Jai Nagarkatti, CEO of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, died quite unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on November 13. He had worked for Aldrich Chemical Company and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation his whole professional life, starting as a bench chemist in 1976 and assuming the CEO position in 2006.
Sigma-Aldrich has posted a memorial notice describing Jai’s role in the company and the community. Jai was a good friend to us here in the local ACS section and to the whole St Louis chemistry community. Obituary notices were also published by the Post-Dispatch and Chemical & Engineering News (login required).