Neervalur Raghavan, Ph.D.

December 2, 1943 - April 25, 2022
HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory
8057 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.6111 | Map
Thursday 4/28, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Raghavan Varadachary was born in Neervalur, a tiny hamlet in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in 1943. Neervalur is a small, religious village approximately 63 kilometers southwest of Chennai. Raghavan was the first of eight children born to Jayamma and VK Varadachary, and grew up in a modest, two room home with his parentsContinue Reading

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Rajani Raghavan left a message on April 29, 2022:
A celebration of Neervalur Raghavan’s life:
Usha vedavalli left a message on April 29, 2022:
RIP...mama your memories will always be with us through our mom/ your sister vedavalli... Usha chennai
Kamalesh Srikanth left a message on April 28, 2022:
In memory of Neervalur Raghavan, Ph.D., Kamalesh Srikanth lit a candle
Rao and Indu Anand left a message on April 28, 2022:
Raghavan was a wonderful person in all aspects and was a mentor and a dear friend. We looked up to him for advise many times. He was an intellectual par excellence, sharing ideas freely, friendly and funny to give everyone a laugh. We will miss him dearly. Our condolences to Vathasala and family.
Pappudu Sriram left a message on April 28, 2022:
RAGHAVAN, an acrostic poem. Remarkable - “Worthy of attention“ Raghavan set the standard, an example for us all to emulate, so that we may strive to be better every day. Accepting - “Consent to receive” He had an incredible capacity for patience, especially in relationships. He gave people the time and space to develop, come into their own. He would guide gently but didn’t aggressively try to shape an outcome. Generous - “Showing a readiness to give more of something than is required” Raghavan uncle was always ready with his Talent, Time or Treasure. There were numerous occasions my family and I sought his council. He convinced my parents that a starting job after MIT at BCG would be a good choice. My parents had never heard about management consulting. That decision launched my professional career, and the life-changing experiences I had. Helpful - “Giving and always ready to support” Rags was the kind of person that offered prescient council, sometimes unsolicited and always valuable. He demonstrated countless acts of kindness and generosity. He briefly supported my MIT tuition when my parents struggled. He believed in the power of education, and supported it wholeheartedly. Affable - “Friendly, good natured, easy to talk to” As the patriarch, akin to a benevolent Godfather, he was revered and perhaps intimidating to some. I always found him ready for a chat across a range of topics. He could drive a conversation on a portfolio of topics from sports, to science, to the intricacies of specific individuals’ personalities and relationships. He knew how to have a good time, and was very popular throughout his life stages. He sure loved his tipples, and his trips to the casino. Visionary - “Original, bold ideas about the future” Uncle wanted more, the best out of life. I loved getting into discussions with him about the pharma industry, the business and science of drug production and delivery. I always learned something-he was constantly learning and growing. Ambitious - “Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed” Uncle had big dreams, and he wanted the best for his family and loved ones. He mastered the art of financial leverage. Beyond his day job, he had an insatiable passion for real estate and investing. He’d spend weekends scoring the market, his portfolio and scoping new opportunities. Nurturing - “Care for and encourage the growth and development of” With his life partner Vathsala, he lifted up countless relatives, friends and colleagues. This multiplier effect is incredible. He have them the chance to work hard, to prove themselves, and to enjoy a benighted future. Raghavan Uncle will be dearly missed. We will continue to reflect and reminisce on how lucky we were to have shared experiences with this remarkable person. I will be forever grateful to Raghavan Uncle, his wife Vathsala Aunty, their 3 boys Vijay, Harish and Ravi, and their entire extended family, for the generosity, grace, support and love they have bestowed upon my parents, and myself. Many of our accomplishments and achievements were thanks to Uncle. We were truly blessed to have dinner Sunday before last for my Dad’s 80th bday. May he Rest In Peace. Pappudu Sriram Thursday April 28, 2022
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Vasantha Sethuraman left a message on April 28, 2022:
Our heart felt condolences to Dr Vatsala and her sons and their family members . It was great to know a person like Dr Raghavan who was very unassuming and maintaining a very low profile inspite of his great achievements. It was a pleasure to know him in person . It is really great Dr Vatsala had taken great care of him after his stroke . May God help the family to overcome the grief of his loss . Om Shanthi !🙏🙏🙏🙏
Venkat Seshadri left a message on April 28, 2022:
Raghavan Uncle was a very influential man in my life . When we moved back to Chicago we stayed with the Raghavans for nearly a month while we were getting settled . He was always a pleasant , kind and generous man . He will be deeply missed .
Winston & Yvonne Green left a message on April 28, 2022:
Please accept our sincerest condolences. May you all find the strength that you will need to get through this difficult time in your lives. This world will surely miss him. Winston & Yvonne
Mani left a message on April 28, 2022:
We are very sorry Vathsala. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers for the departed soul to rest in peace. God Bless.
Nelum Rupika left a message on April 28, 2022:
In memory of Neervalur Raghavan, Ph.D., Nelum Rupika lit a candle
P.N.Sridharan Pillaipakkam Nattu left a message on April 28, 2022:
Raghavan is a very good person He and Smt. Vatsala are is a great devotees of their Gid at Nee Valoor. He sacrificed his life to bring up all his brothers s d sisters and other relatives. Our families were close to him. Smt. Vatssla is a kind and loving partner. Both Raghavan and Vatsala were very conscious if their social responsibilities. Pillaipakkam family pray for peaceful redting of his soul at the feet of Acharyan. We pray Lord Narssimha to give strength to Smt. Vatssla and their sond with stand the shock.
Sandra Beaudoin left a message on April 28, 2022:
Vathsala, Murali, and Usha --Kevin and I are sending our prayers and support to you all. We know what a loss this is for your family and are here for anything you need.
Vance Garcia left a message on April 27, 2022:
In memory of Neervalur Raghavan, Ph.D., Vance Garcia lit a candle
Bill and Cindy Kolanko left a message on April 27, 2022:
Fondest memories of working with “Rags” at Baxter in Morton Grove and Round Lake. A very kind, funny, and smart man.
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