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“I am so sorry to hear about Erik's passing. I hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.Wishing you...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Amy PANG - HONG KONG - Friend

At a Celebration of Life July 22 at DuPont Country Cub, the PSA Exec VP presented his 2017 Peabody Award for significant contributions to photography.
2 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“I will always remember Erik for his welcoming eyes and gentle smile. I am happy to have known him. May I offer my condolences to the Kissa family and...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Jon Paris - Newark, DE

“To the Kissa Family, I am an employee at Total Hearing Care, where myself and Margarita Razpopov assisted your father with his hearing. From the...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Roenika Nichols - Wilmington, DE

“We love you Papa and will miss you. Karl, Wendy Sue, Emily & Joy Kissa ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Karl & Wendy Sue Kissa - Gilroy, CA

“Erik was always willing to share his knowledge and experiences and will be missed by all. Condolences to your family and know we share your loss. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: John Powell - Hockessin, DE

“Karl, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed reading your dad's obituary. What an amazing man. Your friends at Gilroy Presbyterian are praying for...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Lynn Viale - Gilroy, CA

“Eric was a wonderful, creative photographer, a real gentleman, a pillar in the photographic community writ large and especially in the Delaware...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: John Haedo - Fort Myers, FL

“Our sincere condolences to Lynn & Erik's families. We will remember his smile & generous spirit to share his knowledge & enthusiasm for photography....Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Bob Hunt - Wilmington, DE

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Gus Teipelke - Kennett Square, PA

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Gus Teipelke - Kennett Square, PA

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

Erik Kissa DPS Picnic 2007
13 of 15 | Posted by: Robert Coffey

Erik Kissa DPS Picnic 2007 “I've known Erik since I first joined the DPS in 1980 and treasure my memories of our many discussions and times together. He had an awesome career in...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Robert Coffey - Hendersonville, NC

“Erik was a dear friend, and was always ready to provide us with excellent photography advice. His constant positive outlook never failed to inspire...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Marvin & Helen Gerstein - DE


Dr. Erik Kissa, renowned chemist, internationally recognized photographer, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away July 11, 2017 at the age of 94.

Born and raised in Estonia and forced to flee as a young man by invading Russian forces during WWII, Dr. Kissa made it his life's work to meet and exceed any challenges put before him, whether at DuPont or through his work as a consultant for the United Nations in India, China and South Korea.

Retired as a Senior Research Fellow in chemistry, Dr. Kissa is still recognized as the leading expert in fluorinated surfactants and dispersions, with 12 patents, published scientific reports and six books still in print. A passionate and skilled photographer, he applied those same research skills to the art of photography. Following years as a consultant for new members in the Photographic Society of America, he served as a columnist for the PSA Journal, answering questions from photographers around the world. This column appeared for 85 consecutive months.

A 49-year member of the PSA, he achieved the designation of master photographer in 2011 and earned numerous awards for teaching. In 2105, he was named a fellow of the PSA. As a 60-year member of the Delaware Photographic Society, he served as a mentor and was named as a lifetime member. In recognition of having 100 photographs accepted in the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography, he was named a Senior Fellow. Most of his work focused on photographing people throughout the world, though his favorite subjects were his children and grandchildren, whom he followed continually with camera in hand. Known for his startling blue eyes, genuine smile and a unique sense of humor, he left his mark on all who met him.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Troy Maniscalco; sons, Dr. Erik Kisa and his wife, Kerry, of Virginia Beach, Va., Dr. Karl Kissa and his wife, Wendy Sue, of Gilroy, California and his granddaughters, Kristin and Jacqueline Kisa, and Emily and Joy Kissa. Other survivors include stepsons, Michael Troy and his wife, Heather, Christopher Troy and his wife, Kerry Ann, and their children.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Selma Kissa.

A service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Northville Lutheran Church, 128 Old Burlington Road, Seabrook (Bridgeton), N.J.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday evening at the DuPont Country Club with recollections to begin at 6 p.m.

An annual award is being created to honor Dr. Kissa's photographic work. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Erik Kissa Award Fund, 1436 Fresno Road, Wilmington, DE. 19803.