Devarajan Venkataramanan was born in a small village in Salem district, Tamil Nadu, India on April 11, 1931. He passed away on August 23, 2018. He was the second son of parents of modest means. He rose from these humble origins to eventually retire from the highest ranks of civil service in the Government of India. Over the course of a long and productive career, he traveled widely within India and across the world. He was a man whose worldview knew no borders: after retirement, he and his wife willingly left the familiar comforts of home to follow their children to the United States & England. With silken threads of loving kindness, he, along with his wife, wove together a new tapestry of family and friends, many of whom regard him as a surrogate father or grandfather.
His quickness of mind and joy in lifelong learning led to an impassioned love of computers and technology. His wisdom and willingness to listen made him a mentor to many. He opened his home and heart to several young people and extended family members to help them achieve professional success.
He is survived by his loving and devoted family, including his wife, Lalitha, his four children and their spouses (Radhika Kulkarni and Vidyadhar Kulkarni, Raghuram Devarajan and Parvati Raghuram, Rama Mark and Ian Mark, and Ravi Devarajan and Meera Viswanathan), his ten grandchildren and their spouses (Milind and Monique Kulkarni, Ashwin Kulkarni, Rahul Raghuram and Archana Pisharody, Aparna Mark and Ankith Kamaraju, Arvind Kulkarni, Gayatri Raghuram, Nathan Mark, Joshua Mark, Arjun Devarajan, and Maydha Devarajan), two great grandchildren (Tanvi Kulkarni and Tejas Kulkarni) and a host of family and friends. His life inspires us all.
His cremation will be held at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545 (https://www.poolefuneral.com/directions), on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duke Hospice (https://dhch.duhs.duke.edu/make-donation).