Dr. Sridhar Mothkur was passionate about his children and family, son Venkat Mothkur said.
Mothkur was the pillar of his family and the glue that bonded them together, his son said. He had the ability to manage people, put them at peace and motivate them to work together.
“He was a great family person, a great leader, manager and moderator,” Venkat Mothkur said. “We have a large family. He was a big presence in all our lives. With my extended family, my family and his friends, he made any event a little more light-hearted and happy. He was fun.”
When Mothkur retired, caring for his grandchildren and his spirituality became his priorities.
“He was Hindu and did a lot of meditation and introspection,” Venkat Mothkur said.
“He had a sincerity and lovingness about him, a sincere happiness and a connection he would develop with everyone,” Venkat Mothkur said.
Sridhar Mothkur came from poor means in his youth, and there was no superficiality about him, Venkat Mothkur said. Whether speaking to a person one on one or being lively in a group, Mothkur connected with individuals in a meaningful way.
Mothkur, 62, of Chesterton, was a radiologist at Franciscan St. Anthony Health for 20 years. He had been a contractor with Michigan City Radiologists.
His older brother, who was in the medical profession, sparked a flame in him. When Mothkur’s father died, his brother guided and helped him along his educational path in medicine.
Mothkur met his wife, Sheila, in India while both were in medical school and interned at same location.
“Between his family and his work, he sacrificed so many things in his life,” Venkat Mothkur said. “Nothing was about him, but about how he could better put his energy into making everything better and everyone OK.”