Professor Mahesh C. Pradhan
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Obituary for Professor Mahesh C. Pradhan

Professor Mahesh C.  Pradhan
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.

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