In Memoriam: Kris Bakshi, MBA ’78

The Graziadio School of Business and Management remembers Foster City, Calif., resident Kris Bakshi. Kris died at age 77 from cancer on Aug. 15.

Kris was born in Rawalpindi, India — now Pakistan — after India’s independence. In 1958, he married his wife of 53 years, Anuradha, and together they had three children, Nisha, Sanjay and Shikha.

He was dedicated to the Foster City Lions Club for more than 20 years, serving in key positions, including president and president of the Peninsula Council of Lions Cubs. Kris also served on the Foster City Parks and Recreation Committee, the Foster City Audit Committee and the board of Our Common Ground, a treatment program for people facing substance abuse problems. He enjoyed volunteering with the Lions Club in activities such as sight conservation initiatives, the blood drives and Fourth of July celebrations at Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park.

“He treasured his friends he made along the way and recently received an award for his exceptional and significant contributions to the Lions Eye Foundation for sight conservation, according to the Lions Club,” according to a Foster City Lions Club statement.

Bakshi worked for the American embassy in India from 1958 to 1971, until he moved his family to the United States. At the age of 45, with a wife and three kids, Bakshi attained an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Kris was chief financial officer at Independent Electric Supply and retired in June 2008 after 28 years.

“Kris was extremely fond of traveling the world of which cruising was his all-time favorite. His favorite place is Hawaii. He found joy in spending time with his family and friends, but most of all he was extremely proud of his three grandchildren, Akah, Saagar and Avani.”

In Memoriam: Kris Bakshi, MBA ’78

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