DUMONT, N.J. -- Dr. Lalita G. Kamat, 71, of Dumont and formerly of Fayetteville, N.Y., died Nov. 1 at home after a long battle with brain cancer.
Born in Vasco-da-Gama, Goa, India, Kamat was raised primarily by her sister and brother-in-law, Sushila and Vinayak S. Manerkar.
She was the first woman in her family to receive a medical degree, graduating from Goa Medical College in 1969. She moved to the United States in 1974 after getting married and pursued residency training in pediatrics. She worked as a general pediatrician for more than 20 years in New Jersey and New York, most recently at the Syracuse Community Health Center and for the New York State Office of Disability Determinations.,
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Givottam Kamat; her daughter (Lukshmi); Vinay Puttanniah, and her grandsons Arun and Devan Puttanniah.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cycle for Survival , in memory Kamat. Cycle for Survival is an organization that raises money for research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Services will be private and handled by Frech Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont.
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