Dr. Rukma Sunalini Jacob,
affectionately known as Nalini, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, April 23,
2024, surrounded by the warmth of her loving family at her home in North Haven,
Connecticut. A radiant soul, she graced this world for 91 years, leaving an imprint of her
love and faith in Jesus on everyone she met.
Born on October 30, 1932, in Anantapur, India, Nalini was the cherished fourth out of
eight children of Prema and Zakkam David. her beloved husband, Puli Jacob, was her
unwavering support for fifty-seven years. Their union was forged in the crucible of faith in
Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in 1956 unknowingly saved at the same moment
until after they were married at Hebron Golconda Cross Roads Hyderabad, India in 1967.
This stood as a testament to their sacrificial devotion.
Nalini’s love knew no bounds, especially for her four children and ten cherished
grandchildren. Each day, she tenderly enfolded them in her prayers as she constantly
instilled Godly values in her children and grandchildren. Every day, Nalini would ask about each
one of her grandchildren and pray for them until her last days. She would shower them with
affection and prioritize every moment spent with them. Her grandchildren referred to her as
‘Mamama’ and they will sorely miss her.
Nalini loved to read her Bible and spend time in prayer. She adored music, dogs, gardening and
good food, especially sweets. She enjoyed nature through long walks and bird watching. Nalini
shared her love through her cooking and hospitality. If you knew Nalini, you would have enjoyed a
home cooked meal around her family table. She was the embodiment of generosity and kindness,
opening her home to those who would otherwise be alone for the holidays . Her home resonated
with warmth, laughter, and the aroma of her culinary delights and so much love.
Using her passion for medicine, Nalini wielded her knowledge with grace and humility,
touching countless lives. After attending medical school in Madras, she briefly worked in Goa,
India, and then enrolled in the postgraduate program of obstetrics and gynecology in Christian
Medical College, Vellore, India. After her marriage, she completed a diploma in anesthesiology in
Osmania University. She attached a clinic to their family home in Malakpet, India, where she
treated patients in obstetrics and gynecology. After moving to the United States, she
completed her residency in Anesthesia at Yale Medical School.
Nalini spent most of her career as an assistant professor at the Yale Medical School in New Haven
CT and at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington, CT. Even when she was in the operating
rooms, Nalini would be serving others and sharing the good news of Christ with everyone. Her
benevolent spirit knew no borders, reaching across continents with Christian Medical
Association to care for the downtrodden in Ecuador, Haiti, and Liberia.
In her departure, Nalini leaves behind a legacy of love and service in all who knew herShe
exalted the Lord first in her life and as a result of this, she was blessed beyond measure. Though
she has left us behind here on Earth, her testimony will forever remain in the hearts of her
loved ones as she is now forever in the presence of the One she lived for.
Nalini is survived by her husband Puli Jacob of North Haven, CT, Isaac Jacob, wife
Sandhya, children Andrew, Timothy, Lydia, Phillip, Noah of Meriden, CT; Sarah Jawahar,
husband David, children Naomi, Abigail, Rebecca, and Darin of Dover, DE; David Jacob,
wife Anna of Orange, CT; and Hannah Jacob, son Justin of Trumbull, CT.
A viewing and service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36
Washington Avenue, North Haven CT 06473. The viewing will take place from 9 am to 11 am and
the service will begin promptly at 11 am. Burial will be held at All Saints Cemetery, 700
Middletown Avenue, North Haven CT 06473, following the service.
For those who are unable to attend the service, a live stream will be available at