January 18, 2016

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Krishna R. Kumar, loving husband to Latha and devoted father to Vandana and Varun, on March 19, 2014 from complications with leukemia. Krishna was diagnosed with MDS in 2008, underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2009 and then suffered a relapse in late 2012. Never one to give up without a good fight, Krishna fought a valiant battle, participating in a phase I trial at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and undergoing a second marrow transplant in 2013 only to lose the battle to the unforgiving disease in March 2014.

Krishna devoted most of his career to the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB), joining as an Assistant Professor in 1992, and most recently holding the position of the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Accountancy. He also served as the Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Studies for GWSB, as well as Chair of the Accountancy department. Over his career, Krishna distinguished himself as one of the top scholars in his discipline, publishing articles in each of the three leading accounting journals in the world. Moreover, Krishna was an exemplary instructor, consistently teaching difficult courses well and actively engaging with his students. He loved to read, travel, play table tennis, and watch old Hindi films. Below is a link from the GW Hatchet student newspaper describing the wonderful teacher and colleague he was: