Renowned geneticist, doting father, and life of the party, Amar J. S. Klar, Ph.D., died at age 69 on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 in Frederick, Maryland.
Dr. Klar was born April 1, 1947 in Punjab, India, to Sardar Kehar Singh and Sardarni Dalip Kaur. On the strength of his intellect and tireless efforts, he was awarded a scholarship to Brandeis University and then furthered his training at the University of Wisconsin and the University of California, Berkeley.
He then began his career with seminal breakthroughs at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he worked with Nobel Laureates Drs. James Watson and Barbara McClintock, before being recruited to the National Institutes of Health in Frederick in 1988.
His prolific scientific accomplishments included contributions to leading journals such as Science and Nature. Over the past 30 years his dedication to research and education across the globe have led him to forge his own illustrious career and become known as "The Father of Epigenetics."
Since moving to Frederick, Dr. Klar has lived in the same home with his wife, Kuljit Kaur, where they raised their two daughters, Nitasha and Amy. He loved spending time with his family and playing tennis with his daughters, who both played for Urbana High School. He was immensely proud to see both of his daughters excel in their own careers and become physicians. Last year he celebrated the weddings of both of his daughters and welcomed his new sons Drs. Sukhjeet Batth and Jaspreet Sidhu into the family.
He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends throughout the D.C. and Baltimore area. He had a special talent for befriending anyone he met within seconds and sharing his passions with them.
Family and friends would agree that Amar had contagious enthusiasm about work and life. "To live in hearts of those we leave behind is not to die". His spirit will live on forever.
Funeral services will be held from 12 to 2 PM on Friday, March 10th, at the Donaldson Funeral Home, 1411 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD. Religious services to follow from 4 to 6 PM at Guru Nanak Foundation of America Gurdwara, 12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD.
We invite family and friends to share their remembrances and messages to the family at AmarKlar.com
Published by The Frederick News-Post from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2017.