Rao, Kris (1932–2000)

Kris Rao, November 1977.
Linda Holoboff (Saskatchewan Archives Board) S-SP-A7776-1, Saskatoon StarPhoenix fonds

Kris Rao was born in Sina, Mysore, India, on August 2, 1932. He graduated from Stanley Medical College in Madras, where he married a fellow medical student, Leela Leelavathi. After completion of their internships they left India and obtained residency positions in Middletown, Connecticut—Kris in Radiology and Leela in Pathology. He did his final years of radiology in Saskatoon and spent his professional career with Associated Radiologists in that city. Kris was a tireless volunteer, giving of his time and expertise to local, national and international charities—including short stints with MEDICO-CARE in Afghanistan. He was a founder of the first Hindu temple in Saskatoon. Rao believed we all have a responsibility to give back to our community and country some of the benefits we have received; this he did in full measure. He received a number of honours, the greatest being the Order of Canada in 1992. He died during a visit to India on January 10, 2000.

Gordon Bray