Former dean of Math and Science passes away


Emmalee Scheibe, Staff Writer

Dr. Jogindar Johan, who was the former dean of the Division of Math and Science, passed away, Oct. 10, at the age of 82. He had retired from WSC after 32 years of dedicated service.

He was born in Rawalpindi, India, on Jan. 1, 1935, and departed in Chesterfield, Mo. He was a father, grandfather, friend, brother and teacher.

“Johar was my first contact here at WSC,” Professor Mark Hammer said. “He was the one who hired me.”

Johar was in charge of advising RHOP students and making sure that they got to UNMC. He was well-liked by students and did advising. Advising is how most of the students knew him.

“I got along with him very well, and he respected new ideas,” Hammer said. “He was always finding ways to promote our division and the school.”

Johar received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the Government College Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He then continued his education by attending the University of Florida and the University of Idaho. Johar was a chemist and was in charge of the Math-Science division in Carhart, when WSC had seven different divisions.

“He always let faculty teach the way that they thought would be best for their classroom,” Hammer said.

Johar was an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy and participated in the Democratic Party. He was a member of the Nebraska State Education Association and received the J. G Elliot Award for outstanding contributions to healthcare in Nebraska.