Dr. Mohan H. Goudar passed away at home Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, surrounded by his devoted wife, Suchi, and his sons.
He was born in Ranebennur, Karnataka, India in 1944. After losing his father at a young age, he received his medical degree from Karnataka Medical College at 21 years old and moved to London, where he received a Doctorate in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Medicine, serving in Britain’s National Health Service.
Dr. Goudar and his wife, Suchi, immigrated to the United States in 1975, joining the U.S. Navy as an officer. He and his wife had two sons, and the Navy brought them to Virginia Beach. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Brooke Army Medical Center. He earned the rank of lieutenant commander and after proudly serving in the U.S. Navy; he practiced internal medicine and gastroenterology in his private practice in Norfolk. He was often seen at DePaul Hospital, walking the halls on his daily rounds. His selfless dedication to the care of his patients led to long days and late nights, and saved countless lives.
After his time in England, he had an appreciation for European cars. He kept a close eye on the news, politics and the financial markets. He impressed on his sons the importance of education and hard work, which played such a large role in his own life, and he led by example.
After a long career as a physician, he retired in 2008 and spent time with his family, including his beloved grandson, Vikram, and cherished granddaughter, Mohini.
Dr. Goudar is survived by Suchi, his wife of 46 years; older son, Sujit of Kansas City, Kansas; daughter-in-law, Suma Potiny Goudar, and granddaughter, Mohini; as well as his younger son, Ranjit of Virginia Beach, daughter-in-law, Lakshmi Ganti Goudar, and grandson, Vikram. He is survived by his nephew, Vivekanand; sister, Leela, and nephew, Lingraju. He was preceded in death by his elder brother, Sripad; and niece, Urmila.
His legacy as a physician and healer lives on through his many patients and the lives he touched here in Tidewater. To his family, he will forever be our beloved husband, father and grandfather.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Princess Anne Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mohan H. Goudar MD Memorial Scholarship endowment at Eastern Virginia Medical School, (757) 965-8500, to continue his legacy of training future generations of physicians.
Non sibi sed patriae – Latin, United States Navy. “Not for self, but for country.”
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