To the Laurentian community:
I write with the sad news that we have lost Cummings Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Computer sciences, and Statistics Chanchal Singh, who died on Friday, May 12, at age 83.
While I was not his student in the beginning days of his St. Lawrence career, he became my teacher by example in the time of his retirement. His humble breadth of learning and attentive sincerity in the simplest topics of conversation put one instantly at ease in his presence. How he loved the view of Paradise Valley when he came to campus from home.
Professor Singh earned his undergraduate degree at Punjab University, India, master’s degrees at the University of Michigan and Florida State, and his Ph.D. at Florida State. He joined the St. Lawrence faculty in 1972, having previously taught at Potsdam State. A Fulbright Lecturer in 1988, he taught for one semester at the University of Delhi, India. Professor Singh published in the area of optimization theory and served for five years as an associate editor of the Journal of Information and Optimization Sciences.
In addition to his courses at the University, where he was beloved as a caring, devoted, tireless teacher, Professor Singh also developed a course in modern mathematics for gifted high school students.
When he retired in 2003, Professor Singh was lauded for his scholarship and teaching skills, and also for his creative and expansive gardening talents. He was distinguished for successfully growing plants from his native India in his North Country garden.
Lynn and I extend the condolences of the Laurentian community to his family, father of Harpal Singh of Oakville, ON; Shailindar Singh '98, M'04, of Potsdam; and Amrit Michelle Singh '95, of Albany.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. in Gunnison Memorial Chapel, with a reception to follow in the Common Room of Sykes Residence Hall. All are welcome to attend.
We have created our Memorial Web site for your memories and tributes..