After watching the UCLA-Cal basketball game at Pauley Pavilion on February 18, Naidu was driving out of the parking lot when he suffered a heart attack, from which he never regained consciousness.
Jane Permaul, his wife of 54 years, said he had heart disease, and as he aged his heart grew weaker, but his death was sudden and unexpected.
Naidu was born in Aruba on June 11, 1939, to Guy Stanton and Florence (Lawrence) Permaul. The family moved to British Guyana, where he began high school.
His father fought in World War II for the United States and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. The family moved to America and Naidu completed high school in 1957 at Hoover High in Glendale.
He attended UCLA and majored in political science, then did graduate work in medieval history, while working at a UCLA residence hall and UCLA Extension.
Naidu enjoyed sports and was a die-hard BRUIN, having lettered in soccer while a student. He followed the football and men’s basketball teams. He and wife Jane were honored as members of the John Wooden Athletic Fund for 55 years.
While working at the residence hall, Naidu met Jane Szutu in 1964 and they began dating.
In 1966, he started a full-time job as a personnel analyst with the County of Los Angeles. He continued to take on responsibilities in the Human Resources Department, until his retirement in 2000.
Jane and Naidu married in 1967 at his parents’ home in Sunland, California. The couple’s first child, Lawrence, was born in 1972.
The Permauls moved to the Palisades in September 1973, because of the excellent public schools. A second child, Lauren, was born in 1981.
Naidu enjoyed the Palisades community and was a long-time member of the Optimist Club, where he served as president twice. Many feel that Naidu personified what the organization stands for: “To be SO STRONG that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.”
He made many treasured friends in the club, including the “Fearsome Foursome,” which included Alan Hanson, Chuck McGlothlin and Connie Solum. The four golfed weekly for 20 years.
Naidu also served a term on the Palisades Community Council.
Shortly after retirement, he was introduced to the PLATO Society, which was affiliated with UCLA Extension. He loved the Self Study Groups, leading some and coordinating others. Through PLATO, he made more friends, who also enjoyed scholarly pursuits.
Naidu’s family was important to him. Since his parents passed away some years ago, he was seen as the “patriarch” of the Permaul and Lawrence family that was scattered primarily in the U.S., Canada and England.
He is survived by his wife, Jane, and grown children, Lauren and Larry; his three grandsons, Ethan, Camden and Harrison, and his siblings, Jammel Turner and Nadesan Permaul, and many more cousins, nephews and nieces and their families, not to mention the many “best friends” he had.
He is loved and blessed — and will be missed.
A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity in Naidu’s name.