Nathan M. Krissoff
Nathan M. Krissoff was born on March 29, 1981 in Truckee, Calif. The family moved to Reno in 1990 and he attended public school there. Wanting to broaden his horizons, he attended high school at The Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif.
He was the ultimate scholar-athlete, excelling in water polo, swimming, piano and graduating at the top of his class. His natural leadership skills were in play then as student body president. During this time, he also earned a spot on the U.S. Junior National Wildwater Kayak Team and he represented his country at two world championships in Europe.
He attended Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he earned a degree in political science and captained the men’s swim team.
Following graduation, Nathan worked in Washington, D.C., for the Monterey Institute of International Studies, during which time he interviewed with the CIA. Told by the agency that he was “too young” and being deeply affected by the events of 9/11, he decided that he wanted work on the “front line” to fight in the global war on terror.
Nathan was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 2004. Following six months of training at The Basic School, he selected the field of human intelligence as his occupational specialty. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan in August of 2006 and was deployed with the Division to Al-Anbar Province in September. Although he knew the work in Iraq was extremely hazardous, he firmly believed in the mission: to stabilize the region by training the Iraqi Army.
Nathan will be remembered for his keen intelligence and sharp wit, for his charisma and kindness to his fellow athletes and Marines. His choices were shaped by an uncommon intelligence, and a truly profound sense of principle, purpose and duty.
He loved his family, country and the US Marine Corps. His passion and commitment were truly inspirational to the people who knew him and specifically to the Marines he served with and commanded.
He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. William Krissoff of Reno, his brother 2nd Lt. Austin P. Krissoff, his paternal grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at Nightingale Hall on the UNR Campus at 10 am Saturday, Dec. 23. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
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