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Good Deeds: Retired Wichita State professor has full-time job volunteering

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 5:24 a.m.

Prem Bajaj lives for being a volunteer.

Bajaj, 80, retired as an associate professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics from Wichita State University in 2001. Since then, his volunteering has become almost a full-time job.

Bajaj has taught driver safety classes, held offices in the local chapter of AARP, been a past board member of Inter-Faith Ministries and been the president of Indian Students Alumni and Friends, and he is on the board of directors of Helping Our People Economically (HOPE).

That’s not all.

He has served as a volunteer tax counselor for the elderly and tutors students in mathematics at the Math Lab at WSU. He is also the founder of the India Association of Greater Wichita – now the Cultural Association of India – and the Association of Hindu Students in America.

Bajaj was born in India and became a U.S. citizen in 1976. Being a volunteer, he said, “is a nice thing to do. In the morning, it is always something to look forward to.

“After I retired, I didn’t know what to do. I love it very much.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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