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Obituary: Radhakrishnan Gopalan, professor of finance, 50 – The Supply – Washington College in St. Louis – Washington College in St. Louis


Radhakrishnan Gopalan, a longtime, beloved professor of finance at Olin Enterprise Faculty at Washington College in St. Louis, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, of most cancers. He was 50.

Born in 1972 in Chennai, India, Gopalan joined the college in 2006 after incomes his PhD in finance from the College of Michigan. Earlier than that, he labored for 5 years within the challenge finance division of a number one Indian financial institution. Most lately, he served as the tutorial director of Olin’s Mumbai-based govt MBA program, in partnership with IIT-Bombay.

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Gopalan

“Radha was a pricey buddy, former scholar of mine, an esteemed researcher and a revered trainer and mentor to Olin college students,” mentioned Anjan Thakor, interim dean of Olin Enterprise Faculty and the John E. Simon Professor of Finance. “Our grief over this tragic loss is nice, however so is our gratitude for the lifetime of our buddy.”

In remembering Gopalan, colleagues and mates recalled that he was an impartial thinker who beloved to name himself the “satan’s advocate” in any dialog. He was properly beloved for his form coronary heart, heat smile, fast wit and humor.

“Radha was a really particular particular person — good thoughts, heat coronary heart, witty humor, caring and compassionate, a change agent and at all times encouraging his college students and colleagues to do higher and transfer ahead,” mentioned Mahendra R. Gupta, a former dean and the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Administration.

“His analysis impression is world and so is his help for these in want. His presence was felt by all when he was within the room, and other people paid consideration to his phrases. He will likely be missed within the halls of Olin however dwell in our hearts perpetually.”

A prolific researcher, Gopalan authored greater than two dozen educational papers on subjects together with company finance, company governance, rising market monetary programs, mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring, entrepreneurial finance and family finance. He was a go-to finance knowledgeable for journalists and researchers alike. His analysis collected almost 4,000 citations through the years, in response to Google Scholar notes.

Gopalan’s accomplishments have been many. He was a recipient of Olin’s Reid instructing award, an annual award introduced by Olin graduating college students to the professors whose enthusiasm and distinctive instructing most encourage, energize and remodel college students.

He additionally was a two-time winner of the Olin Award, which is given in recognition for analysis most certainly to have a right away impression on enterprise. In 2011, Poets & Quants chosen Gopalan as one of many “40 finest enterprise college professors below 40.”

He leaves behind his spouse, Sundari Balan, an adjunct lecturer in enterprise at Olin and at College Faculty, in addition to two youngsters — Ananya, a sophomore at Washington College, and Shrey, an eighth grader at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Nation Day Faculty.

Gopalan was an avid runner and was very energetic in supporting the nonprofit Asha for Education, a corporation devoted to offering schooling to underprivileged youngsters in India. In lieu of flowers, the household requests memorial donations to Asha.

A memorial service was held Dec. 8 at Schrader Funeral Dwelling & Crematory. To depart a remembrance, go to the Olin blog.

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