Former president S R Nathan's family at SGH; Mrs Nathan holding up well, says daughter Juthika

Mr S R Nathan and his wife Urmila posing for a picture together in their living room on Aug 21, 1999.
Mr S R Nathan and his wife Urmila posing for a picture together in their living room on Aug 21, 1999.PHOTO: ST FILE
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing arriving at Singapore General Hospital after hearing news of the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing arriving at Singapore General Hospital after hearing news of the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan arriving at SGH after hearing the news of the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan arriving at SGH after hearing the news of the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Former Straits Times editor-in-chief Peter Lim at SGH after hearing news of the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.
Former Straits Times editor-in-chief Peter Lim at SGH after hearing news of the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Singapore's ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan arriving at SGH after news broke about the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.
Singapore's ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan arriving at SGH after news broke about the death of former president S R Nathan, on Aug 22, 2016.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Singapore's ambassador to Mexico Jennie Chua arriving at SGH on Aug 22, 2016.
Singapore's ambassador to Mexico Jennie Chua arriving at SGH on Aug 22, 2016.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE -The family of the late former president S R Nathan is at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), says Mr Nathan's daughter Juthika on Monday night.

Ms Juthika Ramanathan, chief executive of the Supreme Court, tells The Straits Times shortly before midnight that her mother, Mrs Urmila Nathan, 87, is holding up well.

"We are still at the hospital. She is fine, thank you," says Ms Ramanathan over the phone.

Mr Nathan died at 9.48pm at the hospital, at age 92. Besides Mrs Nathan and daughter Juthika, he also leaves behind son Osith and three grandchildren.

Government ministers and close family friends arrived in quick succession at the hospital to pay their respects.

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing arrived at the hospital separately between 10pm and 11pm.

 

They were in a sombre mood, and did not speak to the media.

A table has been set up at Block 5 of the hospital for members of the public to leave their tributes.

 

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The late Mr Nathan suffered a stroke on the morning of July 31 and was warded in SGH on the same day.

Other individuals who visited on Monday night included ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan, Singapore's ambassador to Mexico Jennie Chua, and Mr Peter Lim, former editor-in-chief of The Straits Times.

 

Mr Nathan was a former diplomat and served as the permanent secretary for the Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1979 to 1982.

After his retirement from the civil service in 1982, he was executive chairman of The Straits Times Press, the predecessor of Singapore Press Holdings until 1988.

Mr Nathan was appointed as high commissioner to Malaysia from 1988 to 1990, and as ambassador to the United States from 1990 to 1996.