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It is with deep sadness the Journal announces the passing of Kailash C. Dhawan, known to Concordians as K.C., on May 12 in Oakville, Ont.
Born on Aug. 21, 1937, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he earned his BA and MA from Punjab University, MBA from University of Oregon (Eugene) and his PhD from New York University.
Professor of marketing from Sept. 1, 1969, until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1997, Dhawan is best known for being the major force behind the International Business program of which he was founding director.
Prior to joining Concordia, he worked for Imasco, Shell Oil and Star of India College, and also taught at Western Michigan University, New York University, Iona College and University of Oregon (Eugene). He had numerous publications in the areas of Indian business practices, cross-cultural communication, transfer of technology, Canadian trade to Europe and Canada/U.S. free trade.
In the late 90s, he created a charitable foundation in his name that would advance education and be of benefit to the community. In early 2000, the Foundation funded the Madhu Bala Summer Research Bursary in Palliative Care or Cancer Research at McGill University in memory of his wife.
Dhawan leaves to mourn three sons: Amit, Deepak and Rajiv. The Concordia community sends its condolences.