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Obituary for Past SBANE Board Member Raouf A. Ismail

Obituary for Raouf A. Ismail

Raouf Ismail died suddenly of cardiovascular disease on November 13, 2014. Born in 1940 near Bombay, India, Raouf Ismail lived in India and Europe until moving to England to prepare for the British education system. After five years at the Rugby School, he matriculated at Jesus College, Cambridge, UK where he earned a BS and MA in Mechanical Sciences. He then worked at Sperry Gyroscope in the UK. He emigrated to the US in 1968 and settled in the Boston area, spending the last forty-one years in Concord, MA where he lived with his family until his death. Once in the US, he worked at Transitron Electronic, and Dennison/Avery before deciding to earn an MBA at Harvard from 1974-1976.

An avid sailplane pilot from his first flights as a teen, Raouf continued flying until health issues forced him to stop in 2011. All through his life, his passion for gliding never left him, and he successfully turned an avocation into a vocation. Beginning with a prize-winning paper at Cambridge University, he moved on to designing glider instruments, two of which are now housed in the National Air and Space Museum. In 1971 he began his life as an entrepreneur and became the founder, owner, and CEO of Cambridge Aero Instruments, Inc. He soon branched out as the founder, owner, and CEO of Cambridge Aeroflo Inc., and, successively, of Cambridge Accusense Inc. For many years, he was a member of the Sugarbush Soaring Association in Warren, Vt., where he also served as president. A citizen of the world, Raouf thrived on travel, for international business, for gliding, and for pleasure with his family. He travelled to six of the seven continents, missing only Antarctica. He took an active interest in Foreign Affairs, through which he was an engaged member and treasurer of the Worcester Council on Foreign Affairs. He brought his ease in international settings, as well as his knowledge of French and German to working with small business development and strategy. He was a Vice Chair of the Small Business Association of New England. He later volunteered at the Senior Council of Retired Executives. He enjoyed being an active member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of New England, serving recently as treasurer. Raouf is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Sarah, his daughter Lara, his daughter-in-law Rosa, and his granddaughters Alexa and Ariana. His sisters Suraiya and Yasmine, his cousin Usman, and their families also survive him. A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held April 11. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in his memory may be made to Jesus College, Cambridge University , United Kingdom, http://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/, or an organization of your choice. Details concerning the Memorial Celebration details are available at Dee Funeral Home, Concord, MA For further details about the Celebration, please contact the Dee Funeral Home in Concord, MA (978) 369-2030.

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