Shortly after the civil rights movement ended, Ram Krishna “Roy” Raichoudhary left British Colonial India behind to achieve freedom in the land of opportunity. With the advent of the Immigration Act of 1965, Roy decided to end his tenure in India and fulfill his dreams in Miami, FL. He matriculated at the University of Miami and began his graduate studies in the 1960s, back when Miami had a very different landscape and wasn’t quite the diverse melting pot it has become. In fact, he was frequently asked which tribe he belonged to, as it was a foreign concept to see an Indian or any Asian immigrant in the US. Though a fish out of water, he persevered and earned his Ph.D in Mathematics and became a professor. Furthermore, he made his mark in Miami as one of the first few Indian immigrants and founded many of the Indian communities in the city.
Eventually, he met the woman of his dreams, conveniently named Swapna, which literally translates to “dream” in Sanskrit based languages. Soon after, they had two beautiful children. In the midst of all these milestones and the 80s glory in Miami, he found out the shocking news that he was going blind from glaucoma. Being a steadfast fighter, he never let his disability slow him down. Besides his zest for math, he kept up with his passion for singing classical Indian music and became a staple at many cultural events around the city.
Despite vision loss, Roy continued to work as a professor independently and created various tactics to enable himself ways to continue working and supporting his family. From memorizing the number of steps to class, to leading a classroom of adults on their math journey, Roy persisted and didn’t let the disease slow him down. Currently, Roy is retired and continues his Miami lifestyle revolving around singing and being an active member in the Indian community. A proud grandfather of three, Roy is still as spirited as the boy who came to America with a dream and continues to instill that hope and living life to the fullest. He is a true inspiration.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been the opposite of a smooth road. Despite hard work and accomplishing the American dream, Roy found out he was going blind. Yet, he continued to work full time to support his family. Blindness has created numerous challenges and obstacles that affect his day to day living.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Roy is a mathematical genius. He has a doctorate in Mathematics and has taught at various prestigious schools in Miami in addition to UM and MDC. Many folks in Kendall can recall his last name and attribute their math skills to him.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Roy is currently retired, but his passion for teaching math and love of music will last forever. His hard work, dedication, and accomplishment of the American dream, all while suffering from a major disability, is a truly inspiring.
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