This past week, we lost our dear friend, colleague, and a true champion of the open source community. Our CTO, Shubhra Kar, passed away suddenly while he was with his entire LF family at our first in-person, all-hands gathering since before the pandemic.
Those who had the honor to work with him will know, he was a special leader and a wonderful human being. Above all, Shubhra was the kind of leader who quickly passed the credit for accomplishments to his team over himself. His humble spirit and ever-present smile was admired by all around him. He was so proud of the world class team he had built here, and did that in part with engineers who followed him from one organization to another throughout his career.
We also knew Shubhra as a selfless leader – one who was more interested in the work than the reward. At the same time, he was incredibly ambitious – wanting to build a platform that would not only transform The Linux Foundation but support open source development communities around the world. This was the week his team unveiled significant new enhancements across the LFX platform. It was a project he led from vision to reality, after many – even members of his own team – had told him the path to success was impossible. He was a transformational leader that has left his legacy here.
While he was passionate about his work and his team, he loved his family even more. In fact, his children were often spotted behind him during video calls throughout the day. He was a fantastic husband and father, and we are so grateful for his wife, son, and daughter sharing him with us.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Shubhra’s family in this incredibly difficult time. If you would like to leave a memorial message for Shubhra, please submit a pull request on GitHub here. His family would love to hear from you and especially appreciates stories that are shared of his life and career.
The Linux Foundation has made arrangements with the family to establish Shubhra’s memorial fund that will provide support for his family and his children’s education. Donations can be made to the family here.