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"RAO" 2005 Obituary


RAO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-24 published
Nakhate Vittal RAO
By Sheila RAO, Monday, October 24, 2005, Page A18
Father, husband, physician. Born March 2, 1937, in Haveri, India. Died May 5 in Waterdown, Ontario, of cardiac arrest, aged 68.
Dr. Nakhate Vittal RAO was a role model to all his peers, a community supporter, an innovative, hard-working physician, an outstanding father, a loving husband, and the survivor of a life-threatening brain injury that left him challenged for the rest of his life.
Vittal was born in Haveri, India, in 1937. His mother died shortly after his birth and he was cared for by his eldest brother Sheenanna for most of his childhood.
He excelled in both his studies and his extra-curricular activities, playing cricket and acting as student council president while earning top marks. He attended Grant Medical College in Bombay, India, and graduated at 22 years old, the youngest M.D. in the college's history. He immediately completed a rotating internship at Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy Hospital in Bombay in 1960.
He was the first person in his family to pursue post-graduate studies abroad. In 1961, he left for Brooklyn, New York where he worked through his medical internship at Methodist Hospital.
Vittal returned to Bombay in 1963 to arrange his marriage with his family and he and his wife Sudha left for Houston, Texas, a week after the wedding. Vittal served two years as a fellow in pulmonary diseases at the department of internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He then served as chief medical resident at Detroit Memorial Hospital until 1965.
Vittal pursued further training in Canada in children's respiratory diseases at Winnipeg Children's Hospital, completing a fellowship in Kitchener-Waterloo. He settled in Hamilton, managing an allergy practice with offices in Hamilton and Fonthill, Ontario Vittal was known for his innovative diagnostic and treatment techniques among practising allergists in the region.
Vittal engaged in all three of his children's hobbies. He shared his love and appreciation of photography, motion pictures and music with his me and my brothers Atul and Ajit.
On January 23, 1984, Vittal's life changed drastically when he fell down the basement stairs in his home. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors found that accumulated fluid in his skull had destroyed parts of his left temporal lobe and cerebral cortex. An immediate life-saving operation drained the excess fluid.
Although they were unsure of the long-term impact, they said the damage meant his speech and memory were permanently affected. Inner ear damage, they said, permanently disabled his sense of balance, limiting his ability to walk.
Despite the physical and mental impairments, Vittal's spirit remained intact and, over time, it became clear that he was acutely aware of the emotions of every person around him. He maintained close relationships with family despite his cognitive impairments. Together they all lovingly cared for him for 21 years.
In his later years, Vittal continued to enjoy and appreciate life through his interests in slapstick comedy, his love for Indian and Western classical music and jazz and The Beatles and taking trips to the Caribbean, Europe and India. His final trip was to Kenya, to visit me during Christmas in 2004.
On the sunny day of May 5, Vittal went out for a walk with his physiotherapist. On his way home, he suddenly raised his hands from his walker, looked up into the sky and collapsed. A massive heart attack had stopped him in his tracks and he gently passed away.
Although his brain was damaged in January, 1984, his heart continued to shine through his smiling eyes. Although his heart stopped in May, his spirit continues to shine today in all who were fortunate enough to have encountered him.
Sheila RAO and family
Sheila is Vittal's daughter.

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RAOUX 2005-03-05 published
THODY, Emily Margaret and Jessica Catherine
At birth, Emily and Jessica were suddenly called away to watch over us on February 24 - 25, 2005. Precious little twin daughters of Karen and Don THODY of Waterloo. Granddaughters of Jean and Elliott PITT of Mississauga and Marie and David THODY of Komoka. Dear nieces of Cathy and Jeff COLCLOUGH of Burlington and Denise and Daren RAOUX of London. Cousins to Reece and Ryan COLCLOUGH and Emma and Kate RAOUX. A small private service is to be held by the immediate family. A very special thank you to Dr. Valerie MUELLER and the staff at McMaster University Medical Centre for their exemplary care and compassion during this time. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Thames Valley District School Board/Parkview Public School (10008 Oxbow Drive, Komoka, Ontario N0L 1R0) Emily and Jessica Thody Memorial Award Fund or the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations can be arranged through Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo. Condolences/Donations/Flowers 519-745-8445

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