Well Read and Well Spoken
Listening to Sankara Velamuri speak was a pleasure, said Vijaya Sonti, a younger sister. His enunciation was distinct, his words precise and his diction elegant. He often quoted a bit of the English or Sanskrit literature he read voraciously. "Poetry," she said. "Religion. He had an excellent memory."
Mr. Velamuri, who grew up in Orissa, India, and worked previously in London, lived in Edison, N.J., with his wife, Avenal. When he immigrated, 30 years ago, he switched from metallurgy to accounting and found work at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The second oldest of 10 children, he was patient and learned, said Mrs. Sonti, a computer specialist with a master's degree in mathematics. "Growing up," she said, "he taught me algebra one summer. That created my interest in mathematics."
Mr. Velamuri loved company and good conversation, but also studied Hindu scriptures, attended temple and meditated at home.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 6, 2001.