In April 2014, another compañero, S. Bhupathy died prematurely and tragically.
I met Bhupathy in 1991 on a wildlife management field course in China, and bumped into him again twenty years later. In December last year, I contacted him when we went to Kerala for Robert's long anticipated trip there. He graciously and generously hosted us at SACON, sharing his knowledge of Indian ecology and herpetology unreservedly with us.
Beto and Bhupathy were friends that I did not see regularly in the past, and had no hopes of seeing often in the future. But they touched my life and made not just my world, but the world a better place in their quiet, gentle way.