David J. Ramnath Foundation Fund


David Ramnath was born in Bangalore, India. He studied at Clarence High School and then completed a Bachelor of Science degree at St. Joseph's College in Bangalore. David represented both the college and university in field hockey and was the university pole vault champion his senior year. David worked for the Reserve Bank of India until July 4th, 1981. He then settled in Clinton, Iowa, where he and his wife, Monis, raised their children, Deepak and Rohini.

For over twenty years, David worked for Clinton National Bank in an array of capacities including teller, branch manager, and bank officer, prior to his retirement. David was a master at quickly getting to know people and then developing acquaintances into deep friendships. His capability to inject humor, his love of singing, and aptitude to befriend all who were fortunate enough to have passed through his life are the ways in which David is most lovingly remembered.

David found great satisfaction serving his community. Some highlights of David's civic endeavors included Kiwanis Club, Eastern Iowa Community College's B-rrry Scurry 4-mile race, and YMCA soccer. David was an avid tennis player and shared his knowledge and teaching skills with players of all ages and abilities. He played competitively as an adult and recreationally with friends, family and young people. David coached at Pleasant Valley High School for four years. He had a supreme rapport with the boys’ and girls’ teams. David was known throughout the Mississippi Athletic Conference for his positive approach to coaching and his desire to see every player succeed both on and off the court. He shared his enormous, encouraging smile with players and spectators, opponents and teammates.

David passed away from cancer on August 6, 2011. As a way to honor David’s purpose-filled life, family and friends from around the world came together to fund the David J. Ramnath Memorial Scholarship. Since it was established in 2012, it is awarded each year to a graduating senior from Pleasant Valley High School who has participated in at least one sport each year of high-school and who demonstrates academic achievement and involvement in the community.

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