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New award in memory of Okanagan College professor

Vaz Santosham, Kendall Ross, Peter Santosham, Penny Santosham, Nathan Milligan. The Santosham family recently created a new annual academic award in memory of Okanagan College professor Dr. Thomas V. Santosham.
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January 20, 2015 - 7:24 PM

PENTICTON - A respected Okanagan College professor will be remembered through an annual award.

Professor Tom Santosham died when his car slid into a lake near his Penticton home on Oct. 31, 2014, and shortly after his family decided to create an annual award in support of business students at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, where Dr. Santosham taught global marketing for 14 years.

The first memorial awards were presented by Dr. Santosham’s family to two of Dr. Santosham’s students on Dec. 5.

Kendall Ross and Nathan Milligan were both students of Dr. Santosham at the time of his death.

Milligan said it was a privilege to be educated by “such a humble person who had an abundance of life and career experience.”

Ross appreciated the timeliness of the award, saying, “Finances have been difficult throughout school and this has allowed me to start a savings account for my future, possibly to pursue a master’s degree.”

The Santosham Award in Business will be open to domestic students continuing in the Business Administration Program, with selection based on academic achievement and financial need. The annual award is worth $1,000.

Donations to the Thomas V. Santosham Award in Business can be made by contacting Anne Kirkpatrick, Development Officer, Okanagan College Foundation, or by contribution online at:

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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