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Memorial Service for “Sesh” Rao Friday

Murdered grad student to be remembered at SMG

A memorial service for Kanagala Seshadri Rao, “a brilliant mind with great potential and a wonderful colleague and friend,” is on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave.

A memorial service will be held Friday for Kanagala Seshadri Rao, the Graduate School of Management student who was found shot to death in Allston on April 19.

Rao, a 24-year-old native of India, was known by his nickname, “Sesh.” Friends and faculty have described him as an exceptional person and a gifted student known for his kindness. He came to BU in September to enroll in a mathematical finance program.

The memorial service will be held this Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the School of Management Auditorium. Scheduled to speak are Rev. Robert Allan Hill, dean of Marsh Chapel, Kenneth Freeman, SMG’s Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, and Kenneth Elmore (SED’87), dean of students. In an email sent out last week to the SMG community, Freeman wrote: “Our community and the world have lost a brilliant mind with great potential and a wonderful colleague and friend.”

Speaking on behalf of the BU faculty at the service will be one of Rao’s teachers, Marcel Rindisbacher, an SMG associate professor of finance.

Shreekanta Nayak, president of the National Council of Asian Indian Associations, will speak on behalf of the Rao family.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. The case remains under investigation.

The memorial service for Kanagala Seshadri Rao will take place on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave. The service is open to the public, but closed to the press. A reception, to be held in the SMG Atrium, will immediately follow the service.

The BU community is invited to share their thoughts and memories of Rao on the SMG Colleagues Remembered website.

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  • NNezhat on 05.02.2012 at 11:41 am

    It’s a relief to see BU taking such initiative. This memorial is something I had hoped for since the tragic accident. In such trying semester for those of us within the BU community, this senseless death should serve as a catalyst for us to reassess our values and goals during our short time here at the University. Thank you BU, this means a lot.

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