Om Prakash Rustgi, a full professor of physics at SUNY Buffalo State for 32 years who endowed a physics scholarship at the college, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 87.
Mr. Rustgi, a resident of Williamsville, was born in Delhi, India. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in science from the University of Delhi, and later earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California.
He arrived in Buffalo in 1973 and taught at Buffalo State until 2005. He constructed a "thin film" lab at the college and endowed an annual $2,000 physics scholarship in memory of his parents. The award goes to the physics major with the highest grade-point average.
Mr. Rustgi was one of the founders of the Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels of Western New York and enjoyed bridge, poker and cyber-cycling.
His older brother, Moti, who died in 1992, was a physics professor at the University at Buffalo.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Meena Rohatgi, a retired programmer analyst in the accounting department at the law firm Phillips Lytle; a daughter, Anju Kumari Bochiechio; a son, Arun K.; a sister, Shakuntla D.; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, April 27, in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.