RAJADHYAKSHA Kasturi Rajadhyaksha, 86, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2010. Popularly known as Dr. Raja, she was a physician from India. She also earned a Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She was involved in community and charitable work in India from 1945 to 1969 and in the U.S. from 1970 to 2010. She traveled and developed health programs in 20 countries in Asia and the Middle East. She was one of the founders of ASHA/Ray of Hope, a nonprofit organization helping victims of domestic violence in the South East Asian community. She was also on the Board of Trustees for the Asian American Commerce Group. In 2008 she was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, 1995 into the Senior Center Hall of Fame and received Most Distinguished Physician Community Service Award from the National Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin in 2003 and the YWCA Women of Achievement award in 1996. She was preceded in death by her husband Vithal Kashinath Rajadhyaksha. Survived by her sons, Vikram (Janet) and Pratap (Kim); and her grandchildren, Jennifer, Nicole, Ram and Shyam. Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2010 at RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME AT POWELL, 450 West Olentangy St., (Powell Rd./St. Rt. 750/ 1/4 mile east of Sawmill Pkwy.), Powell, OH 43065, where the family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. before the service. The family requests that, in lieu flowers, donations be given in the memory of Dr. Raja to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City, OH 43123. Condolences may be sent to www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2010.