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Dr. Abbiah Narayana Reddy, 83

Dr. Abbiah Narayana Reddy, age 83, of Orange Park, Fla., passed away on January 18, 2022.

A.N., as he was affectionately called by friends and patients, was born June 14, 1938 in a small village outside of Bangalore, in Karnataka State, India, to Gowramma and Muni Reddy. The eldest of five boys, A.N. and his brothers grew up tilling their father’s land, with the expectation that they’d all stay home to farm it. But A.N.’s early interest in the sciences and the world beyond farming took him to the city center of Bangalore to attend college for Engineering and then later, medical school. He married Jaya V. Reddy in 1965, and the young couple moved to the U.K. for A.N. to complete his general and pediatric surgical rotations. A.N. always said that his time at the University of Edinburgh was one of the most influential educational experiences of his life. While there, he earned the prestigious qualification of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

Little did he know, a surgical residency at Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., would bring the couple stateside permanently. This was followed by a urology residency at the University of Cincinnati, where his two daughters, Madhavi and Mamata, were born. Upon completion of his residency, A.N. accepted a position in a group medical practice at Kneibert Clinic and Doctors Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. His son, Vinaya, was born there, and the family settled in to see all three children through to college. A.N. served on numerous committees within the group practice, and was a revered and recognized urological surgeon in town. He spent his time off from work road tripping during summers with his family to see old friends from medical school all over the country. His hobbies included gardening, tracking his beloved St. Louis Cardinals throughout each baseball season, and being the family photographer. He was a savvy, self-taught investor, and managing his own investments remained an avid interest throughout his lifetime.

In 2003, A.N. retired from a long and accomplished career as a physician and pillar of his community, and he and Jaya moved to Orange Park. They made fast friends with many people and joined the Hindu Temple of Northeast Florida to meet many more! A.N. and Jaya loved to travel, both with their children when together in Missouri and as retirees based in Florida. Among their favorite adventures were an Alaskan cruise, a trip to Australia, a tour of Turkey, and numerous extended stays back home in India.

Being a kind and dependable father was of the utmost importance to A.N., and he was the same kind of grandfather to his six grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jaya Reddy; his daughter, Madhavi (husband Kartik Boorgu, and granddaughters Malini and Shanti); his daughter, Mamata (husband Michael Herbst, and grandson Zubin and granddaughter Zahra); and his son, Vinaya (wife Mitva Patel, and grandsons Deven and Nikhil). He was preceded in passing by his parents and three brothers, Chowdappa, Pappa, and Srinivas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in his honor to the Hindu Society of Northeast Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville, FL  32258.

Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL  32043.  Family and friends may share their condolences at: 904-284-7720

  • Hamsa Ramanujam

    Dear Jaya Aunty and Family,

    We are so sad about Reddy Uncle. He was always so kind to me for more than the last 10 years. Encouraging me through high school, college, and afterwards. I will miss talking to him. Thinking of all of you during this time.

    – Hamsa, Raju, and Sumangala

  • Parvesh Saluja

    Oh Jaya
    I am so sorry. Please tell me how can I help you. It is heart breaking. Praying for his soul and you for strength. I will call you later.

  • S Steve Samudrala

    I am so sorry. Praying and we would love to convey our condolences. Uncle was a nice man and you have a wonderful family.
    With Love, Sreedhar, Kairali, Sithara & Savitha Samudrala