Memorial service for Milan Gambhir, 16, of Portola Valley

Service at Memorial Church on Stanford campus

A memorial service for 16-year-old Milan Gambhir of Portola Valley, who was a junior at Bellarmine College Preparatory High School in San Jose, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in Stanford Memorial Church at 450 Serra Mall on the Stanford campus. Milan died May 2 after a 21-month fight with brain cancer.

Former Corte Madera classmates of Milan gathered Friday night, May 8 at the school to remember Milan.

Milan's family said he was a scholar with a particular passion for science, a friend, a fighter and a loving son.

Lisa Gonzales, superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, said Milan "was what our community represents: kindness, caring and compassion."

She said some people "described Milan as 'brilliant,' probably due to the energy he put into activities." He won a 2014 Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship award for the design of a wristband that would detect the recurrence of cancer tumors in cancer patients. "Others talked about his ability to draw others in, make them feel valued, and sincerely connect," she said.

Ms. Gonzales said that on a Bellarmine website students shared stories about Milan, commenting on the drive and determination he had in all endeavors, from speech tournaments to getting As, from debate competitions to fighting cancer. Some talked about his calm heart and others shared his passion for the guitar, she said.

"Milan Gambhir was a loved member of the Portola Valley community and will be greatly missed," she said.

Milan's parents, Sanjiv (Sam) and Aruna Gambhir, have established the Milan Gambhir Memorial Fund at Bellarmine. Milan's father is a cancer research professor and head of the radiology department at the Stanford University School of Medicine and his mother is the CEO of CellSight Technologies, which works on technology to fight cancer.

Tribute gifts in memory of Milan may be made online at or mailed to Bellarmine College Preparatory, Attn: Advancement Office, 960 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95126. Milan's name should be put in the comments section of the online form or on the memo line of a mailed check.

(Correction: An earlier version of this story reported Milan's age as 15.)

Barbara Wood

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Posted by Maren
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2015 at 12:27 pm

RIP Milan. Condolences and hugs to the Gambhir family.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 8, 2015 at 2:27 pm

So very sad. Condolences to family and friends.

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Posted by Puja
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Feeling very sad on this unfortunate loss of such a young boy. May god give all the strength and peace to his Mom and Dad!

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Posted by Samira
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm

May Peace be with you Milan and peace to your family.

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Posted by James & Christine Beard
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Jim and I send our condolences to the Gambhir Family, we are sad for your loss.

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Posted by Gordon Hunt
a resident of another community
on May 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

My sincerest condolences to the Gambhir family. I once knew Sam but did not have the chance to meet Milan, who was obviously the sort of young man any father would be incredibly proud of. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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