Dr. Andrew Kaitan Koli, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 18, 2015, surrounded by his family who loved and cared for him during his extended illness.A Celebration of Life Service was held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015, at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, Orangeburg, SC. The family received friends following the service at the funeral home.A Funeral Mass was held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial followed in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg, SC.He was born and raised in Madh Island, Mumbai, India. From a young age, Dr. Koli was adventuresome. He traveled extensively in India, spoke many Indian languages, and was involved in the politics. In India, he was an integral participant in local city council. He is revered in his hometown as a pioneer in education and community service for the generations after him.After earning a BS and two MS degrees in Chemistry while living in India, Dr. Koli moved to Washington, DC in 1961 where he earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry. He then moved to Orangeburg, SC where he was a Professor of Organic Chemistry at South Carolina State University from 1968 to 2005.Dr. Koli attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church for the past 47 years. He had a passion for exercising, healthy living, gardening and landscaping, watching Indian movies, spending time with friends, and traveling the world. He loved his family and most of all he took pride in his grandchildren.He leaves behind his devoted wife of 59 years, Anna A. Koli; his son, Dr. Vijay A. Koli (Cyndi Koli) of Lexington, SC; his daughter, Sangita A. Koli (Dr Jaydeep Lamba) of Chapel Hill, NC; three beloved grandchildren , Sajan Lamba, Kesar Lamba, and Avinash Lamba; as well as. many relatives and loved ones in India.In lieu of flowers the family asks donations to be made in memory of Dr. Andrew K. Koli to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2202 Riverbank Dr., Orangeburg, SC 29118 or The American Diabetes Association,www.diabetes.org
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