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Welcome to the memorial page for

Ramanathan Sugumaran

April 23, 1967 ~ January 25, 2017 (age 49)

Dr. Ramanathan Sugumaran (Sugu), 49, of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home.

Friends may call from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 3:45 p.m.  Friday, January 27, 2017, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline.  Cremation rites will follow services.

Sugu was born into a wonderful and loving family in Nathavadi, India. He was a dedicated and caring son, father, husband, brother, and friend. He graduated from Baroda University and from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Sugu had a passion for research, working on projects at the University of Missouri. He was a faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa, where he created and led the GeoTREE center which was a deep source of pride and fulfillment for him. He later served as Professor and Director of NASA-Iowa Space Grant Consortium at the University of Iowa. His transition to a position with John Deere in Moline, IL, where he was responsible for defining and promoting the Strategic Innovation Roadmap for the company in Big Data and Analytics strongly resonated with his love for farming and technological innovation.

As an educator, author, colleague, and mentor, he was well-known for his creative ideas, wit, excellent and persuasive presentation skills, and zest for innovation. He was most happy when he shared his vision for a brighter and better future, whether it was at work, or at home, with his family. He enjoyed life, connected with people in unique ways, and deeply cherished his friends. He was an avid gardener who tended to his plants with deep care. He also enjoyed reading, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends. He was especially attached to his grandfather in India with whom he enjoyed his childhood.

Sugu is survived by his wife Vanitha, two sons, Sriram and Srivishnu, parents, Chandra and Ramanathan, a brother, Ezhilmaran, and sister, Chitra, and other family in India. He leaves behind a large network of friends who will miss him very dearly.

Memorials may be made to the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Fund at University of Iowa Foundation c/o UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Fund PO Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550. Those wishing to sign Sugu’s guestbook may do so at esterdahl.com.


 Service Information

Visitation
Friday
January 27, 2017

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd.
Moline, IL

Prayer Service
Friday
January 27, 2017

3:45 PM
Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd.
Moline, IL


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