It is with great sadness that the University of Birmingham has learned of the death of our much-loved friend and colleague Dr Arun Kamtekar, Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Engineering. Arun devoted the last 40 years to the University as a researcher and lecturer in structural engineering. Arun leaves behind a widow, Olive, and son, Kiran, who are very much in our thoughts.
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"With my deepest sympathy."
Chris Baker (Emeritus Professor)
School of Engineering
"I am deeply sorry to hear the news about Arun. I respected him so much and benefitted from his help and guidance whether that was to help me progressing in my career or whether that was to confront viewpoints. He was so critical, intelligent, but ultimately kind.
I will miss Arun. "
Pedro Martinez-Vazquez (Deputy Head of Education, School of Engineering)
Department of Civil Engineering
I am deeply saddened to share the news that our friend and colleague Dr Arun Kamtekar, of the School of Engineering, has passed away after contracting Covid-19. Arun was incredibly well liked and will be greatly missed. He leaves a widow, Olive, and son Kiran, who are very much in our thoughts.
Arun devoted the last 40 years to the University. He joined in 1980 and spent the next 25 years as a lecturer in Structural Engineering. After his retirement, he continued to be an active and dedicated member of staff, teaching and conducting research as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering.
Professor Andy Schofield (PVC & Head of College)
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
I met Arun 26 years ago when I first came to work in Civil Engineering. He always struck me as a kind and gentle soul, always making the time to have a quick chat in the corridor. In fact, after moving to Electronic and Electronic Engineering 22 years ago, I bumped into Arun not long ago in the Gisbert Kapp Building and was thrilled to see that he still recognized me and asked about my family. Lovely, lovely man, he will be sadly missed by the School of Engineering. I offer my deepest sympathy to is wife, son and extended family.
Clare Walsh (Project Support Officer)
School of Engineering
Condolences to the family, Dr Arun Kamtekar had a big warm smile to offer everyone, felt every time I would meet him at the corridors of the Engineering Building.
Dr Marianna Cavada (PhD alumna & visitor)
School of Engineering, Civil Engineering
Sending you my deepest sympathy during these difficult times, I remember fondly Arun starting in Civil Engineering in 1980 having joined the department myself back in October 1978 as a Workshop Technician manufacturing many of the welded specimens he requested. He was always a polite person very laid back and very easy to get on with and my thoughts go out to all his friends and family at this very difficult time.
Mr Anthony Barnes (Mechanical Workshop, Student/Casual Supervisor)
EPS Workshop North Side campus, Metallurgy and Materials
With my deepest sympathy.
Chris Baker (colleague and former Head of Civil Engineering)
School of Engineering, University of Birmingham
Although an honorary research fellow Arun was a familiar face around the School and a frequent visitor to the School Operations Hub. On behalf of the Ops Hub can I say how deeply saddened we are to hear this news and to offer our sincerest condolences to his family. He was always very cheerful on his visits to see us and we could tell how much he was respected by colleagues, and how committed he was to his work and his love of his subject. Arun will greatly missed by us all in the School.
Mark Jeffery (Head of Operations)
School of Engineering
My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Dr Kamtekar was a happy and friendly figure at the university when I was a student there. It is an important loss for the university. May he rest in peace.
Mr Aris Kapsanakis
My deep condolences for your loss. I remember Dr Kamtekar from sharing an office in Mech Eng 13 months ago before moving to the Physics group. I hope you are staying safe and healthy.
Dr Archie Kubba
School of Physics and Astronomy
Dear Olive and Kiran. Very sorry to hear about your loss. I used to bump into Arun around the facility corridors. He was always a nice person to greet. His friendly face will be missed at the school.
Dr Richard Davies
I knew Arun 40+ years ago when he was doing research in cambridge. He was a lovely men but more importantly a vital part of the engineering departments cricket team contributing many fine innings. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and would like to pass on my condolences to his wife and son.
Retd. Cambridge University Engineering , 1967 - 2009
I was very sad to hear of Arun's death. Although I didn't ever work with him or get to know him well, he did have a lasting impact on me and I remember him fondly. As a child, I would often go and watch the Mermaids (the University staff cricket team) play. This was as a result of my dad, Rick Groves, being the one time captain and a long-standing player. Occasionally, when the Mermaids were short of players, my brothers and I were even recruited to make up the numbers.
Rick had been a good player in his youth and often bemoaned the poor standard of Mermaids cricket, however, the one quality player he always told us to watch was his good friend, the dashing batsman, Arun. In the summer of 1990, I was 9 years old and India toured England for a memorable Test series. I learned about all the players, including the Indian captain at the time, Mohammad Azharuddin. To my 9-year old self, Arun and Azharuddin were more or less the same person and after one Mermaids match, I excitedly asked Arun, the Mermaids' star player, to sign my cricket bat.
Arun obliged and his was the sole signature on my bat for a number of years. I hope that Olive and Kiran will find some comfort in knowing that I have never forgotten Arun, his batting, his kindness and his "autograph" on my cricket bat.
Birmingham International Academy (BIA)
Sorry to hear of your loss, thoughts are with your family at this time. God bless x
K Chauhan (Education Support Officer)
School of Mathematics and School of Physics & Astronomy
Very sad to hear of the loss of Arun. I played cricket with Arun for Mermaids around the early nineties. He was a great skipper to play for transferring his passion for the game to his team mates. I remember him as a dashing right hand bat, and it was a sad day when he had to retire from the game due to a combination of injury and the influence of Old Father Time. I used to occasionally see him in staff house where we would remember sunny evenings spent on the playing fields of the Bournbrook and Wast Hills.
Dr Trevor C Shields
Mermaids Cricket Club
I’ve known Arun since I started working for Civil Engineering over 15 years ago. I was shocked and saddened to hear about him passing. Arun was such a kind person and would always offer to help. I always used to see him walking around the building and recently walking to and from Gisbert Kapp. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
Sarah Williams (Postgraduate Education Support Administrator)
School of Engineering
It’s with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Arun, and I’d like to offer my deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Whilst I didn’t get to know him as well as I would have liked, I will always remember him helping me to learn more about civil engineering when I first joined the School by sharing his stash of Civil magazines with me. He was always a friendly face when he popped into the office with the latest edition, and he will be missed.
School of Mathematics
Arun, had a great passion for cricket, it was whilst playing for the University Staff team I first met him in the mid-90s. His enthusiasm for the game was what I remembered most. He will be missed by all. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Dr Haroon Chaudhry
School of Chemistry & Metallurgy & Materials
I am so sorry to hear of Arn's death. I have known him almost since the first day I joined the University in 1989. He was always a friendly and helpful colleague who would go out of his way to help a student or colleague. His expertise in structural engineering was of the highest standard and his ability to explain complex concepts to students clearly was impressive. I am really saddened to hear of his death and have both Olive and Kieran in my thoughts at this difficult time.
Professor Kamel Hawwash
School of Engineering
I am extremely sad to hear the news about Arun. I will always remember his enthusiasm and interest in the large School of Engineering celebration events that we would organise, always supporting us and always happy to come along to support the School. We will miss his visits to the Operations Hub. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Hannah Chambers (Research Administration Officer)
School of Engineering
This is shocking for me. I burst into tears when I read this sad news on LinkedIn. Dr. Arun Kamtekar was a great man who imparted knowledge with passion and I first met him in 2005. He was approachable, jovial, humble and always willing to assist students with difficulties in their studies.
The last time I saw him was in 2017 when he was heading home and I watched him until he disappeared into the thin air on Bristol wondering how amazing he was having passed through him. May he find a better place with His creator and I pray God will grant his widow & son the fortitude to bear the great loss. On behalf of 2005/2009 Civil Engineering Alumni, I pay tribute to this amazing hero. I will name the Library in my company after Dr Arun Kamtekar as a form of honour here in Nigeria. Adieu Dr. Arun Kamtekar.
Ajibola Tijani, PhD. (Principal Consultant, Aqua Green Consulting & Construction Company Ltd, Lagos Nigeria)
Alumnus, School of Civil Engineering (2005-2009, 2012-2016)
My sincere condolences to Olive and Kiran. I remember Arun as a loyal member of staff who was devoted to the Department of Civil Engineering and its students.
Les Clark (Former Head of Civil Engineering)
Department of Civil Engineering
I was very sad to hear the sad news about Arun. I worked with Arun in Civil Engineering over 10 ago but would see him from time to time around campus. He was such a lovely man. He still recognised me after many years and always stopped to have a chat. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Lesley Ann Ford (School Operations Manager)
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
I first met Arun when he was the Admissions Tutor in Engineering. He was a lovely man, very gentle and considerate, knew his stuff as well where admissions was concerned. He was very dedicated to his role and was always on hand to answer any queries I had. It is so sad to hear of his loss, he was a very special person and an Admissions Tutor that I fondly remember. Sending love and prayers to his family at this sad time x
Clare Tolley, School of Dentistry Programme Manager
I have known Dr Kamtekar since I started my undergraduate degree at UoB in 2010. In my first year, we often got the 143/144 bus together, we joked about the weather and the traffic. In my second year he delivered the group design projects in Civil Engineering, he was always happy to help us understand the work. My deepest condolences go to his family, he will be greatly missed within the School of Engineering and the wider university community.
Rachel Fisher (Industrial Liaison Fellow)
School of Engineering, BCRRE
I was very sad to hear this news. Arun was well known for his many publications on welding residual stress and I had many very valuable conversations with him on this subject and how it related to work I was undertaking. He studied under the same PhD supervisor (John Dwight of Cambridge) a few years ahead of me and I knew from having studied his thesis the careful and reliable work he did. I send my deepest condolences to his wife and family for this very sad loss.
Dr Richard W P Stonor
Noble Denton Marine Warranty Surveyor (Retired)
My deepest condolences to Dr. Kamtekar's family, friends, and colleagues. I remember him as a thoughtful and patient lecturer from my time as a student (2010 - 2014).
How sad that this has taken away what is usually a very happy time in one's life. Dr Arun Kamtekar and I shared the same supervisor John Dwight at Cambridge. Dr Kamtekar was a few years after me. To his widow and son, who I have never met, please accept my utmost condolences.
Dr kenneth (Ken) E Moxham
I was so sad to hear of Arun's passing. In our few interactions he was always friendly and kind and he was always very appreciative of any help provided by the Operations Hub. He will be greatly missed by many people. I extend my sincere condolences to Arun's wife, son and extended family and friends. I hope these messages of love and support will bring you some comfort in such a difficult time.
Lily Saunders, School Administration Manager
School of Engineering
Condolences to Mrs Kamtekar, his son and extended family.
I was deeply sorry to hear the news, We have know each other in a professional capacity for nearly 20 years. I would look forward to his visits, where good natured and sensible conversation would take place. I had an enormous amount of respect and time for this kind and gentle person. His big smile and warm and relaxed nature will be sadly missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
School of Dentistry & Barnt Green Dental
Arun, Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Olive and Kiran. May they find solace in your life well lived.
Dr Maureen Mapp, Lecturer
College of Arts & Law
It is with great sadness that I learnt of Arun's death. I had known Arun and Olive for nearly 7 years through our mutual love of Scottish dancing. I had only been dancing for a few months and found Arun to be a great help with advice and tips. He and I shared a similar sense of humour which is something I shall miss at our regular dance nights as well as other social occasions that we all enjoyed. My girlfriend got to know him latterly and found him to be a lovely man. My most sincere condolences go to Olive and Kiran. He will be sorely missed by all us that knew him.
Mr Leslie Hawkeswood
I am truly saddened by this news. I knew Arun outside of his academic life, at Scottish Country Dancing where he and Olive have always been very knowledgeable and supportive. Arun will be very sadly missed.
I have known Arun since 1992 when I first came to the University of Birmingham to do an Erasmus year. Arun, Gordon and Dick spent a lot of time teaching me structures and mechanics and making me welcome in the UK. Arun had so much patience which he also demonstrated with all of his students. In recent years, he has always been there for a chat, still very interested in his research. He will be solely missed.
Thinking of you Olive and Kiran.
Department of Civil Engineering
I was shocked and very sad to hear the news - Arun will be missed by all. You touched many of us in so many ways - thank you. With deepest sympathies.
Professor Ian Jefferson
Interim Deputy Head of College
Deepest condolences on this irreplaceable loss. May he rest in peace and may his family and friends find comfort and solace in his memories. Thoughts and prayers for all during this difficult time.
Education Support Team Manager
School of Engineering
Dear Olive and family, Please accept my deepest condolences. Arun was so kind and welcoming when I attended the Tartan Bailey Scottish Country Dancing Club. He was so patient a fabulous dancer and a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mrs Sarah Lumley (wife of Prof Philip Lumley, College of Medical and Dental Sciences)
Arun was a very kind and supportive person. He always had time to greet you and ask how you were. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy go to Arun's family at this sad time.
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences (formerly Civil/Mechanical Engineering
I met Arun at a bus stop in Bournbrook. After crowds of passengers boarded the Birmingham buses we would regularly be left to wait for the 144 to take us home. We would moan about the bus service, the traffic and the weather. We often sat on the bus together and I shared his thoughts on the University and its changes, the new Engineering building, the state of care services and the health service etc. We chatted about many things eg, family, holidays, goings on in Bromsgrove, country dancing, bad knees and learning to drive in Mumbai! He used a bus pass but on days when he needed his car and he saw me still at the bus stop he would stop and kindly give me a lift home for which I was very thankful. He was a lovely man. My condolences to his wife and family.
School of Computer Science
Such a wonderful Man, I first met Arun when I joined my mother in law at her Scottish country dancing group, this man welcomed me and was happy to help show me the ropes, always a smile and a friendly attitude towards everyone. Arun and Olive bought laughter and smiles to our wedding day too, he will be sadly missed and always remembered.
Mrs Lisa Harrison
A truly professional academic and a friend and colleague for over 20 years who will be greatly missed. The Department will not be the same without him. Olive and Kiran, my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy are with you at this most difficult time.
David Chapman (Professor of Geotechnical and Underground Engineering)
School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Arun will be much missed in the School; I always enjoyed having a quick chat with him for the last 10 years since joining Civil Engineering. Sending deepest sympathy.
Dr Jenny Illingsworth, Manager of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education
School of Engineering
Dear Olive we are both very sad of hear this news.
Linda and Geoff Aldridge
U3A pub lunches
I was so shocked and saddened to learn of Arun's death. I first met Arun when I joined the University's Civil Engineering department in 1999, and will be forever grateful to him for his kindness and support, particularly during my time as Civil Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Secretary. I learned a lot from him.
There are some wonderful tributes to Arun in this Book of Condolence, which I believe describe his character and intellect so well. The expression "quietly brilliant" comes to my mind when I think of him. I am very pleased to have known him.
Susan Hopkins, Undergraduate Admissions Secretary (retired in 2011)
School of Civil Engineering
I am Arun’s cousin staying in Mumbai. Had spent lot of time playing together in our school days. Met him very recently at my house, when his sister passed away. He had promised to visit us again during his next visit to India. The news of his sudden death was a shock to all of us. Our condolences to Olive and Kiran. May his soul rest in peace.
It was an honour and pleasure to have worked alongside Arun when I was a visiting Senior Lecturer helping with second year design projects.. I first met him when he was Chairman of the Midlands Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers and my firm had been given an award. He was a delight to be with, a lovely gentle man who cared deeply about his chosen profession and the teaching of it's principles. I will miss him at our lunches when we talked so often about cricket. He is a great loss.
Mr Stephen Evans (CEng FIStructE)
Civil Engineering Department
Very sorry to hear the sad news about Arun. We often caught the same bus home from the University to Bromsgrove and he was always a pleasure to talk to whilst we waited for the bus. My thoughts and condolences to Arun’s family and friends at this very sad time.
Dr Steve Bull
Dr. Kamtekar was my wife's uncle. That is how I got to know him and I feel blesed and fortunate that I did. He was truly a wonderful man who never let his brilliance get the better of him. We were planning to call and chat with him, but were unfortunate in our timing. We will always miss his wonderful presence and I in particular will miss all the energetic conversations I had with him on so many different topics. I always came away better-informed at the end of these discussions. Olive, Kiran and Helen: Mangala and I wish you our deepest condolences on this sad occasion and want you to know he will always live on in our hearts.
Pradeep and Mangala Gandhi
My brother and I got to know Arun through my friendship with Olive (We were at university together). Latterly we greatly enjoyed Arun's company when a few old friends would meet from time to time for a pub lunch. Arun was always a lively lunch companion. He was a person of strong views expressed in his distinctive voice. I echo what many have said about his ever-present friendliness, warmth and sense of humour. And he never argued about the bill!
I was interested to hear what an essential role cricket played in his life and how he himself was no mean batsman. I never saw him play, so have to imagine the physical grace he brought to that activity-enhanced by his good looks. My brother and I do, and will, miss Arun. We send our condolences to Olive, Kiran and Helen. They are in our thoughts.
Kathleen and Michael Rowberry
You will go on in our thoughts.
Civil Engineering (Retired)
Goodbye old friend.
Dr Andrew Tobias
I am so sad to see the passing of Arun. I have been an Institution of Civil engineers (ICE) colleague of Arun for many years and have visited him frequently in his office at The University. He was chairman of ICE West Midlands, preceding me in that position by several years. He was always very helpful in a cheerful way. I will miss his invitation to visit for a chat and cuppa.
Very saddened by this news. We give our heartfelt condolences to Arun's wife and family. We knew Arun through his connection with the Institution of Civil Engineers and the tremendous work he did on the ICE's Law and Contract course. A lovely man and very dedicated to his profession. You are in our thoughts at this very difficult time.
Dr Colin Clinton and Jane Clinton
Institution of Civil Engineers
I was so very sad to learn of this news, Arun was such a kind and generous man in all respects. He helped me a great deal with Institution of Civil Engineers and University activity for many years. He was dedicated to the profession and as such, helped many people reach their potential. I shall miss bumping into him and listening to his calm, wise and insightful words. My condolences to his family and close friends.
Steve Feeley, Director Membership Recruitment
Institution of Civil Engineers
I am extremely saddened and shocked to learn of Arun mama’s sudden passing. May he Rest In Peace. Dear Olive and Kiran please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. I pray that you get the strength to cope with this tremendous loss.
Dr. Aruna Dabholkar
I met Arun in the early 70s when we were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, when we were students at St John's College, University of Cambridge. We became friends and stayed in touch over the years and I last saw him at a reunion lunch he organised in Bromsgrove, shortly before last Christmas. He used to stay with me in London when he attended his Parole Board meetings there. He was a true gentleman who will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
President, The Johnian Society
My deepest condolences to Dr. Kamtekar's family. We were sorry to hear the news. Thank you for his guidance and inspiration to our final year project of steel bridge design.
Erica S K HUI and Dennis C H MA (Class of 2005)
Dear Olive & Kiran, I heard with sadness the news about our beloved Doctor. I was lucky to be one of his students in 1983 and we all held highest respect and regards for his professional and human quality.
May God bless his soul and may his warm memory comfort your heart.
Civil Engineering, Class of 1984
Rest in peace Dr Kamtekar. It was only a few days ago that I was reminiscing with friends about you and your lectures. Thirty six years since graduation and still fondly remembered.
Civil Engineering, Class of 1984
I was very sad to read of the sad passing of Arun today. I first met Arun shortly after he joined the Department, three years after myself. We were colleagues, both living in Bromsgrove, and regularly commuted together to and from work. Arun was a scholar in every way. Not only was he clearly a first class academic in structural analysis, but he was incredibly well read. In particular, I will remember him with much admiration for his remarkable general knowledge and his impressive logic in presenting his case in any discussion or debate. I left the Department in 1987, but always remained in close contact with Arun. My very sincere condolences to Olive and Kiran.
Staff Member 1977-86, DEng Alumni - Civil Engineering
I am very sorry to hear that Dr Kamtekar has passed away. Please do pass on my condolences to Olive and Kiran. Dr Kamtekar was my personal Tutor from 1983 to 1986 and we became very good friends exchanging family news for many years. He came to my wedding and we regularly exchanged news about the children. I enjoyed the many conversations we had, not just on about engineering but about the world in general. He was someone who was incredibly intelligent but also humble kind and very patient. Our thoughts are with Olive and Kiran.
Dr Arpinder Bansi neé Samra
Alumna - Civil Engineering
Our deepest condolences to Arun’s family. Arun has been a devoted structural lecturer to us. He will be greatly missed.
John Lau & Cherry Cheng
Alumni, School of Civil Engineering (1998-2001)
I graduated in 1989 and remember Dr Kamtekar as an excellent lecturer who would take time out to talk one to one to help you out with the deeper mysteries of The Finite Element. Very considerate dedicated man. Condolences to his family.
Mr John Kennedy
Civil Engineering Class of '89
Very sad to hear of the loss of my former tutor (1989-1993) and Mermaids cricket teammate. Hope the teas are as good wherever you are resting now.
Richard Manock, Associate Director
Dr K led myself and our group of students though numerous small group teaching sessions during my degree and made a lasting impression as a result of his calm and collective manner and subtle hints to resolve problems ourselves. I was therefore extremely saddened to hear of the untimely passing of a brilliant Engineer who passed on his knowledge and mindfulness to others in every situation.
Mr Thomas Hughes
Department of Civil Engineering Alumni
My condolence goes to Olive and Kiran, and other members of Arun's family. I was Arun's first PhD student at Birmingham University. It was the early-mid eighties and I spent three memorable years under Arun's supervision researching into the ultimate strength of steel plate girder. The sponsored funding that Arun obtained from Lloyd's Register of Shipping made it possible for me, as a mature student with a family to support, to return to Birmingham University to undertake postgraduate research. This changed the direction of my subsequent career.
I have fond memories of Arun, who had always been helpful and were willing to give me guidance in whatever way he can. It is a pity that we rarely had the opportunity to meet as I left Birmingham immediately after finish my PhD research. I am particularly saddened that Arun was a victim of the dreaded Covid-19.
Dr Marcus MK Lee
Alumni of Department of Civil Engineering (1974-1977 BSc; 1983-1986 PhD)
I was very sad to hear about Arun's passing. I first met him in 1991 during my MSc Foundation Engineering course and later through his work on the ICE Law and Contract course when I was preparing for my chartered professional review in the mid-1990s. He was simple, yet thorough and very dedicated to the profession.
My condolences to his family and friends. Civil Engineering has lost another gem. Rest in Peace Arun.
Director, DTS Raeburn Ltd
My deepest condolences and sympathies to Dr Kamtekar's family. May he rest in peace.
Civil Engineering, Class of 1998
Dr Arun Kametkar was a unique character in the department and had a different type of teaching style that nobody else had. I can specifically pin point the exact moment in 2011 when my perspective on Structural Engineering changed, all because of Dr Kamtekars very simple questions. He shaped my perspective on engineering principles and this philosophy has extended into all aspects of my own learning.
He helped me to learn to take a basic reductionist view on topics I thought I understood, along with my peers, only to be proven that we had all over-estimated our own understanding. This ability to direct a student towards a humble approach to learning made my education and career in engineering change.
Mohammed Al-Sharif (Alumni)
Whenever I think of the University of Birmingham, the first person and voice coming to my mind is that of Dr. Kamtekar. The first contact I made with the university was through him in his role as Admissions Tutor in 1997. I had found him to be very warm and supportive of me during my time there as an international student hailing from Barbados. I remember him often trying to engage me in conversation about cricket and declaring his high expectations of me as a fan of the game, since I was from the West Indies. Boy, was he disappointed when I told him I was that lone Bajan who didn't fancy the game. I was almost certain he would have rejected my application to uni had he known before. Nonetheless, he would never let me slip by in the corridors unnoticed and we continued to share many a joke during my time there. Thank you Dr. Kametkar for the wonderful memories and for being a guiding source of inspiration. I extend deepest sympathies to Olive and Kiran.
School of Civil Engineering - Class of 2000