Dr. Hero Masihcharan Singh, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Passed away Saturday, September 5, 2009, at Hoyt Nursing Home. Age 92 years. A clinical psychologist and founding faculty member at Saginaw Valley State University in 1964, Hero chaired the Departments of Psychology and Sociology until he entered a full time clinical practice, but continued as an adjunct professor until he was 80 years. Upon retirement he was granted Emeritus status by the University. His clinical career spanned more than three decades, including director of the Mental Health Clinic in Bay City, working at the Salman Psychiatric Clinic, and the Delta Family Clinic, from which he retired in 1992. Hero was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Saginaw since 1974 and served in many capacities which included chairing the Pastor Parish Commission, lay leader and delegate to annual conferences as well as the jurisdictional conference of the United Methodist Church. He shared his deep faith and wisdom by teaching adult Sunday School classes over the years. Hero was a gourmet cook and authored a book of his favorite Indian recipes. He was also an avid student of Bible literature and modern psychology, and enjoyed growing prize winning roses. Hero and his wife Merlyn Mondol were founding members of the India Association of East Central Michigan and respected members of the Indian community. An American citizen, Hero was born in Kanpur, India on April 4, 1917. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dr. Merlyn Mondol, Professor Emerita of Psychology at SVSU. He is also survived by six children: Anant, Aditya, Mark, Paul, Kate and David Singh and ten grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Rena Varugis, living in Cochin, India. The funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2009, at First United Methodist Church, 4790 Gratiot Road, Saginaw. Rev. Kathryn S. Snedeker will officiate. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road from 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2009 and then at the church from noon Saturday until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider First United Methodist Church of Saginaw or the Saginaw Valley State University Foundation. www.casefuneralhome.com