Dr. Sudhakara Reddy made a great impact on the Statesboro community during his years of practice as a pediatrician. Following his death Tuesday at age 84, area residents shared fond memories and a deep respect for a man they said “truly cared for his patients.”
Reddy passed away at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro May 21, 2019.
Born India on
January 11, 1935, he was medical director of a children’s hospital in India before moving to the United States with his family. He practiced in Statesboro for over 20 years.
Bill Taylor, who works for Ogeechee Area Hospice, said he was honored to share time with Reddy in his last days. The pediatrician meant the world to Taylor and his wife Linda, as he cared for their son Andrew for tears. Andrew suffered heart defects that led to a lifetime of special needs, he said.
“We have known Dr. Reddy for a long time,” he said. “He was a very quiet, most intelligent, man I have ever dealt with. You could depend on that anything he ever told you was factual.”
Linda Taylor was emotional as she spoke of Reddy.
“He was totally dedicated to his profession, and treated everyone the same in providing excellent care,” she said.
Reddy completed his pediatric residency at New York Methodist Hospital in 1973. He was board certified prior to the completion of the two-year residency.
He practiced medicine in Staten Island from 1973 to 1977, then moved to Georgia where he established Statesboro Pediatric Clinic.
In 1991 he was joined in practice by his son Dr. Swaroop Reddy and continued in practice until 1996.
Statesboro is blessed to have attracted a doctor of Reddy’s caliber, said Phyllis Thompson, president of the Statesboro Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce.
“He was both reserved and warm,” she said. “He was dignified, and his kind of knowledge” was invaluable. “He was expertly trained” and practicing during the time he did, he “did not have sub-specialists” but had to handle every aspect of children’s health himself, she said. “He was an admirable gentleman.”
When not working with children, Reddy enjoyed gardening, fixing things around the house and doing carpentry work.
Pineland Mental Health BHDD Executive Director June DiPolito said both her daughters grew up under Reddy’s care. He took great interest in the treatment of her special needs child, she said.
“Dr. Reddy was an outstanding pediatrician, the kindest, most gentle man,” she said. “He went above and beyond for everyone he served. He was one of those doctors you longed for.”
Reddy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sarojin; his daughter Kalpana Nayak; sons Bhanu Reddy and Swaroop Reddy; son-in-law Dinesh Nayak, and daughters-in-law Prathima Reddy and Rani Reddy,as well as seven grandchildren, as well as several brothers, sisters and other reolatives.
The family will receive visitors Friday, May 31st from 6 to 8 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice PO Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459, or to a charity of choice.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.