November 5, 1943 – November 20, 2018
EVANS, Ga - Dr. Tek Chand entered into rest on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018, in the Elliott Sons Funeral Home Chapel, Columbia Rd.
Dr. Chand was born in Hisar, India, on November 5, 1943. He moved to America to complete his doctoral degree in nuclear physics at the University of South Carolina. He was a professor of physics at Aiken Technical College. He expanded into the business world by starting a successful payroll processing service. He continued his business ventures for the next 30 years with restaurants and hotels. He was co-owner of Harvest Table Buffet and Sancho's Restaurant. His first motels were the Cardinal Motel and Cadles Motel on Deans Bridge Road. He continued to grow by building the Kings Inn, Econo Lodge, Comfort Inn, and Holiday Inn Express. He was a very generous and giving man, guiding many of his friends to become hoteliers as well. He always put his children first, making sure to provide every opportunity for their higher education.
He is survived by his children Rajeev and Aruna Singhal, Sanjeev and Meenu Singhal, and Sapna and Nirav Bhagat and six grand children Sagar, Diya, Savan, Roshan, Ravi and Kiran.
December 1, 2018
I learnt with much sadness that my colleague and good friend from Punjab University, Chandigarh, Professor Tek Chand passed away on November 20th. I fondly remember him from my days at Punjab University as a thought-provoking person, be it Physics, politics, sharing and camaraderie, or life in Hissar or in Chandigarh. He had his own ideas. He was a warm person. He was an original. I visited him at University of South Carolina once in 1967, while I was a graduate student of Physics at Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland. And as usual he was the same friendly Tek Chand that we knew and could have a friendly conversation. I will miss him.
I read the obituary and was struck by the complete transformation that Dr. Tek Chand’s life took from academia to the world of business as a hotelier. That was Tek Chand. He had thought it through and had confidence that he will succeed. And succeed he did. He supported his children to get higher education, and I am so proud to read that. My deep condolences to his children, and grandchildren on the loss of their father and grandfather. May God bless his soul.