Rajaram Ramanathan, foundation official

February 10, 2010|By Jacques Kelly

Rajaram Ramanathan, the retired chief financial and operations officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, died of cancer Feb. 2 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Federal Hill resident was 74.

Born near Madras, India, he earned psychology and political science degrees there and, after moving to New York City in 1971, he received a master's degree in public accounting from Baruch College.

Mr. Ramanathan worked at the Rockefeller Foundation both in India and in the U.S., where he was controller.

In 1991, he joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation and helped oversee its move to Baltimore in 1994. He managed the foundation's accounting, finances, investments, legal issues, employee benefits and computer operations.

"He was called the soul of the foundation," said his son, Rajiv Ramanathan, of Dallas. "People took their issues and problems to him. He was a good listener and had a kind ear and a kind heart."

Mr. Ramanathan retired in 2001.

He enjoyed travel and listening to Indian classical music.

He also read literature and books on philosophy, history and comparative religions.

"When he would read an author, he would read every book," said his son. "In his conversations, he liked relating the problems or situations of today to works of literature."

Services were held Thursday in Catonsville.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of nearly 43 years, Chandra Ramanathan; and two brothers, R.V. Ramanan of New Delhi and R. Krishnan of Chennai, India.

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