Manmohan Jit Singh, 69, a longtime Forest Park resident, died on June 23, 2016 at MacNeal Hospital. Born on Sept. 1, 1936 in Lahore, Pakistan, he came to Post-Partition India at the age of 12. His father, Ajit Singh Kalra, a police officer with the British Indian Police Force and subsequently an attorney who practiced law in Chandigarh, and his mother, Beant Kaur, settled in Gwalior, India where Manmohan graduated high school. Afterwards, he graduated with honors as a mechanical engineer from the Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh. He also graduated from the ROTC, was accepted into the Indian Military Officer Academy in Dehradun, was awarded the rank of 2nd Lieutenant due to his engineering degree, and graduated with distinction.
While at the academy, he also pursued his lifelong passion of photography and earned many awards.
He married Dr. Antar Preet Kalra DDS, in 1961 and then pursued his professional education by earning a master’s degree in Management Sciences from Pune University in India. He earned an additional master’s degree in Philosophy Management from Delhi University.
He served as an Indian Army Officer in the EME (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) Corps for 29 years and retired in 1987 as a colonel in the Indian Army.
He immigrated to the U.S. in 1989 and joined his family to support his wife and two children, Chandeep and Hanspreet. He graduated as an LPN from the Chicago City High School Program and as a RN from Malcolm X College, where he received the “Best Student Award.” He served in several nursing homes and hospitals as an RN and then worked for two years in the Corrections Department of Cook County, Chicago. He later served for 18 years as a charge nurse on rotation in Cook County and then John Stroger Hospital. Along with his wife and son, he attended the emergency medical technician (EMT) program and the CPR instructor program established by Cook County Hospital and the American Heart Association.
Manmohan Singh was a loyal and devoted husband for 55 years and an exemplary father of Chaplin Chandeep Singh Kalra. He was an ecumenical, spiritual patriot of his native country as well as his adopted country. He leaves behind a legacy of being a dedicated husband and father, a diligent and passionate medical professional, and an exemplary citizen with a keen sense of humor. He personified the American Dream, which is pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. His spirit lives on in the hearts of his son, his sisters, and in the large number of family, friends, and colleagues. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Prayers, viewing, and cremation took place on June 26 at Forest Park’s Zimmerman Harnett Funeral Home.