In Memory of

G.

S.

Gopalakrishna

Obituary for G. S. Gopalakrishna

Gopalakrishna Sreenivasa Gopalachar was born to Alamelamma and Gopalakrishnamachar Sreenivasagopalachar on June 24, 1946 in T. Narasipur, Karnataka, India, the seventh of ten children. Even at a young age, he was interested in all things scientific: physics, mechanics, and engineering, eventually pursuing a career in medicine. He received his medical degree from Mysore Medical College in 1969. He married Shanthi Kesavan on November 13, 1972 and they moved to New York, where their daughter Veena was born. They moved to Houston, where, after completing his medical fellowship in Guatemala, their daughter Vidya was born.

Dr. Gopalakrishna was a Pediatric Gastroenterologist with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, where he was affectionately referred to as “Dr. Krishna” by patients and staff. He became a member of the American Board of Pediatrics. He cared for his patients for over 55 years, before retiring in 2019.

Dr. Gopalakrishna was an active and prominent member of the Hindu community in Houston, taking part in organizations such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Kannada Vrinda and Sri Meenakshi Temple Society. He and his family attended Sri Meenakshi Temple, on whose board he served for two years as secretary, one year as vice chairman, and one year as chairman. His many contributions helped to grow and shape the temple, and he enjoyed volunteering his time to set up various festivals, teach yoga to children at the temple, and offer his services as doctor for several years for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad camp.

Dr. Gopalakrishna spent his life caring for others: his family, his friends, and his patients. He found great pleasure in cooking and gardening, and was generous with his advice and knowledge, and always gave himself 100% to any task he took on. He passed away on February 7, 2024 in Houston, TX, at the age of 77.

Dr. Gopalakrishna was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings Venugopala, Sundararaman, and Saralamma. He is loved and survived by his wife Shanthi, his daughters and sons-in-law, Veena and Chander Jain, and Vidya and Justin Travis, and his three grandchildren, Nikhil, Kushal, and Pradyumna, and his siblings Leelamma, Parthasarathy, Vasanthamma, Pankaja, Muralidhara, Sheshadri, and Rajalakshmi, as well as extended family.