Valsan Pookottu John
Valsan Pookottu John
  • September 9, 1945 - February 12, 2017
  • Irving, Texas

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Valsan Pookottu John, affectionately known as Valsan, was born on September 9, 1945 into the Kappil Pookottu family at Omalloor near Pathanamthitta. He lost his father at the young age of 10 and was raised by his brother the late Mr. P J Mathew (Head Master, Marthoma High School, Pathanamthitta). He completed his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from T.K.M College of Engineering, Kollam and his Masters at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum as well as the School of Planning and Transportation, New Delhi

He married Valsa (Dr. Annamma George) and settled in Trivandrum, where he worked as a Civil engineer in the Kerala State PWD, to rise up the ranks to Deputy Chief Engineer. He received a prestigious British Common Wealth scholarship for masters in Highway Engineering at the University of Birmingham, England. His notable projects included the bridge known as “Ranni Palam”, the Sabarimala access highway and the Kovalam-Kazhakootam bypass. He was subsequently appointed as General Manager of the National Highway Authority of India, during which, he was instrumental in the construction of segments of the Golden Quadrilateral National Highway between Chennai and Calcutta. He received a gold medal for his work on the Nityananda Polytechnic college, Kanhangad and a special appreciation from Kerala High court for his exceptional work on Sabarimala access highway.

After his retirement, he immigrated to United States to join his children, initially in Cleveland, Ohio (2006) and Dallas (2012). He was a member of the Mar Thoma Church of Omalloor, the Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church, Trivandrum and the Marthoma Church of Dallas, Farmers Branch. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Annamma George (Gynaecologist) ; children, Dr. Binu Valsan John, (Liver Transplant specialist Richmond,VA), Susan Valsan John (manager TCS, Bangalore) and Bipin George John, (Program Manager, Infosys, Dallas); Children-in-law : Dr. Smitha John, Binoy Abraham and Priya Mathew Elanjickal; Grandchildren : Matthew, Irene, Joel, Abel, Noel, Ethan and Evelyn and sisters Mary Mathai (Idaho) and Dr. Leelamma Athyal (Thiruvalla).

Dad was a God-fearing man and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed travelling all over the world and had a passion for reading and listening to music. He was especially known for his unmatched sense of humor and unique ability to make everyone from little children to the elderly laugh. We are proud of the great legacy he has left behind for his children, grandchildren, and future generations.