Kali Charan Bahl, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, passed away at the age of 90 on March 29, due to complications from pneumonia.
Born in India, Bahl emigrated to this country with his beloved wife, Vimla, to focus on his graduate studies at Yale and Cornell. He came to the University of Chicago in 1960 and retired in 1995, a faculty member of the South Asian Languages and Civilizations and Linguistics departments. Upon his retirement he also donated a large collection of books from his personal collection on South Asia to the University of Chicago Library. He was a lifelong academic and educator. In retirement, he continued his travels to India to lecture, write, and publish relentlessly. Among his works pre and post retirement:
- Norman H. Zide, Colin P. Masica, Kalicharan Bahl and Anoop C. Chandola, Editors. A Premchand Reader. Honolulu: East-West Center Press. 1962.
- Study In The Transformational Analysis Of The Hindi Verb, 1963.
- Korwa Vocabulary. Mimeo., Chicago 1963.
- Reference Grammar of Hindi 1967
- On The Present State Of Modern Rajasthani Grammar, Rājasthānī Sódha Saṃsthāna, 1972
- Ādhunika Rājasthānī kā saṃracanātmaka vyākaraṇa, Rājasthānī Śodha Saṃsthāna, 1980
- Studies In The Semantic Structure of Hindi: Synonymous Nouns And Adjectives With Karana, Motilal Banarsidass, 1974 (w/assistance of Richard Williams)
- Studies In The Semantic Structure of Hindi Vol. 2: Synonymous Nouns And Adjectives With Karana Manohar Publications, 1979 (w/assistance of Richard Williams)
- The Concept Of Person As A Relational Category In Modern Standard Hindi And Interpersonal Speech-Behavior On The Parts Of Its Partakers, University of Chicago, 2007.
Bahl is survived by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Vimla, two sons, Vinit (wife Rose) and Chandra (wife Susan), daughter Vipula, and five loving grandchildren (Anjali, Kendall, Conor, Quinn, and Dallas)