The Palanisamys’ Adieu to the ‘Burgh

By Ray Kathiresan, Pittsburgh, PA                                 e-mail:

On June 10,2017 friends of Dr. Palanisamy (Samy) and his wife Renuka  were at Tamarind Restaurant in Greentree to have a good time. The occasion: The Samys were bidding Adieu to their 30-plus years in Pittsburgh and their friends in a Taking Leave Party they hosted. Dr. Samy had a productive career as a cardiac surgeon for over 30 years and an active social life with a large circle of friends.

After temporarily moving to Florida after retirement, the Samys shuttled between their home in Florida and Pittsburgh for several years. Then, they decided to permanently move to Ft. Lauderdale. So, the evening of the taking leave party was full of nostalgia, mirth, laughter, with roasts, music, and of course, good food.

Dr. Samy earned his MBBS degree from Stanley Medical College in Chennai. He had his thoracic surgery practice in Dubuque, Iowa for 10 years, and then in Pittsburgh, PA for over 30 years. As the chairman of the Tamil Nadu Foundation, he organized two national conferences of the Foundation in Pittsburgh. Their son Sridhar and daughter-in-law Laxmi live in Chicago. The Samys love their twin grand kids, Sia and Shyla.

Both Samy and Renuka love charity and social services. Their friends in Pittsburgh wish Samy the best golfing in Florida, and an ever-expanding circle of friends for Renuka not only in Ft. Lauderdale, but all across Florida as well. (Graphics courtesy of R. Venkataramanan)   ♣  


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