June 3, 2014

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition lost a valued faculty member last week.

Dr. Koushik Seetharaman, who was welcomed to the Department in Fall 2013 as our General Mills Chair in Cereal Chemistry and Technology, passed away at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on June 2, 2014. Tests at the hospital indicated that Dr. Seetharaman experienced a sudden cardiac arrest while swimming in a pool at a private residence in St. Louis Park on Memorial Day. Friends and relatives pulled him from the pool and administered CPR. The official cause of his passing, according to the medical examiner, was “anoxic encephalopathy due to resuscitated drowning;” or a lack of oxygen to the brain. He was 48 years old. 

The loss of this talented scientist, a beloved friend and colleague to so many of our faculty, has been felt deeply here at Food Science and Nutrition. 

Department Head Dr. Gary Reineccius wrote in his announcement to CFANS on June 4 that “This a great loss to all of us in terms of losing a wonderful personality and talented, committed faculty member. … In the end, it is much about how we are remembered – Koushik will be remembered with love, respect, and a smile. One cannot do better.”

Koushik is survived by two sisters, his wife, and his eight year old son.