Dr. Krishna K. Misra, son of Braj Bhushan Misra and Kripa Devi left his body during the early afternoon of August 14, 2019, at the age of 87. He was an alumnus of Yale and Missouri S&T, a petroleum geologist and globetrotter.
He came from humble beginnings in the tiny village of Gopiganj, in the Kanpur District of Uttar Pradesh, where his father was a staunch freedom fighter alongside Mahatma Gandhi himself. He became the first member of his family to emigrate from India after being accepted into Yale University in 1957. His studies culminated on May 31, 1964, when he received his Ph.D. from the Missouri School of Mines (currently Missouri S&T) having conducted numerous field studies and research projects. From then until 1976, ‘Krish’, as his American contemporaries and peers came to call him, traveled the world for both business and pleasure. He plied his trade with numerous companies across the globe from Sun Oil in Tulsa OK, to oil fields in TX, Venezuela, and Libya.
In 1965, he took a ‘trip of a lifetime’ as he called it - a 3-month trek through 35 cities across 29 different countries. Oh, and in between, he managed to open one of the first Indian restaurants in OK during the early 60s! 1976 found him back in where he began his 42-year love story by marrying Kshama Shukla. In 1977 his eldest son, Manav was born. The work continued in San Antonio and then in Libya after that, as did more traveling across Western Europe.1985 marked his retirement from the petroleum industry and the purchase of his family’s first home in Rolla, MO. 1986 saw the birth of his second son, Tavish. The family travels continued, albeit domestically; Disney World, the Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, to name a few.
In 1992 he moved his family to NOLA. For several years after that, he pursued various hobbies and interests, including , photography, and videography, and...yes, taxes! He also served the community during election times and as a substitute teacher.
By now, aside from Antarctica, there was only 1 other continent left for him to visit - Australia. In 2001, he and Kshama enjoyed their 25th anniversary there!
During his later years, he remained active even taking a short hike with his eldest son and 2 grandkids! He enjoyed reading and watching classic television, including The 3 Stooges, sitcoms and westerns. He enjoyed game shows such as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He introduced his youngest granddaughter, Lily to one of her favorite shows, The Andy Griffith Show.
He is survived by his wife, Kshama and his sons Manav and Tavish and their respective wives Charity and Nicole, along with 2 granddaughters, Uma, and Lily aged 14 and 10 respectively.
Funeral services will be held at Garden of Memories Funeral Home in Metairie at 1 PM on Saturday, August 24th, 2019.
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