Kumarasamy “Sam” Shanmugan of Lawrence passed away at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, August 1. He was 74.
Sam was born in a small town in India on January 6, 1943. He emigrated to the United States in 1967 and first moved to Lawrence in 1970 as a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas University. After teaching at Wichita State University, he returned to Lawrence in 1980 to join the KU faculty and became a distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was active in the Lawrence community and served as a member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Sam is survived by his wife of 48 years, Radha; his sons, Kannon and Ravi; his daughter-in-law, Victoria; and his grandsons, Thomas, William, and Henry.
A memorial service will be held at KU at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shanmugam Family Neurosurgery Research Fund at KU Medical Center. Donations may be made through the KU Endowment at kuendowment.org. Online condolences may be posted at warrenmcelwain.com.