We profoundly regret to announce that Professor Mahesh C. Pradhan passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the age of 82. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 54 years, Kunj; sons and daughters-in-law Anil and Indira, Pradeep and Neelam, Atul and Martha, Anup and Suganya; granddaughters Alka (husband Ed Burnett) and Anisha; grandsons Vivek, Nishant, Laxman, Nikhil, Nathan, Alex; and great granddaughter Sitara. Prof. Pradhan was a professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor from 1970 to 1996. He was born in Etah, Uttar Pradesh, on August 3, 1930 as the only child of Sri Lakshman Swarup and Smt Phoolmati Devi Pradhan. After his Bachelors and Masters
degrees in India, he studied at the University of London on a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the School of Oriental and African Studies and received his Doctorate in 1959. He was a world-acclaimed expert on the Jats of India, and the author of a seminal work in the form of a book “The Political System of the Jats of Northern India,” published by the Oxford University Press. In addition, He had also published articles and edited several monographs on societies in South India. Prior to his academic tenure
at the University of Windsor, he was a professor at the University of Calgary, Alberta. In India, he was a professor at Karnataka University in Dharwar between 1963-1967. He was the Chief of the South India station of the Anthropological Survey of India in Mysore, Karnataka, from 1960-1963. If you so desire, donations to the Ontario March of Dimes would be appreciated
by the family. A private family service was held and cremation is to take place. Arrangements entrusted to Families First, South Windsor, 3260 Dougall Avenue 519-969-5841. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November
2, 2013 at the Hindu Temple, 315 Cabana Road East, Windsor, Ontario.Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.familiesfirst.ca

 

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