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UHV former head of business studies dies

By FROM PRESS RELEASE
April 22, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.

Vassudeo "Ron" Sardessai

Memorial services

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sardessai home in Missouri City, said his son, Raj Sardessai of Houston. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Garden Oaks Funeral Home, 13430 Bellaire Blvd., in Houston.

The University of Houston-Victoria is grieving the loss of Vassudeo "Ron" Sardessai, a management professor at the university.

Sardessai, 70, died at his home Wednesday in Missouri City.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a dedicated colleague and friend of the School of Business Administration," said Farhand Nirromand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. "He has contributed in many ways to the school's growth and success, from educating students, to hiring faculty and staff, to helping out with day-to-day activities."

Two faculty members will fill in for his Contemporary Management Issues graduate class.

Sardessai was born in Margao, Goa, India, and received a bachelor's degree in English from Bombay University in 1963. He was awarded his master's and doctoral degrees in management from the University of North Texas in 1969 and 1977.

He began his teaching career in 1969, working at Tennessee State University, the University of Texas-Tyler and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, before settling in Victoria in 1985.

Sardessai started as an assistant professor of business at UHV in 1985 and later became an associate professor. Eventually, he became chair of the UHV Division of Business

UHV Interim President Don Smith said Sardessai was a longtime personal friend and asset to the university.

"I have known Ron for 25 years. He has been a cherished part of my life, and in memory he will remain that," Smith said. "He has also been an important part of the university's history and a primary contributor to its development."

He was an avid fan of soccer, football and basketball.

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