Bhagavat S. Subbakrishna of Wilmette, known to his friends as Subbu, passed away at the age of 81, on June 24, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Rathan; son, Sunil; daughter-in-law, Geetha; grandson, Salil and granddaughter Maya, who will sorely miss him. He was cremated at Haben Funeral Home & Crematory, in Skokie, following the administration of final rites in the Hindu tradition. The service was attended by his immediate family as well as a large gathering of friends, former colleagues and associates from his volunteer work. Subbu was born in Mysore, India, in 1927, and raised and educated in Bangalore. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, he went to work on a major irrigation dam project, which began his association with Harza Engineering Company. Harza sponsored him to work for them and complete his Master’s degree, which brought him to Chicago in 1957 with his wife and 2-year-old son. In 1961, upon completion of the program, they returned to India, where they remained until 1967, when they returned to Chicago permanently. Subbu’s work with Harza took him to many interesting places, such as Iran, Paraguay, Indonesia and China. After retirement, he was a devoted volunteer for the Indo-American Cultural Center in West Rogers Park and the New Trier Democratic Organization in Wilmette. In addition, he was an avid tennis and bridge player for many years. We will fondly remember his openness, his optimism and his willingness to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Submitted by Nancy Traver