M. S. Ramamurthi, aged 80, passed away on July 7. He was a resident of Mylapore for 60 years.
Ramamurthi was civil engineer by profession and specialised in hydraulic engineering. He served as a chief head drafting officer in Public Works Department (Irrigation) Government of Tamil Nadu. Later, he was Member of Cauvery Technical Cell, constituted by the state government to deal with inter-state water issues.
He served the government, even after his retirement, until the age of 77, as a consultant.
He set up an endowment fund at Chintadaripet Higher Secondary School (his alma mater) in 1965 for economically weaker students to pay the fees and procure books. It is still functioning.
He also set up an endowment fund at Ramakrishna Mission Students Home in Mylapore.
Ramamurthi took over the responsibility and contributed in full towards complete renovation of Hanuman Sannadhi at Madahava Perumal Temple.
He designed walker made of bamboo at a very low cost of Rs. 15 in 1972 initially for his mother. Late Dr. Krishnamurthy, an orthopedic surgeon who had a nursing home in East Mada Street, (next to BVB and opposite to Kalahasti Stores) recommended his patients to use the walker. Affordability and mobility was the mantra.
He was very passionate about all sports, especially cricket. He was a leg spinner and top order batsman and represented Metal Box in the TNCA league in late 1960s.
Contact his family at 24981518.
Tribute written by his son.