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Venkataseshu Kuppuswamy Ganjam, July 6, 1940 — Nov. 26, 2012, of Columbia

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 5:28 p.m. CST; updated 10:10 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 29, 2012

*An earlier version of this obituary gave an incorrect address for contributions. Memorial donations toward biomedical research may be made to the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine, W-210* Veterinary Medicine Building, Columbia, MO 65211.

Dr. Venkataseshu Kuppuswamy Ganjam, scholar, mentor, husband, father, grandfather and friend unexpectedly passed away Monday, November 26th, at University Hospital.

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Dr. Ganjam was born July 6, 1940 in India and grew up in the holy city of Tirupati. He had an early passion for medicine, obtaining a degree in veterinary medicine before leaving India. He arrived in Pullman, Washington for graduate studies in 1962, having only five dollars in his pocket. He completed his doctorate at Oklahoma State University and built a distinguished career in physiology and endocrinology, serving as tenured faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Auburn University and the University of Missouri, starting in 1981. He met his loving wife of 40 years, Irene, at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Ganjam was a prolific researcher, greatly enjoyed cultivating relationships across campus and loved teaching. He had a fantastic command of languages and was a storehouse of jokes, anecdotes, and quotes. He enjoyed sports and was an avid cricket fan.

Dr. Ganjam is survived by his wife Irene; son Kris Ganjam of Seattle, WA; daughter Ricarda Ganjam of Washington, DC (Chad Luebbert); elder brother Audiseshu Ganjam of Chennai, India; two sisters, Manonmani Krishnamurthy of Hyderabad, India and Vasumathi Viswanathan of Chennai, India; and three grandchildren, Sidney, Sophia and Skylar Luebbert of Washington, DC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Ganjam Kuppuswamy and Padmavathi and sister Rajeswari Ramamurthy.

Funeral Services will be held at 7pm on Friday, November 30 at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 5:30 pm. Memorial donations toward biomedical research may be made to the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine, W-210* Veterinary Medicine Building, Columbia, MO 65211.


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