Ajit Singh Randhawa, Father of Nikki Haley, passed away on This Father's Day
Ajit Singh Randhawa, Father of Nikki Haley, passed away on This Father's Day

On Sunday, Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, shared the heartbreaking news of her father's passing on Father’s Day. Professor Ajit Singh Randhawa, whom she described as “the smartest, sweetest, kindest” man, had battled cancer. He was a man of profound influence, deeply instilling values of faith, hard work, and grace in his children.

In an emotional post on X (formerly Twitter), Haley expressed her sorrow: “This morning, on Fathers Day I had to say goodbye to the smartest, sweetest, kindest, most decent man I have ever known.” She continued, “My heart is heavy knowing he is gone. He taught his kids the importance of faith, hard work, and grace. He was an amazing husband of 64 years, a loving grandfather and great-grandfather, and the best father to his four children.” Haley concluded her tribute with, “He was such a blessing to all of us. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. We will miss you dearly,” accompanying her heartfelt words with a touching photo of her embracing her father.

The Life and Legacy of Professor Ajit Singh Randhawa

Ajit Singh Randhawa hailed from Punjab, India, and later immigrated to the United States, where he carved out a remarkable academic career. He held a master’s degree in biology and earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Canada. In 1969, he moved to South Carolina, where he joined Voorhees College in Bamberg as a faculty member.

Randhawa's contributions to education were significant, and his legacy continues through his family. His wife, Raj Kaur Randhawa, also pursued a career in education, teaching sixth-grade social studies before becoming a successful entrepreneur. Her boutique, which began as a small gift shop, grew into a thriving million-dollar fashion business.

Professor Ajit Singh Randhawa's life was marked by his dedication to education, his unwavering support for his family, and his commitment to the values he cherished. His memory will live on through the countless lives he touched and the enduring legacy of his family.

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