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Harbans S. Grover, architect oversaw UB projects; Oct. 5, 1934 -- Sept. 11, 2010

A memorial service for Harbans S. Grover, who oversaw construction at the University at Buffalo for 20 years as director of architectural services, will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 in the Sikh Cultural Center and Gurdwara, 6569 Main St., Amherst.

A former Williamsville resident, Mr. Grover died last Sept. 11 in Whittier, Calif., after a long illness. He was 76.

Born in New Delhi, he went to England at the age of 16 to study art and architecture. He returned to India six years later to start his own architectural firm, designing commercial buildings and homes.

In 1967, he joined an architectural firm in Ottawa, Ont., where he designed schools and hospitals, before coming to Buffalo in 1969 to design commercial and institutional buildings with several firms here.

After becoming university architect and director of architectural services at UB in 1977, he oversaw design and construction on the North Campus in Amherst and the refurbishing of buildings on the South Campus. He retired in 1997.

Prominent in the Sikh community in Buffalo, he became the first president of the Sikh Society in 1972 and was active in the local gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) and youth programs.

In retirement, he enjoyed traveling, photography, painting and his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Jagdish Sachdeva; a son, Dr. Tejpal; and a daughter, Dr. Komal "Pany" Grover-Sudick.