Bhagwan Dass Aggarwala

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Bhagwan Dass Aggarwala

Bhagwan (Ben) Dass Aggarwala, Professor Emeritus (Mathematics) passed away on December 14, 2023 at the age of 92.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maya Devi, his two children, Anil (Deirdre) and Rita (David), and his four grandchildren, Shailah, Jeena, Ciara and Ronan. He has one surviving sister in India, Dhanpati.

“Bhai Sahib,” as he was fondly known, was born in Jhajjar, India in 1931. After completing his PhD at IIT Kharagpur, he was invited to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh as an instructor. From there, he went to Rensselaer Polytech in Troy, New York, after which he took a position at McGill University and eventually found his way to the University of Calgary. He was a founding Faculty member there. He was a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for 40 years before retiring as an emeritus professor 27 years ago.

“Dad”, “Uncle”, “Nanaji” or “Dadaji” as he was also known, was also devoted to his family and community. He cherished his wife, loved his children and adored his grandchildren. He was a founding member of the Hindu Society of Calgary. He questioned everything, devoured books and marveled at music. He was a mathematician until the end, remembering the derivative of e-to-the-x even when he could not, at times, remember where he lived. His smile lit up the room right up until the last hours of his life.

He will be remembered fondly by all those whose lives he touched.