OBITUARY

Sridhar Sourirajan

May 4, 1960November 10, 2020

No words come close to encapsulating the life of Sridhar Sourirajan. Sridhar departed us at the age of 60 on November 10, 2020 in Cary, North Carolina where he was seen off by his spouse and daughters after battling an unexpected and short-lived bout with lung cancer. Sridhar led a too brief, but wonderful life.

Sridhar was born in Hyderabad, India to Madhuram Satyamurthi and Sourirajan Satagopan on May 4, 1960. Sridhar grew up with his brothers, Srinivasan (Chinu) Sourirajan and Ramesh Sourirajan. Sridhar earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Delhi, where he made lifelong friends. Following that Sridhar earned his Masters in Computer Science at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he met his badass wife Solveig Viste. Later in life, Sridhar completed his Masters in Liberal Arts at Duke University because learning was one of many lifetime sports Sridhar excelled at.

Sridhar and Solveig celebrated their wedding on January 28, 1987 in Portland, Oregon in the embrace of their lovely community. Later, Sridhar and Solveig moved to Cary, North Carolina where they grew their family. Sridhar pursued his passions with fearless abandon and always lived in the moment. At work, he pushed hard and was ready to take advantage of the next thing. As an entrepreneur he loved to work with his customer to meet their challenges. While business took Sridhar around the world, he never missed an opportunity to add a boondoggle onto a business trip accompanied by Solveig who meticulously planned details. His love for randonneuring took him cycling on 3 different continents; including, coast to coast across the USA and on many other rides with family and friends. Closer to home, Sridhar competed on the tennis court, eagerly improving his backhand and recommending tennis as a lifetime sport to any who would listen. Never a man to stay indoors, Sridhar adapted to winter by learning how to ski. In these winter wonderlands, he could often be heard merrily declaring, “another shitty day in paradise!” In addition to athletic pursuits, Sridhar enjoyed reading 4-inch thick biographies, novels of all kinds and newspapers. And of course staying up-to-date on all things politics. Sridhar’s gregarious personality lit-up any room he entered and animated his dinner table conversations, a foundation for his deep, enduring relationships. He taught people to go after what they want, take a seat at the table and look them in the eye. His sharp intellect, banter, wit and laughter still ring in our memories. Sridhar would want us all to follow our passions and live every moment to the fullest. His family will continue to honor his spirit by bringing his life philosophy into our own; he hopes you do the same.

With all our love.

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Thor Einarsson

November 23, 2020

Dear Solveig, Natalie and Nandini,
Our deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of our exceptional friend, Sridhar.

I was introduced to Sridhar shortly after coming back to SAS in 2014, when I began designing his solution, SAS Model Risk Management.

In early 2019, I was hired into his product management group. It turned out to be a great move; not a single dull day.

Sridhar loved to find idle resources and cultivate them. He would work overtime to make sure his people realized their full potential.

Sridhar was an endless source of lessons on life, business, work, and politics. He was also a good listener and he made you work hard for your arguments. There was no discount on logic, professionalism and integrity. Every debate I had with Sridhar was an exercise for personal growth.

Sridhar also had a very good heart. Underneath his tough and energetic exterior, he was full of empathy and understanding. When his employees faced personal difficulties, Sridhar quickly commanded an operation to help them or make them feel better. In this sense, he gave so much more than he received. He will provide us energy and inspiration for years to come.

In the Icelandic Hávamál, the wisdom of the Vikings, it says:

Deyr fé,
deyja frændur,
deyr sjálfur hið sama.
En orðstír deyr aldregi
hveim er sér góðan getur.

It tells us that although we all die, our reputation never dies, as long as we earn a good one, and Sridhar certainly did that among those who came to know him.

Occasionally Sridhar would ask me: "What would Elon Musk do?" Eventually, however, I pointed out that Elon Musk had made a few mistakes that Sridhar did not make. Now, instead of asking: "What would Elon do?" I will rather ask: "What would Sridhar do?"

Dear Solveig, Natalie, and Nandini, with gratitude in our heart for having met you and Sridhar, we send you our love and deepest sympathies,

Thor and Gudrun
and daughters

Mythili Chari

November 21, 2020

Every leaf has a glow so unique ✨
Every soul makes a mark so special🤍

Death is Illusion. Life is Reality.
Time is Illusion. Eternity is Reality.
Seen is Unreal. Real is Unseen.

Every Moment Every Day is Worth Living.
Live a life of wonder and awe.
Ever present and effervescent.

Every Memory of Sridhar is H-A-P-P-Y.

We see him beam his bright smile.
We hear his hearty, boisterous, lingering laughter.
We feel his vibrant energy.

Sridhar lives amongst us and around us.
Immortal and Eternal.

With Sridhar, we are more alive and more energetic and more youthful.
Brighter, Kinder, Better.

Stay Joyous. Stay Sridharous.

Vedantam S

November 19, 2020

Sridhar, my nephew, was born just 9 years after me and his older brother Chinu (Srinivasan), is just six months younger to me. So these boys would never call me Mama (Uncle) but by my ‘pet name’ only – Papa. Sridhar, of course, would say it with a more dramatic emphasis - Paphaaa!!

In 1961 , when we reached Hyderabad to celebrate Sridhar's first birthday, I ran to the kid and lifted him up, only to realize he was too heavy for my tiny 10-year old arms! So I sat down and both of us enjoyed playing together. Deja vu occurred in 1992 when Solveig and Sridhar visited us in Mumbai with babies Nandini and Natalie. My daughter, who is a few years older, was rolling on the bed with the girls as though she too was a toddler!

In that year, 1992, due to turmoil in the country, there were huge riots in several parts of Mumbai and curfew was imposed. On 11th January '92, I received a call from Chinu that Sridhar and family are on way to Mumbai by train, to stop for a day and then fly back to the US! I was dumfounded, stunned, petrified about bringing them safely home in the curfew. With huge effort, I made it to the station. As soon as he got out of train, Sridhar said “Paphaaa, the station looks pretty clean and empty, I am impressed!” And that right there, is so much of what Sridhar represented. An optimistic, fearless outlook to most everything in life – mostly intentional!

There’s so much I can talk about Sridhar - from our strolls in IIT New Delhi Hauzkhas area to visits in India and the US. Each memory more unpredictable than the previous but with a strong bond of kinship always. Then suddenly, I became an old man on the day my daughter got married in 2017- when he was there to be HER older brother in every respect.

It is said life goes on and time heals everything but the void, so may we all find the huge strength we need to survive this void.

Yoichi Narahara

November 19, 2020

Sridhar contributed so much to helping everyone understand our products holistically and deeply. I remember having dinner with him during a workgroup in Australia. He talked me very friendly and kindly made me, a new comer to SAS, join conversations with others.

I would extend my sincere condolence to Sridhar's family from far away in Japan.
RIP Sridhar.

Carsten Krah

November 19, 2020

Dear Sridhar,

You are not gone, you will live in our hearts and minds. Your passion and commitment to supporting people will continue to be a shining star and remind me that there are no limits. We will miss you in earthly life but you will live on in all of us and of course in your product SAS MRM!

It is sad that you can no longer accept my invitation to a bicycle tour through the "Sauerland" in Germany. But your family is always welcome to join you - with or without a bike!

Rest in peace and live in our hearts.

All the best
Carsten

Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad

November 18, 2020

Sridhar saw the world the way an R. K. Laxman or a Normal Rockwell sketched it, though it was with words that he distilled a complex world view into its cerebral “decoction,” often adding a dash of delightful humor. On a holiday card back in 1992 he asked me “what’s the meaning of leaving a cozy position … and leaving Chameli’s in the process?” The reference to "Chameli," then a popular Indian restaurant, near Pasadena, CA, was Sridhar’s “decoction” of life, in a word. It stood for the joy and the trust of friendship that grew from our shared tastes, both in a literal and figurative sense.

Our last conversation was on May 3, 2020 – the day before he turned 60 years of age. He said he had come back from a long bike ride. He was full of life and wit. In a matter of minutes, it seemed, we had visited Delhi & the Dakotas, Chennai & California. We had spoken about our families, the pandemic and friends and the new world order or “chaos.” He was very proud of what Nandini and Natalie were doing and all that Solveig was up to.

In his passing, a great branch of the tree of life has disappeared or more perhaps has become one with an eternal whole. Though we shared some cultural and academic roots, it was the shoots of this tree that crisscrossed and brought us together every decade or so it seemed – usually just for a dinner. Sridhar would have wanted us to continue to find humor in life and most certainly face and solve hard problems, as he did himself. I will miss my dear friend, the maker of that delectable decoction of life, and so much more. Solveig, Natalie and Nandini, our deep condolences.

John DelVecchio

November 18, 2020

Sridhar was one-of-a-kind. I worked with him only 2 or 3 times over the years but we would see each other routinely in the office. Just a brief conversation with Sridhar always resulted in me feeling a little more upbeat. He always seemed to fully engage in a conversation and I distinctly recall the genuine and comforting discussion we had when our fathers passed away about the same time. He will be missed by many here at SAS.
Solveig, Natalie and Nandini, may you sense God's peace and realize you are not alone during this time of grief.

Harvey Haigler

November 18, 2020

Am honored to know Sridhar. Funny, outgoing, willing to 'take a chance'. Your ride across America and following stories gave me inspiration to keep riding and one day do the same!
Gave blood in your memory.

Sumit Kumar

November 17, 2020


Guru Here’s your fav “Once again Just for you “

आगे सफर था और पीछे हमसफर था..
रूकते तो सफर छूट जाता और चलते तो हमसफर छूट जाता..
मंजिल की भी हसरत थी और उनसे भी मोहब्बत थी..
ए दिल तू ही बता,उस वक्त मैं कहाँ जाता...
मुद्दत का सफर भी था और बरसो का हमसफर भी था
रूकते तो बिछड जाते और चलते तो बिखर जाते....
यूँ समँझ लो,
प्यास लगी थी गजब की...
मगर पानी मे जहर था...
पीते तो मर जाते और ना पीते तो भी मर जाते.
बस यही दो मसले, जिंदगीभर ना हल हुए!!!
ना नींद पूरी हुई, ना ख्वाब मुकम्मल हुए!!!
वक़्त ने कहा.....काश थोड़ा और सब्र होता!!!
सब्र ने कहा....काश थोड़ा और वक़्त होता!!!
सुबह सुबह उठना पड़ता है कमाने के लिए साहेब...।।
आराम कमाने निकलता हूँ आराम छोड़कर।।
"हुनर" सड़कों पर तमाशा करता है और "किस्मत" महलों में राज करती है!!
"शिकायते तो बहुत है तुझसे ऐ जिन्दगी,
पर चुप इसलिये हु कि, जो दिया तूने,
वो भी बहुतो को नसीब नहीं होता"...

Sumit Kumar

November 17, 2020

In a very short span of time Sridhar and I became very good friends. Our relationship grew rapidly as we learned about each other. Our relationship was like “Guru” & “Chela”. It is very difficult to accept the fact he is not here . We disagreed, argued like high school kids for the better good, bonded over “premchand” and many Indian literatures. So to the Big Guy - Rest In Peace Guru . Have an amazing journey to the Real Home . UnTill we meet again - Rest In Peace !!!!
To the family :

My name is Sumit Kumar. I am honored and blessed to have known Sridhar. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him. My condolences.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY