Dr. Serugudi Ramamurti Mani, 80, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on March 14, 2021 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA.
Mani, as he preferred to be called, was born on May 15, 1940 in Chennai, India. He graduated from the University of Madras in Chennai in 1962 with a Masters of Science in Chemistry.
He immigrated to the United States in 1970 to pursue higher studies and graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in 1976 with his PhD in Organic Chemistry. During that tenure he married Rajeswari in 1974 and she joined him in Lubbock. Together they moved to West Virginia where Mani taught Chemistry at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
In 1977, the family moved to Baton Rouge when his daughter, Sandhya, was born and where they would live for the next 43 years. He taught Organic Chemistry at Louisiana State University until 1983 when he transitioned to be an Environmental Scientist at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. He retired in 2010 from DEQ and enjoyed his time reading, exercising and watching his LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. In 2017 he took on his most treasured role as grandfather to Keshav. They were great friends and took walks together in the park.
He is preceded in death by his parents, S.P. Ramamurti and Meenakshi and his sisters S.R. Kamala and S.R. Sulochana. He is survived by his loving wife, Raji Mani; his daughter and son-in-law, Sandhya and Brian J Daigle; his beloved grandson, Keshav Naveen Daigle; his mother-in-law, Meenakshi Ammal; his brothers: S.R.Gopalaswamy, S.R.Krishnamurthy, S.R.Chandrasekaran, S.R.Venkatesan and S.R.Seetharaman and his sisters: S.R.Lalitha and S.R.Mangalam.
Private services will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home on March 16, 2021 and will include family only in light of COVID restrictions. Cremation will follow.
Mani will be lovingly remembered and missed by all of his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, his favorite charity.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note for the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com