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Venugopal Talkad will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Vanita, his children Arun (Tracy) and Rajeev (Sonnee) and his three grandchildren Alexander, Shayla and Nathan.  He peacefully passed in his sleep on the morning of October 18, 2020 in his home and in the presence of family.  He will be very fondly remembered as “Mr. Cowboy” and was a man of simple living and humble thoughts. Besides his family and friends, he lived in three worlds – his teaching world, his photography world and his love for football and the Dallas Cowboys.  His family and friends never needed a professional photographer because you could count on him for every social function.  He was always generous with his time and energy and he made everyone happy by capturing all of their treasured moments.  Most of those moments occurred in the United States because he loved being here, and was tireless in helping others achieve the “American Dream” by coming to this country from India.

He was an accomplished researcher and teacher and enjoyed the academic pursuit for his entire life.  His teaching gave him great pleasure because it was never just a job for him but a calling.  In the end, it was his failing health, not his lack of desire for teaching, which forced him into “retirement”.  Nevertheless, he will be remembered as a meticulous teacher, avid photographer, rabid Cowboy fan and devoted husband, father and grandfather