Sushama “Sushie” Rath, a longtime information technology employee, passed away on August 19 following an illness. A private family Hindu service was held the same day.
Rath, a senior systems analyst, worked at the College for more than 32 years and was due to retire September 1. Her contributions to the College were numerous. She was the supervisor of the programming unit that created NOVA’s mainframe registration system and she maintained all of the College’s mainframe programs prior to the Virginia Community College System’s move to PeopleSoft. Her expertise was crucial when she oversaw the conversion of the College’s mainframe to PeopleSoft.
“She will be missed by all who worked with her,” said Art Cavanagh, director of college information systems.
Rath was born in Berhampur, Orissa, India, and earned a master’s degree in English literature from Allahabad University and another master’s degree in American literature from Washington State University.
In the late 1960s, she was pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh, but she put her studies aside after giving birth to twin boys. She wanted to concentrate on raising her children, including a daughter born a few years earlier. When her children were older, Rath began studying computer software, which eventually led to her position at NOVA.
Rath is survived by her husband, three children and four grandchildren.