Rettakudi G. “Raj” Nagarajan, who retired in 2001 from Montgomery County Public Schools as director of procurement, died Dec. 11 at the ManorCare nursing home in Potomac. He was 81.

The cause was prostate cancer, said his daughter Usha Narayanan.

Mr. Nagarajan spent his early career working for the government of his native India. He settled in the Washington area in 1966 to help administer the U.S. Food for Peace program for India.

He worked as an accountant at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria while studying for a master’s degree in business administration at George Washington University. He received the degree in 1972 and joined the Montgomery County Public Schools the next year as a payroll accountant.

In addition to his work for the school system, he spent nearly 30 years as a certified public accountant specializing in tax accounting.

Rettakudi Ganesan Nagarajan was born in Nannilam, India, and raised in Bangalore and Rettakudi, India. He was a 1952 graduate of Loyola College in Chennai, India. He became a U.S. citizen in 1995.

He was a Potomac resident and a founding member of Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, where he was on the board. He was also a founding member of Baghyva Village, a retirement community now being developed in Lanham.

He was a founding member of Hindu American Community Services Inc., a volunteer organization. He also volunteered as a reader for the blind, elderly and disabled.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Pichammal Ramachandran Nagarajan of Potomac; three daughters, Vijaya Nagarajan of Berkeley, Calif., Usha Narayanan of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Vaijayanthimala Nagarajan of Potomac; and four grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein