Centenarian and a world-war-II veteran, M.K. Narayanan (102), who died at his Basaveshwaranagar residence on Tuesday, willed his body for medical research, besides donating his eyes. He is survived by four children.
According to his grand daughter Rama Iyer, Narayanan was hale and healthy even at 102 and was ailing from the past two months. “His body was donated to St John’s Medical College in Bangalore on Tuesday”, she said.
When Narayanan turned 101 last year, his family presented the centenarian with a book packed with anecdotes and tribute to the family. “My grand father was faithful reader of The Hindu from the past eight decades”, she added.
Retired as Assistant General Manager, Canara Bank, Narayanan led Maharaja’s College Hockey Team, Ernakulam and was an ace swimmer, who had participated in many competitions in Kerala. He had successfully translated the Bhagavad Gita into Malayalam and English which he calls his “lifetime work for prosperity.”
From the past 10 months Narayanan burnt the midnight oil, so that he could present an English version of the Bhagavad Gita to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren on his birthday, she added.