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2250 St Anthony Boulevard NE, Minneapolis, MN


Kakambi Veerappa Nagaraja

June 2, 1944July 22, 2020

Kakambi Veerappa Nagaraja was born on June 2, 1944 and passed away on July 22, 2020 and is under the care of Sunset Funeral Chapel.

Funeral Service will be held on July 26, 2020 at 11:00 am at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Public Visitation will be held on July 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Public Visitation

    Sunday, July 26, 2020


Kakambi Veerappa Nagaraja

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Ron Foss

August 3, 2020

I remember meeting Raj the first time shortly after moving in to the house on the same street in 1991. He was a great friend to me and always around if I needed help. I feel all the richer for having known him. My condolences to Lockshmee and Pridjeth.

Suresh Dua

July 29, 2020

I met Dr. Nagaraja in 1974 when we were graduate students at the university of Minnesota during 1973-1978. Thereafter, I joined USDA. My heartfelt condolences with the family. May his soul rest in peace. Dr. Nagaraja was a decent person and always helpful. we used to communicate but last communication was in last November, 2019. It was very shocking to know such demise. He will be missed.

Suresh Dua

M Suresh

July 27, 2020

Dr. Nagaraja was a great mentor and a father figure for me. His help was instrumental in my pursuit of graduate studies at University of Minnesota. He was an outstanding scientist, teacher and a mentor. Above all, he was a superlative human being who lived a life punctuated by humility, honor and dignity. I have the highest regard for him and pray that his soul Rest In Eternal Peace. I also would like to convey my deepest condolences to Mrs. Lakshmi and Mr. Prajeeth.

Chitra Edwin

July 27, 2020

I met Dr. Nagaraj when I first arrived as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota from Bangalore. The entire 4.5 years in St. Paul he was extremely helpful, a loyal friend who did me innumerable favors. These included advice with handling departmental issues, rides to the grocery store, shopping malls, airports etc and always a kind, listening ear to my problems as a new grad student. My family had the opportunity to met Lakshmi and Prajeeth when they visited us in Boston many years later. He still kept in touch with periodic phone calls and made enquires about my family. He was so proud of his son, and enjoyed Lakshmi’s amazing cooking. Nagaraj was always cheerful, positive and upbeat. I rarely ever heard him complain or criticize anyone. He will be missed.

Malleshappa Rajashekhar

July 27, 2020

Prof. K.V. Nagaraja’s sad demise is devastating to me as he was my oldest professional colleague and a classmate at Bengaluru Veterinary College since 1961. Then we worked together at the same institution till he left for PhD at University of Minnesota where he excelled to reach Professorship and to globally acclaimed Salmonella researcher. He was an eminent scientist and his outstanding research contributions to the US poultry and Turkey industry are exemplary. He was deeply involved as Advisor to many teaching/research institutions and commercial poultry companies in many countries, including India.

Prof Nagaraja strongly supported international graduate students programmes, including India in his department. I was one of the beneficiaries as ‘Visiting Associate Professor’ at his department during 1993 and was deeply impressed with his innovative research programmes. He personally organized my visits to NVSL, Ames, Iowa and CEAH at Fort Collins, Colorado which greatly helped me to pursue new research at my institute in Bengaluru.

Prof. Nagaraja was a simple, humble and most unassuming courteous person, always willing to help others. It is a personal loss for me to lose such a great personality in my life.

S.K. Vijayasarathi

July 27, 2020

Me and KVN came together during 1961 when we started our veterinary schooling. Since then we have been close friends till he passed away recently. Our association was very close and extremely cordial. We were not only classmates but also colleagues after completion of graduation B.V.Sc (DVM) worked together for a couple of years, before he left for Minnesota (USA) to pursue his further studies. After completing his doctoral programme he joined as a staff in the department of Microbiology and served the organization at various capacities and ultimately was head of the microbiology department. During his tenure he was extremely active in the academic and research field rendering amazing achievements. He was not only active in teaching the graduate and postgraduate students but also guided a large number of students to get their masters and doctoral degrees. He simultaneously involved in publishing large numbers of research articles and also contributed chapters in renowned text books. I am extremely proud of his contribution in the field of Salmonellosis.

To sum it up his achievement in the area of academic and research field has been something a matter for congratulation, a matter for complimenting and also a matter for applauding.

Jagannath Sreenivas

July 27, 2020

Prof. KV Nagaraja is known to me for the past 60 years. He was my classmate during my graduate studies (1961-1966) and later as staff member of Veterinary college, Bangalore. We used to study together which helped us to interact and understand the subjects thoroughly.
He was one of the finest gentlemen, hardworking, sincere, upright and committed person for teaching and research. He pursued his ambition to achieve academic excellence as evidenced by guiding several post graduate and doctoral students, besides pioneering research work in the field of poultry science.
I was shocked as my closest colleague Prof. Nagaraja left for his heavenly abode. He touched everyone’s heart with his exceptional love and affection towards his colleague’s kith and kin. I pray the almighty give his soul eternal bliss and courage to bear the loss to his family members …


July 26, 2020

I first met Dr. Nagaraja in the fall of 1988. He accepted me as his graduate student and provided the opportunity to complete my graduate program at the University of Minnesota. I believe that if it was not for him taking a “chance on me”, I will not be in a position that I am today…..and for that I will always be grateful. In addition, he looked out for me beyond my graduate program in making sure that I could gain entry in the workplace. Dr. Nagaraja was not only my advisor in graduate school but a mentor and finally a friend. Through the years our interaction developed into our families have a friendship that we will always cherish. Dr. Nagaraja’s love for children was tangible…… he would always make sure to inquire about our children in our regular phone conversation. He loved his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lakshmi and Prajeth.
Dr. Nagaraja, you were a gentlemen and a class act. We will miss you. May your soul rest in peace.
Sam & Surya Charles

Mahesh Kumar

July 25, 2020

Dr. Nagaraja was a kind and gentle person. I remember him fondly as more than a student and closer to a friend. I owe my career to this wonderful man, who started me off on my journey in vaccine research and development. I am just one of many who benefited from his help beyond the University. If greatness is defined by the number of successful professionals one developed, he was a giant. May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are to his family, friends and all his students who will miss him deeply. God bless.

Ramdas Rao

July 25, 2020

Nagaraj was a dear friend of ours. We have known him since 1974 when he came to Minnesota. I also had the opportunity to meet & get to know his family in Bangalore. Nagaraj was a great human being with a wonderful sense of humour. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Karuna & Ramdas Rao


Passport photo in 2000s


Dr. Nagaraja reading a book. 1970s


Dr. Nagaraja with Dr. Ben Pomeroy in 1970s. Bottom Right


November 11th, 1998. Relaxing with a dog


Spring of 2014. Celebrating Prajeth's 8th grade graduation from Parkview


Dr. Nagaraja posing with a motorbike at Costco. Taken around 2015


Dr. Nagaraja posing with a large eggplant he grew in his backyard. Taken in September 7th 2019


Passport photo in 1990s


Dr. Nagaraja during a trip to Duluth near the ships


1962 - 1966 Mysore Veterinary College, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, B.V.Sc.
1966 - 1969 Mysore Veterinary College, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, M.V.Sc.
1974 - 1979 Veterinary Microbiology/Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA, Ph.D.
1974 - 2020 Professor, University of Minnesota
1984 Ranelius Award Recipient from the MN Turkey Growers Association

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