Gamkhar as her student in a course, State and Local Public Finance, that I sort of took a flyer on my second year at LBJ due to little more than a bit of academic curiosity. Not one for the spotlight herself as a professor, she always seemed to bring the material to life through prodding her students to think critically and voice their own opinions on topics. Her teaching style and presentation of the material really got me engaged in municipal finance issues. Without her influence, I'm sure I never would have ended up in the job I'm currently in post-LBJ. In addition to her strengths as an educator, she always seemed genuinely supportive of her students, always with a smile on her face whenever I bumped into her at events or in passing outside the classroom. She will be dearly missed and remembered fondly.

LBJ loses an wonderful teacher

Professor Gamkhar was an awesome teacher of public finance. I took her PFM and State and Local Public Finance courses and learned so much. What I learned in her classes I teach in my own classes. I met her only four months ago when I visted the LBJ School two years after graduated. She remembered me and took an hour out of her busy day near finals to talk with me. I had hoped to work with her more in the future. I'm very sad about her passing.

Prayers

Very sad to hear. Thoughts and prayers for them , their families, current and former students and colleagues

Prayers

Prayers said for them and everyone affected by the tragic loss

I will miss her encouraging smile

Dr. Gamkhar was born to be a teacher and her enthusiasm for her course material was infectious. Rushing through the LBJ halls, she always had a ready smile. I will remember her for her constant encouragement and unfailing happy spirit. She will be sorely missed!

Remembering Shama

Shama was one of the kindest, most encouraging and diligent professors I had. We shared the same table on the new-coming students reception and she has been a great support toward my life and career since then. We enjoyed a wondering afternoon in her house last winter with all her love and hospitality. The days won't come back, but she has been a precious gift for everyone. Shama was a mentor, a model and an endearing friend to be remembered forever.

Great professor and woman

I took PFM with Professor Gamkhar in the LBJ school in fall 2001 and I enjoyed it a lot. Afterwards, she was one of my PR readers and was very encouraging, supportive, patient and kind in all respects. She was a great professor and woman, and she was part of why my LBJ experience was so interest and rewarding and such a wonderful time!!! I always remember her very fondly. She really carried out her mission as a professor, a word which is full of meaning!!! I am deeply sorry of her passing: It is a not a surprise that many others will miss her. My sympathy to her family and to the LBJ school people

Shama

I was a staff member in OSAP when Shama came to the LBJ School as an assistant professor. She made no distinction between faculty and staff, and I liked her immensely. She was warm, friendly, intelligent and caring. Many students told me of her uncommon teaching ability. I remember when she bought her first home, when her father died and when her mother came to stay. Shama was an important part of the LBJ School, and we all loved her. I will miss her profoundly and am privileged to have known her.

Sorrow for a wonderful lady

The Dr. Shama Gamkhar that I knew was a demanding but warm-hearted professor who truly cared about her students. She pushed us in class, she welcomed us into her home for dinner and conversations, and she made us feel welcome as part of a community of scholars in Austin. I am fortunate to have taken two of her classes, Environmental Economics and Public Financial Management, and I feel deep sorrow over her untimely passing. She was loved and respected by her students, and I will remember her example as I work on my own doctorate. I offer this advice to current students at the LBJ School: Value the time that you are given with your favorite professors. Do not take what they add to your lives for granted. Better yet, let them know that you appreciate them.

A Caring Person who Worked Hard

I only got to know Shama this year and I am glad I did. She was not only a generous soul, but an encouraging mentor. When I felt worried/down/annoyed about my professional situation she always taught me to chin up and hold my confidence. She told me never to push myself down or be hard on myself, but to learn from my mistakes. She reminded me how important it is to work hard, and how the first few years of career are the toughest. She clearly speaks from her own experiences. I admire them deeply, and I am so sorry your life was cut so short so tragically. Rest in Peace, Shama. You will always be remembered.

A terrible loss

Shama was a lovely person to know - I will miss her very much. She was co-chair of my dissertation committee and I worked with her on a number of research projects over the last few years - in the process she became probably my best friend in Austin. I will also miss Sid, her husband - a warm, friendly and tolerant man. They were only married for about three years and spent far too much of that time apart - Shama in Austin and Sid tied to his job in Atlanta. Both were wonderful people, and Shama is a real loss to the LBJ School.

I remember Professor

I remember Professor Gamkhar's enthusiasm about her students, the process of forming ideas and depth of discussions in her courses. She was/is an inspiration to celebrate the strength of women and incredible minds in policy. Blessings all touched by her life.

I remember Professor

I remember Professor Gamkhar's enthusiasm about her students, the process of forming ideas and depth of discussions in her courses. She was/is an inspiration to celebrate the strength of women and incredible minds in policy. Blessings all touched by her life.

In memoriam

Very sad to hear the news. My sincere condolences to Prof Gamkhar's family, friends, and students.

One of the nicest, most considerate people I have ever met...

...she will be greatly missed by all her friends and colleagues at the LBJ School. Ken Flamm

It was a terrible shock to

It was a terrible shock to hear about Shama's death. She was co-chair of my dissertation committee and I worked with her on research projects over the last few years. In the process she became my best friend in Austin - I will really miss her. Also Sid, her husband, who was a warm, calm and tolerant man. They married only about three years ago and spent far too much of their married life apart - Shama was tied to Austin and Sid to his work in Atlanta. Both were wonderful people, and Shama is a great loss to the LBJ School.

Thank you and condolences

While doing my internship last summer, I had to interpret financial documents for multiple cities. Because I knew her from class, I emailed Professor Gamkhar for help. She gave me with a kind, lengthy, and very helpful response. It was above and beyond what she needed to do for a student in the middle of the summer. I remember her very fondly and send my deepest condolences to her family.

I met Shama Gamkhar at an

I met Shama Gamkhar at an event held for the 30th anniversary of the LBJ School back in 2002. I was an alumni then, and so never had the privilege of having her as a professor. She was the soul of kindness and generosity, offering to help me in any way she could (I was job hunting and looking into possible doctoral programs at the time). I did not keep in touch over the years, but never forgot her kindness. I am so saddened to hear of her untimely passing. Wherever she is, may she know how much she has meant to so many and may her family take comfort in that.

My husband and I met in

My husband and I met in Professor Gamkhar's Enviornmental Economics class in 1998. I don't know that we would have connected if not for that small class--which we both loved. Shama was invited to our wedding and we both kept in touch with her for several years after graduating. She was such a kind and encouraging spirit. What a tremendous loss.

Saddened

Professor Gamkhar was a warm and welcoming person who genuinely cared about her students and their learning. This past February she hosted the LBJ international student potluck at her home and shared her delicious Indian cooking with us. I was touched by her generosity to open her home, and feel fortunate to have that memory.

Remembering a friend

At this point I am trying as hard as I can not to ask the question why, the question that comes almost instinctively to our minds when tragedy strikes, as I want to celebrate the life of one remarkable person, Shama Gamkhar. Over the past several years I had the good fortune of working with Professor Gamkhar as her teaching assistant in Public Financial Management course. During that time I witnessed how committed she was to the course, and I observed her constant aspiration of making it better and more useful for every successive cohort of LBJ School students. In fact, I am certain she was one of professors, not only at the LBJ School, but across the University, most appreciative and receptive of student feedback, always ready to make changes that would make it easier for students to learn sometimes difficult economic and financial concepts even if it required a considerable commitment of her time that she could have otherwise spent focusing on her research. Professor Gamkhar was always ready to go that extra mile for her students and this says a lot about her character, well beyond the professional domain. She was kind, caring, and generous person. While most of our interactions focused on the course and the progress students made or occasional problems they encountered, Professor Gamkhar never failed to ask me about my progress with the dissertation research and my career plans as well as to share with me her advice. Moreover, few months ago when I graduated, Professor Gamkhar was there, happy and smiling, enjoying my success almost as though she was my dissertation chair, when in reality she was not even a member of my dissertation committee. But she was Shama Gamkhar, a wonderful person and, if I may say, my friend. Dear Shama, you have touched in various ways the lives of so many in the LBJ community and helped us all to be at least a bit better persons than we would have been otherwise. Thank you and rest in peace.

She was wonderful

This is a great loss. Dr. Gamkhar was a brilliant, kind, and generous person. She was a wonderful mentor who guided me through the professional report process in my last semester. What I enjoyed best about our meetings was having the opportunity to share everything else besides my PR. She wanted to know my interests, what else I was working on, and what my future plans were. That's just who she was. Dr. Gamkhar cared about you as a whole person and not just as a researcher or student. I wish I could have spent more time with her.

Terrible Loss

This is very tragic and a terrible loss to the LBJ community. I took Ms. Gamkhar's PFM class in 2007 and she was a fantastic teacher! She was patient with her students and she demystified the subject for me. I will miss her dearly. Hope her soul rests in peace.

Warmth, wisdom, sincerity and kindness

Shama was one of Gary's and my dearest friends at the LBJ School, and she simply lit up a room with her warmth, sincerity and kindness. She was wise and funny and completely endearing. She was one of a kind. What a terrible loss for the LBJ School, for her students and those won't get the chance to know her. I'm so, so sorry, Shama, and I will miss you. I know that Gary sends his love and his blessing, dearest one.

We will miss Shama

Shama was a truly wonderful teacher and person, deeply engaged with her students and colleagues. She was extremely patient, but set high expectations for her students. I took her PFM class and had the privilege have having her as a reader for my PR last fall. And through that process, she became a friend. She was a thoughtful, caring and accomplished lady whose warm personality and soothing demeanor naturally drew everyone in. I’ll miss seeing her face in the halls and chatting with her over a cup of tea in her office. She will be greatly missed. My prayers and condolences go out to her family and friends.

Shama was a truly wonderful

Shama was a truly wonderful teacher and person, deeply engaged with her students and colleagues. She was extremely patient, but set high expectations for her students. I took her PFM class and had the privilege have having her as a reader for my PR last fall. And through that process, she became a friend. She was a thoughtful, caring and accomplished lady whose warm personality and soothing demeanor naturally drew everyone in. I’ll miss seeing her face in the halls and chatting with her over a cup of tea in her office. She will be greatly missed. My prayers and condolences go out to her family and friends.

In honor and memory

Shama Gamkhar was my first economics professor, the best guide I could have asked for into the land of supply and demand, maximum utility and dead weight loss. It was the fall of 1998. These 15 years later, I use the concepts she taught me every day, remembering how much better things would be if we could actually find the right equilibrium. I was shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. I will remember her always, and hopefully not mangle the things she taught me too badly. We are all the worse off for losing her so soon.

In honor and memory

Shama Gamkhar was my first economics professor, the best guide I could have asked for into the land of supply and demand, maximum utility and dead weight loss. It was the fall of 1998. These 15 years later, I use the concepts she taught me every day, remembering how much better things would be if we could actually find the right equilibrium. I was shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. I will remember her always, and hopefully not mangle the things she taught me too badly. We are all the worse off for losing her so soon.

We will miss Shama

Shama was a truly wonderful teacher and person, deeply engaged with her students and colleagues. She was extremely patient, but set high expectations for her students. I took her PFM class and had the privilege have having her as a reader for my PR last fall. And it was through that process that she became a friend. She was a thoughtful, caring and accomplished lady whose warm personality and soothing demeanor naturally drew everyone in. I’ll miss seeing her face in the halls and chatting with her over a cup of tea in her office. She will be greatly missed. My prayers and condolences go out to her family and friends.

Remembered Fondly

Shama’s course on financial management was among my favorites at the LBJ School. I greatly admired and appreciated her approach to teaching the material. She was a lovely person whose commitment to the course and her students was evident inside and outside the classroom. She will be greatly missed.