University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

UPJ mourns Dr. Kamal Verma, UPJ Professor Emeritus

"UPJ mourns Dr. Kamal Verma, UPJ Professor Emeritus, a brilliant scholar, an exceptional teacher and guide, a highly respected colleague, and a dear friend. For almost half a century, Professor Kamal Verma was an eminent teacher and scholar who worked diligently and indefatigably to engage students with Southeast Asian literature. His students speak of a great intellect: a professor who deepened their critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills, someone who deepened their understanding of our world, and someone whose classes prepared them for lifelong success. Faculty and staff members remember a most gracious and kind-hearted man, a wise and thoughtful colleague, a very generous friend, a gentleman - a great human being! We are thankful for the life, contributions, exceptional service, and tremendous legacy of Dr. Kamal Verma, an extraordinary man. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones,” stated UPJ  President Jem Spectar.

Born in 1932 in Punjab, India, Kamal Verma obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Punjab University in 1951, Bachelor of Teaching from Agra University in 1953 and Master of Arts in English from Punjab University in 1958. In India, he was principal of a Teachers College until 1963, the year he left India to study for Specialist of Education (Ed. S.) at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, on Ford Foundation scholarship. He did his M.A (1968) and Ph.D.( 1974) from the University of Alberta and joined the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in 1971 as an assistant professor of English. He retired from UPJ as Professor of English in 2011 but served for another two years as Advisor to Pitt Johnstown President Spectar and as editor of South Asian Review.

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