Lawrence Technological University is honoring the memory of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a former president of India who died at the age of 83 on July 27. A memorial service will be held on campus Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield.
LTU President Virinder Moudgil, who is a native of India, said the university will hold the memorial service “in support of our many students from India and their reverence and regard for the former president.”
Lawrence Tech enrolls more than 400 students from India.
A career scientist and engineer, Kalam was a leader in India’s civilian space program and military missile development program. He played a key role in India’s successful development of nuclear weapons in 1998.
Kalam served as India’s 11th president from 2002 to 2007, having gained the support of both of India’s major political parties.
In a statement released by the White House, President Barack Obama honored Kalam as both a scientist and a statesman, noting that he forged stronger ties between India and the United States during his presidency.
“Suitably named ‘the People’s President,’ Dr. Kalam’s humility and dedication to public service served as an inspiration to millions of Indians and admirers around the world,” Obama said.