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Muhammad Reza-Ul (Raj) Karim

November 01, 1937 - October 08, 2021

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Muhammad Reza-ul (Raj) Karim, 83, Duluth, MN, died on Friday, October 8th, 2021, in Solvay Hospice House, Duluth, MN.   Raj was born in Noakhali, Bangladesh on November 1st, 1937 to Sikander and Mani (Begum) Karim. He received his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Microbiology from the University of Karachi, Pakistan in 1962. Raj came to the United States as an exile, where he had been arrested at a student protest against the...  see more
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  • Randall Hicks
    I worked with Raj as a colleague for over two decades at UMD. He was my good friend. His warmth and willingness to help his coworkers and students was always present. He often urged my graduate students to greater achievements. Raj always had something...  more
  • Bjarte Haram
    Raj instilled the value of life-long learning in me by emphasizing the importance of knowing the fundamentals. When he talked about his research on Herpes simplex, he explained how his discovery was made possible by his prior learning, or in his words,...  more
  • Carrie Sutherland
    I will miss Raj's beaming smile and being introduced as "my friend". His passion for science education was evident every time I spoke with him and his compassion and kindness for his students was extraordinary.
  • Maryam Becker
    Hello all! Sending along the invite that Ayesha created for Dad's Celebration of Life. We hope to see you there. Take care!
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  • Nicholas Lamon
    Raj was such a kind man. He always looked out for students that might need his extra help. He also made me feel very at home when I started working at UMD as our offices were next to each other. He'd frequently make me leave my office to eat lunch with...  more
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  • Joanne Itami
    Raj was instrumental in founding a Pre-Vet track and club at UMD. He always ended the year with a fun gathering of the club members at his house. In the past few decades most of the UMD students accepted to Schools of Veterinary Medicine have him...  more
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  • John Dahl
    I'm very sad to hear of Raj's passing. I consider myself Raj's replacement at UMD after he retired, and for many years I had posted his "lessons for life" that he had given his students. I remember meeting Raj for lunch, just shortly after I...  more
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  • Aubie Shaw
    I'm sorry to hear of Raj's passing. He was an important mentor and good friend. I was hoping for one more visit.
  • Geoff Popham
    I am sorry for the grief that Mary and the whole Karim family has to bear with Raj's passing and I hold them all in my prayers. I am also so grateful that, like many others, Raj was my friend. I share this from the newspaper article in 2008 when Raj...  more
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  • Gerald Niemi
    So sorry to hear about Raj. He always had a big heart for his student and always spoke up on their behalf. Gerald Niemi
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      Rachel Beukema Raj ~ You have left so many delightful memories! My favorite memory was working in your lab and asking you a question which I thought you would have the answer to, but instead, you shrugged your shoulders and said "How should I know, it's your research...  more
  • Jennifer Brady
    A wonderful neighbor. Raj would often give our children many types of delicious fruit over the years. He was so happy to see them playing outside and often called them his grandchildren. He will be missed here in the neighborhood. We are sending many...  more