Oct 12,1935---Feb 10,2021

Naresh Chandra Mathur passed away on February 10, 2021. His last moments, as per his wishes, were spent peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Madhur, daughter Chitra, son Sharad, daughter-in-law Sangeeta, and grandsons Dhruv and Nikhil.

The funeral will take place on Friday, February 12 at Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS 66215. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30pm. To ensure COVID protection for all concerned, especially Madhur, the funeral itself will be for family ONLY.

The family prefers donations to Asha for Education (ashanet.org) in lieu of flowers as a tribute to Naresh.

Born in Gurgaon in 1935 in pre-independence India, Naresh spent his childhood in the small princely state of Dholpur. From there he went to Delhi for his high school and college education, followed by an Engineering degree from IISc Bangalore and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1958 he got his first job as a lecturer at University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). Thus began an illustrious career in education which eventually spanned 53 years and three continents. A committed teacher and passionate researcher, Naresh found in education a vocation that, in his own words, allowed him to be paid for his ‘hobby’. This hobby led him to work at some of the top Institutes in the world – the University of Roorkee, IIT Kanpur, Max Plank Institute in Germany, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Harvard Smithsonian Institute for Astrophysics, University of Wisconsin (Madison), University of Illinois (Chicago), Indiana University/Purdue University (Fort Wayne), New Mexico Tech, University of Kansas, and UMKC. Among his many research contributions were the papers that formed the basis for the design of the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope project in New Mexico (prominently featured in the movie Contact). Naresh was also invited to fulfill various administrative positions in the field of education. As the Managing Director of Educational Consultants India Ltd (EdCIL), he helped set up institutes for higher learning in India and other Commonwealth countries. He went on to become the Vice-Chancellor of Roorkee University, and ended his remarkable innings in Indian education as the Vice-Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC). After his retirement, Naresh continued his involvement with education from the other side, becoming a student once again at the age of 77, and taking courses at the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in various humanities and social sciences subjects every semester until the age of 84.

Though equally at home in India and the US, Naresh had a deep sense of commitment to his birth nation and therefore decided to spend his entire working life in India. He moved to the US post retirement, and eventually made this his country officially by taking US citizenship. While in India, he always conducted his life according to what he saw as the American work ethic. The openness to new experiences and ideas that he associated with this country defined not only his professional life, but also his personal one. This was most evident in the ways in which he always encouraged his children to pursue their own passions without ever attempting to shape their interests as a reflection of his own. It was with his support that his wife completed a second Masters after retirement in the US and continued her own illustrious teaching career at JCCC, where he then accompanied her as a student. And he was immensely proud of his grandchildren, of Dhruv who followed in his footsteps by choosing to pursue Electrical Engineering at UIUC, and of Nikhil, whose decision to become a pilot gave an exciting new direction to his grandfather’s fascination for the skies.

He left this world as he lived his life – content, fulfilled, and at peace. The values that guided his life ensured that he left his mark on everyone he came across and those personal relationships meant more to him than his professional accomplishments. Deeply loved and admired by his family, he will continue to live in their hearts and guide their lives through his example and the values he gave them.



Condolences

Gaurov Dayal Feb 11 ,2021

A fitting tribute to someone so accomplished - yet so full of humility. While we share in your grief, we also celebrate a life well lived and a legacy that will live on.

Sadhana Mathur Feb 11 ,2021

Niece ,Orchard Hills

So hard to convey my love and admiration for someone who was a huge part of my life. Anish and I were very fortunate to have his and Madhur Auntie's presence at many of our important milestones. We will forever remember his excitement when he spoke of the various courses he undertook. Phupaji, you will be sorely missed. May you rest in eternal peace.

anindita m banerjee Feb 11 ,2021

kavita"s sister-in-law ,winter haven ,Florida

May rest in peace . my prayers and condolence is with the entire Mathur family.

Vicki and CJ Feb 11 ,2021

friend ,SMITHVILLE ,Missouri

Our thoughts are with the entire Mathur family. Virtual hugs!

Rajesh K. Gupta Feb 11 ,2021

student ,SAN DIEGO ,California

I was a student in his class on communications at IITK. He captured my imagination by describing how communications worked on the upper atmosphere and generously have his time in supervising a project I took on meteorite communications. These interactions were absolutely wonderful and inspiring, and remarkable for the ease and access he made himself available to an undergraduate. With heartful condolences. Rajesh Gupta,

S K Gupta Feb 11 ,2021

Colleague at IIT Kanpur , Kanpue ,Wisconsin

I have very vivid memories of the time that we spent together. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

G Krishnamurthy Feb 12 ,2021

Student

As an undergraduate student, I did a course on Electromagnetic Theory in 1979-80 under Dr Mathur. I still recall how meticulous and organized his lectures were. It was an eye-opening experience. Years later, I ran into Dr Mathur at IGNOU, where he was the Director. It was wonderful meeting up with him after so many years. I am honored to have interacted with Dr Mathur. My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

Sanjay Bose Feb 12 ,2021

Student and colleague ,Guwahati

Very sorry to hear this. Prof. Mathur was a wonderful person - an inspiring teacher when I was a student and a very helpful colleague when I joined the faculty in IIT Kanpur. I still remember the very enjoyable course on Radio Astronomy that I audited after I had joined the faculty in IIT Kanpur. May his soul rest in peace

Hitesh daysl Feb 12 ,2021

Cousin ,Bangalore

Very sorry to hear about naresh da passing away - may he get a place with the almighty - may god give tha family the strength to bear this loss

Shridhar Mathur Feb 12 ,2021

Nephew ,New Delhi

May God bless the soul and will always be remembered in the hearts of ours despite being so far away from us !

Umesh Mishra Feb 12 ,2021

mentee ,Santa Barbara ,California

I was deeply saddened to learn of uncle's/ professor Mathur's passing from Vivek Chandra. I was blessed to have been in a safe Mathur home with Aunty feeding us when things got a little rough for freshmen like me in IIT/K in 1974. I received a C in his class (not a secret anymore) but I was in awe of his teaching style and depth of his knowledge. Amazingly I am now a Prof in microwave devices which shows what the magnitude of his impact was! May he rest in peace and my deepest condolences to the whole family Umesh Mishra

Rajiv Mathur Feb 12 ,2021

Nephew ,NOIDA

Naresh mausaji...as I always addressed him....was genuinely interested in people...whenever he would meet me...he would always ask about the kind of work I was doing....always had a warm and affectionate smile on him....and was full of life...a very humble man, a man of science who was deeply spritual.... and while we will miss him,,we would always celebrate his achievements....and we proudly witness his legacy through Sharad, Chita, Dhruv and Nikhil....he will always inspire us....

Satendra Sain Feb 12 ,2021

Cousin ,Pune

Humility personified cheerful and always helpful was Naresh da. Inspite of so many qualifications and accomplishments he was ever so humble. Both Sneh and I have such lovely memories of him and Madhur bhabhi. One most unforgettable occasion was when I got married,the baraat from Dehradun - Delhi had breakfast at their house in Roorkee.Such hospitality is a rarity. We will miss you dear brother and your always smiling and cheerful persona. Om Shanti Om !

Neerja Bhatla Feb 12 ,2021

Friend ,New Delhi

We met Dr and Mrs Mathur through Sharad who was my student at AIIMS. Both Dr and Mrs Mathur had a way of instantly connecting with people. We have the fondest memories and will always remember Dr Mathur as a brilliant yet very humane intellectual person who added value to so many lives. His was life worthy of celebration indeed. Our prayers for peace to his soul. Heartfelt condolences to the family. May God give you all strength to bear the loss. Om shanti 🙏🙏

Neerja Bhatla Feb 12 ,2021

Friend ,New Delhi

We met Dr and Mrs Mathur through Sharad who was my student at AIIMS. Both Dr and Mrs Mathur had a way of instantly connecting with people. We have the fondest memories and will always remember Dr Mathur as a brilliant yet very humane intellectual person who added value to so many lives. His was life worthy of celebration indeed. Our prayers for peace to his soul. Heartfelt condolences to the family. May God give you all strength to bear the loss. Om shanti 🙏🙏

Samir Mathur Feb 12 ,2021

Uncle ,Chicago ,Illinois

We have fond memories of spending time with NC Uncle and family during his tenure as the VC at Roorkee. He was so humble and loving at heart with a passion to be progressive. A long time friend of my father who used to enjoy spending time socializing with whatever time he had at hand after his busy schedule. Heartfelt condolences to the family. May his divine soul Rest In Peace🙏

Rajiv Mathur Feb 12 ,2021

Nephew ,NOIDA

Naresh mausaji...as I always addressed him....was genuinely interested in people...whenever he would meet me...he would always ask about the kind of work I was doing....always had a warm and affectionate smile on him....and was full of life...a very humble man, a man of science who was deeply spritual.... and while we will miss him,,we would always celebrate his achievements....and we proudly witness his legacy through Sharad, Chita, Dhruv and Nikhil....he will always inspire us....

Raj Feb 13 ,2021

Colleague ,Saratoga ,California

I had the privilege of knowing him as a colleague at Iit Kanpur. A truly remarkable teacher who expected and got the best out of his students. This was the result of being very organized and teaching at the right level whether for a undergraduate or graduate level course. In a way all the research in em depended on him. He was kind enough to buy, bind and keep several journals he subscribed to in the department library all at his own cost. A very good, effective, and fair administrator as evidenced by the high posts he held. My condolences to Madhur , Chitra, and Sharad.

S.Ananthakrishnan Feb 13 ,2021

Friend ,Pune, Indis & New Jersey, USA ,New Jersey

Dear Madhurji, I and my wife came to visit both of you (Chitra was there too) in 1976 at IIT Kanpur and I came later in 1995 when the IAU symposium was taking place in New Delhi. You had invited many of us from the radio astronomy group of TIFR (Govind Swarup's group). That was the last time I met both you and Nreshji. He was a very good friend and mentor and we all had great regard for him Recently, I was talking to Prof.Shevgaonkar and Prof.Avinash Deshpande reg their meeting with Nareshji in Kanpur a few years ago. I tried calling you at Kansas from New Jersey, where I stay for 6.months with our daughter. However, I was unsuccessful in finding the correct number. I am very sorry to learn of the passing away of Nareshji, but also glad that his last moments were peaceful As you probably know, Prof.Govind Swarup.passed away on Sept 7, 2020 at the age of 91. It is sad to see many of our colleagues and friends and mentors passing away. May the Almighty bestow peace on Nareshji. It is an irreparable loss for you and family members. Our heart-felt condolences to all of you. May Nareshji rest in peace.

Om Gandhi Feb 13 ,2021

Friend and a student at IISc during Naresh’s student days ,Salt Lake City ,Utah

Naresh and his wife Madhur were very generous in having me visit their home in Roorkee. Naresh had invited me to visit Roorkee as an examiner. At that time I did not know that Madhur was the younger sister of my good friend and class mate Mukesh Mathur from Delhi. I am most impressed with what Naresh and Madhur have been able to accomplish together in the cause of higher education both in India and the U.S. My heartiest condolences on a life very well lived.

Yashwant Gupta Feb 13 ,2021

student ,Pune

Very sad and sorry to learn about the passing of Prof Mathur. In my early days at IIT Kanpur, he was the one who introduced me to the world of radio astronomy (which today is my profession) -- a field in which his own achievements are quite remarkable. He was a fantastic, passionate teacher and a very friendly, kind soul. RIP Prof Mathur.

Madan M. Gupta Feb 14 ,2021

I had an opportunity to serve as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering [July 1962 – September 1964] at the University of Roorkee [now the Indian Institute of Technology -IIT-Roorkee], and then I was very fortunate to have some colleagues like Dr. Naresh Chandra Mathur, and Dr. P. V. ,SASKATOON, SK

Tribute to Dr. Naresh Chandra Mathur- my friend and colleague Naresh, you came to this world with closed fists full of love, knowledge and affection, and now you have departed from here for your heavenly abode with open fists leaving your love, affection and knowledge for others to use. Naresh has worked for the advancement of engineering in India, through practice, teaching, research, administration and service on numerous provincial and national councils, boards, associations and committees. Given his range of activities, it is difficult to identify a single or even several of his 'greatest' achievements. He is internationally known for his research in radio astronomy. Naresh you have left us but you left a legacy to follow. We will always cherish and remember what you have taught us. Goodbye Naresh! “May the Almighty grant you the peace and serenity in your new heavenly Abode.” Yours sincerely, Madan M. Gupta

Sudhir and Vijay Grover Feb 15 ,2021

Friend ,Broken Arrow ,Oklahoma

Met Naresh Mathur and Madhur at their residence in KC. We got to know them through Sharad who was class fellow of Radhika at AIIMS. Met them couple of times over dinner. These were family gathering at Naresh’s house with Sharad’s and Radhika’s families. Naresh had very pleasant ways of quickly connecting with people and winning their hearts. Spent memorable time with him discussing varying subjects and to know his depth of knowledge on any subject we discussed. We even spent our time with singing Segals favorite melodies. On this day, our heart goes out to Madhur, Sharad, Sangita and their families.

Anurag Feb 16 ,2021

Student ,Cherrybrook

Had a short interaction with him as secretary hobbies club at University of Roorkee. Just so happens the picture adorns the corridors of the Alma Mater till date.

Vasant K Kulkarni Feb 16 ,2021

Professional contact ,PUNE, TIFR, INDIA

Dear Madhurji, Deeply saddened hear the passing away of Prof. Mathur. I met him first time in 1976 at Radio Astronomy Centre , Ooty, where I was a graduate student. Later I met Naresh, you , Chitra and Sharad when you visted me on your way to US in 1982-83. Again during IAU meeting many of us from RAC came to your place in Dehli for dinner. He was a ver friendly person and a gentleman. May His Soul Rest in Peace.

Mukkai Krishnamoorthy Feb 16 ,2021

Student/Colleague at IIT Kanpur ,Troy ,New York

My recollection of Prof. NC Mathur is that of a kind professor. I cherish my short but memorable pleasant interactions with him. Because of him, I developed some curiosity towards antennas. Our thoughts are prayers are with Prof. NC Mathur's family.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Feb 12 ,2021
Time:
12:30 PM
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