C.G. Govindan Namboodri (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. C.G.Govindan "Chet" Namboodri, 74, of 1911 Pisgah Road, North Augusta, SC, passed serenely and with loving care during the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Sunrise North Hills in Raleigh, NC, having survived ten years of congestive heart failure. Mr. Namboodri was born in Thrikkayoor, a village in the state of Kerala, India, as the first son to the late C.G.G. and Devaki Namboothiri, and became an internationally recognized research chemist, holding 11 U.S. and 26 non-U.S. patents and authoring dozens of journal articles. He was covered as a feature in Forbes magazine in the eighties for a foam finishing process that significantly reduced the power consumption required for the production of industrial and commercial textiles. Having completed undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in India, including Bombay University, he immigrated to the United States to complete a graduate degree from North Carolina State University, was naturalized a U.S. citizen, married a Greensboro, NC native, and began work in the Carolinas in the mid-sixties. During his career and especially after retirement, Chet found great joy in ball room, round, and square dancing and established life-long friendships during decades of dancing in communities throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Chet was preceded in death in 1980 by his well-loved wife of twelve years, Sandra Marie Neal Namboodri, and is survied by his only son Chet Namboodri Jr., daughter-in-law Shannon Leahy Namboodri, and granddaughters Brooke Lee, Claire Sandra and Adele Marie Namboodri, all of Cary, NC. The family wishes to express sincere and heart-felt thanks to the loving caregivers from the Hospice of Wake County, NC, Sunrise North Hills Assisted Living, Chet's in-laws Mr.(s)and(s)Mrs. G.V. Leahy of Greensboro, NC, and Mr. Don Rogers of Augusta, GA, whose friendship and tireless concern for Chet's welfare provided great comfort. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County www.hospiceofwake.org, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to the American Heart Association http://donate.americanheart.org. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com/obits

The Augusta Chronicle-July 15, 2011