S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen


I've been thinking about Kiran this week. If he were still alive, he might well be rowing in Beijing this week. I hope he would be. The Canadian men's eight scullers who took gold will certainly have included some of his friends. He was a PhD student in my department in Toronto and an Olympic-level rower. He was immensely fit, but his heart gave out in the middle of practice, out on the water. By the time anyone could get to him, it was too late. (G&M Obituary; RowingNews Obituary)

He was kind, quiet, and funny, quirky and dedicated. At his memorial service, "Au fond du temple saint" was played; I had had no idea he was an opera fan. Now, I associate the duet, in part, with him. Even several years later (how can it be several years later already?), it's hard to believe he's not still around somewhere; and that he could never make it to Beijing.

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