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Arunkumar "Arun" Arjunan '01 April 5, 2021 9:26 AM updated: April 14, 2021 1:44 PM

Arun Arjunan
November 17th, 1979 - March 27th, 2021

A bright light for all, Arunkumar Arjunan passed in peace on March 27, 2021 and will be dearly missed as a loving son, brother, and friend. Arun graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1997 and obtained a degree in Genetics from Texas A&M University in 2001. He pursued his passion by becoming a scientist at Novartis and Scripps Research, and later as a teacher to disadvantaged middle school youth in Houston Independent School District.

Arun was a voracious reader and fulfilled his deep curiosity through lifelong learning and a variety of interests. All who knew him, knew he enjoyed cooking and lively conversations ranging from science, current events, hip hop, and all things basketball. He was always passionate about music and film and amassed an impressive music library over the years which he used to introduce new sounds and beats to friends.

Above all, Arun will always be known for his open heart and loyal friendship. Arun led with compassion, welcoming everyone as a friend and lending all friends his help and loyalty without question. Arun made everyone feel seen and special with his easy smile, sharp wit, and sardonic sense of humor.

Though Arun’s time with us was short, his impact was indelible. Arun bravely met life’s moments with authenticity, both in hardship and in joy. He ensured that his actions mirrored his values and belief in doing what was right and fair. May we all have the courage to do the same and honor Arun’s memory by carrying this spirit into our own lives.

Arun leaves behind his loving mother Leela, father Palanisamy, brothers Selvam and Ananth, and sister-in-law Shannon.

Arun had many friends far and wide. Please use this page to share your fondest memories of Arun, post photos or videos, and a note of sympathy to the Arjunan family. Please share this page ( to others Arun has known; the page does not expire and serves as a collection of loving memories.

In lieu of flowers or other items, the Arjunan family asks that you honor Arun by donating to the Houston Food Bank.

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