HARIKIRAN VASU, 25, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. He was the son of Vasu Ramiah and Suseela Doravari. Born July 5, 1989, in Westwood, N.J., he was raised in Fort Wayne. Harikiran was an Internal Medicine Resident Physician Intern with Cornell at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. Harikiran graduated from Homestead High School, as the valedictorian, in 2007. He was an exemplary student and a star pupil of many of his teachers. He was always available to his classmates for help and mentoring. He was enthusiastic for many of his classes while always holding Latin in the highest regard. When he was awarded the Indianapolis Star, he nominated his Latin teacher, Mrs. Adair, to accept the award with him. He continued to actively participate in the Indiana State Junior Classical League Latin Club for years after graduating high school, later returning as the president of the Senior Classical League to volunteer at Latin conferences and promote the learning of Latin and communicated the legacy of Latin in modern medicine as the keynote speaker. Harikiran joined Purdue University as a recipient of the prestigious Stephen C. Beering scholarship, which allowed him to pursue a bachelors's degree in Biochemistry with highest distinction as well as his medical education graduating with Honors from the Indiana University School of Medicine class of 2014, among the top of his class. As a Beering scholar, he exemplified the pursuit of academics as well as giving back to the university programs. Harikiran participated in curriculum councils both at the undergraduate and medical school level to ensure the success and development of future students. As a member of the American Medical Association Student Chapter and Indiana State Medical Association, he sought to advocate for medical students and encourage discussion of medicine, public health, and physician leadership. As the Student President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society member, he embodied altruism and compassion. Harikiran's desire for the pursuit and sharing of knowledge was exceptional and a constant drive in his life. He enjoyed reading, attending concerts, spending time with friends, long distance running, and traveling. He valued coming home to spend time with his friends and family at every possible opportunity. His generous spirit held no bounds-caring for family, friends, and every new person who crossed his path. He appreciated all things in life; eager to try new adventures while always remembering every past experience. His unconditional love of his home of Indiana and it's people was constantly carried in all of his goals and endeavors. He had a deep love for his Indian culture and loved his trips to India to see his cousins and extended family. His smile and strong hugs held a great feeling of warmth and security to all he blessed. Among all of his friends and peers, he was known for his kindness, selflessness, his integrity and his never-ending empathy. He loved his father, Vasu and mother, Suseela and adored his sister, Kedari. "Words cannot begin to describe how much we miss him. His family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched will forever remember him for his love and his compassion." Visitation is 2 to 4 and5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46804). To sign the online guestbook, visit www.domccombandsons.com
D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls
8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 26, 2014