OBITUARY

Dr. Iqbal Singh

September 16, 1936November 16, 2020

Sardar Iqbal Singh, son of Sardani Kartar Kaur and Sardar Inder Singh, was born in Sialkot, West Punjab in 1936. He was the 2nd youngest of six siblings, five brothers, and a sister. His family left their ancestral home and immigrated to New Delhi during the 1947 Partition.

Following a family tradition spanning many generations, Iqbal joined the Indian Armed Forces, where he had a successful career in the Indian Army, including leading the Garhwal Rifles infantry during the Pakistan conflict. In 1968, he successfully completed the assignment to secure the compound in Dharamsala for the Dalai Lama who had been exiled from his native Tibet. Later in 1976, Iqbal was awarded the Military Attache post to the Indian Embassy in Australia. While serving in this role, he and his wife Darshan, survived a now-infamous brutal attack by a member of an extremist political organization.

In addition to serving in the Indian Army, Iqbal was a gifted student and a constant learner. He earned dual MA and MS degrees from Mysore University in 1980. In 1982, he took a bold decision to immigrate with his family to the US and enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of Chicago. After completing his Ph.D., Iqbal moved to North Carolina in 1988, which became his and Darshan’s home for more than 30 years. He taught Political Science and International Relations at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the National War College in Washington, D.C. A few years later, he went to school again and completed his law degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,1997.

Along with his professional and educational achievements, Iqbal was also known to be a gifted singer, especially for his rendition of the classic Punjabi poem, Heer-Ranja. He was also very passionate about the game of chess, playing endless hours with friends and family. He stayed physically fit his entire life, thoroughly enjoying running, especially 26.2-mile marathons, of which he ran many from his early Army days to his last one in Washington DC.

Iqbal traveled far and wide but remained committed to his extended family in India. He helped and supported many family members who emigrated to the US. He especially enjoyed talking to and mentoring the young generation. He was also known for playing pranks and making jokes!

Iqbal’s family -his wife Darshan Kaur, brother Harcharan Singh, sister Prakash, sons Hartaj Singh, Zorawar Singh, daughter Sangeeta Kaur, granddaughters Jasmehr Kaur, and Simar Kaur thank you for your love and support and for sharing in a celebration of his life.

Sardar Iqbal Singh will be missed dearly by many people far and wide, for his intellect, his warmth, his humor, and above all, his commitment to Waheguru ji.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.

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Zoheb Bedi

November 23, 2020

Bali Nanu, as I lovingly called him, was and will always remain to be an inspiration to me. While no words could capture the true essence of his being, everyone who knew him would agree that he was a warm, intelligent and helpful individual.
I had the honour of spending a lot of time with Bali Nanu during his frequent visits to India. I even had the fortune of visiting him at his home in North Carolina.
Apart from everything that has been said, I want to add two things to his long list of qualities we have to look up to. Firstly, he had the ability to make people feel important and special. Inspite of his vast knowledge and expertise, he would listen patiently and enthusiastically while others spoke. I also remember him always showing a genuine interest in the lives of others.
Secondly, he was a true visionary. His advice and anecdotes continue to be useful to me (and im sure to others as well). In fact, some moves he taught me in chess are still widely used.
All his endeavours are a testament to the fact that he wanted to learn and grow at every stage of his life. More importantly however, it was evident that he prioritised kindness and compassion above all else.
I hope you are resting peacefully with your creator, Bali nanu. And I hope that I, along with everyone else close to you, can make you proud.
Lots of Love
-zoheb

Sukhraj S Dhillon

November 23, 2020

Brig. Dr Iqbal Singh had a unique personality that always grew on his friends. The more you knew, the more you admire that he is a problem solver and great friend. I always enjoyed discussions with him and his inclusive attitude.
We will miss him but Shabad of 5th guru sahib comforts us " Kaun moa rey kaun moa.." Science says the same: We are recyled as the shabad says air merges with air, light merges with light, dust settles into dust... We are born out of this environment and end in this environment.
My condolences to Darshan, Guri, Biri, Sangeeta and entire family, relatives and friends. RIP my friend. We will always miss you..... Sukhraj S Dhillon

Jyoti and Bill Sapra-Shannon

November 23, 2020

Our thoughts are with you. Keep Uncle close in your hearts. Lots of Love, Jyoti, Bill, Kirin and Nimisha

Manjeet Bindra

November 23, 2020

Dear Ikbal Singh veerji was great person always very pleasant he& my Dear Daughter Kiran graduates same time from U N C he was with Law & Kiran undergrad Beeri took both family for dinner & celebrate there graduation always smiling & talking very respect fully veerji we will missed you dearly please take care of my Kiran there too

Harsharanjit Chahal

November 23, 2020

Praying for the noble soul to rest in peace. May Almighty give strength to the family to bear the loss

Jaya Dewan

November 23, 2020

Dear DarshanAuntie, Biri bhaiya, Sangeeta didi n family, sending healing wishes .. may uncle rest in peace.🙏

Vijay Batra

November 23, 2020

Iqbal uncle was a gentleman and a scholar. Having served in the Indian army in the fighting arm, he went on to pursue a path of education.

On every occasion I met Uncle Iqbal, he

was affectionate. I was inspired by his pursuit to keep learning.

May he rest in peace..🙏

Reena Luthra

November 22, 2020

Uncle had a great personality, so well spoken and pleasant. It amazed me how an ex Indian army officer could change careers in the US to become a professor! What always stuck me about Uncle was that he was able to discuss a variety of topics with knowledge and eloquence. He encouraged Jia Baani when they sang, and I was pleasantly surprised at Mehr’s graduation to know that he was a wonderful singer too! Mehr and Simar’s love for their Dada is a testimonial of his connection with his granddaughters. Rest In Peace Uncle, you will be sorely missed 🙏

Ishita Chadda

November 22, 2020

Uncleji visited us a few times a few years ago. It was always lovely to talk to him. He was so knowledgeable about a variety of topics. He was very disciplined about his exercise. He would always go for his run. We really enjoyed his company. We will miss him. May he find peace with Waheguruji.

Parminder & Mina Singh

November 21, 2020

It was both our privilege and pleasure to know Dr. Iqbal Singh. Of the myriad, endearing qualities he was so abundantly blessed with, in our relationship with him the unmistakable warmth of his demeanor is/was irreplaceable and will be forever missed.
Affectionately, Parminder & Mina

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