Inder Nath Kher
October 12, 1933 – July 1, 2023
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Inder Nath Kher, cherished husband, father and friend, on July 1, 2023 at the age of 89.
Inder leaves behind his beloved wife of 59 years, Salochna, his daughter Rshmi, his son-in-law Kevin, and his son Gautam. Inder is predeceased by his parents Gopal Dass and Kaushalya Devi, his sister Kamla and his brothers Narinder and Ravinder.
Born in Wazirabad, Pakistan (pre-partition), Inder grew up in India with a zest for education and a desire to study abroad. He immigrated to Canada in 1965 to complete his Master’s Degree in English at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. This was followed by the completion of his PhD in English at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Inder taught at the University of Calgary for 30 years and retired as Professor Emeritus in English. Inder’s passion for literature, writing and teaching made a huge impact on his students and colleagues. Internationally he received numerous accolades and recognition for his literary contributions. He authored a book, titled The Landscape of Absence: Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.
Promoting the Indian cultural mosaic in Calgary, Inder served in many organizations such as the India Canada Association of Calgary, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Hindu Society of Calgary. Being of service (Seva) at the Temple (Mandir) was a significant life value he shared with his loved ones. In February of this year Inder was honored to be awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for his community service.
Inder enjoyed music and sang ghazals that were an extension of the emotional landscape and poetry of life in which he lived. He loved having family dinners and watching Indian Idol together. His family lovingly remembers many amazing memories of family and friends that have enriched Inder’s life.
A life well fulfilled, we celebrate and honor an incredible man of resilience, character, wisdom and integrity. Inder gave of himself, tirelessly, to his family, community and his academic pursuits. He will be greatly missed and remembered in our hearts with love, fondness and affection.
Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality