RAJINDER SINGH KAHLON, commonly referred to as “Ray”, joined the Commission staff in December, 1973, as an Associate Utilities Engineer after having worked for several years with various consulting engineering firms on water and ‘sewage disposal projects through-out Southern California. Upon joining the PUC he moved to the Bay Area and he worked on gas safety matters ensuring that state and federal safety policies was adhered to by gas utilities in California. For a belief period he worked on gas rate proceedings determining what money should: be allocated utilities to carry out their projected programs. While engaged in this work, and partially due to the pressures, he faced at work; Ray suffered his first heart attack. Looking for a slower pace of life Ray returned to gas safety work in 1976 and was soon promoted to a Senior Utilities Engineer,
For several years Ray headed Electric Safety and Service Section, enforcing the Commission’s electric safety procedure. In 1987, the Commission recognized the contribution Ray had made to the Commission over the years and promoted him to a Program and Project Supervisor responsible for overseeing the work of the Gas Service and Safety Section. Ray worked in the capacity right up to his untimely death on March 1, 1988,
Not only was Ray recognized for his professional achievements while at the Commission but for the concern he showed his fellow associates. He was a friend to all. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
He worked for the charhdikala of the Panth and was always concerned for the plight of the Sikhs in India and abroad. He was one of the patrons of the World Sikh News.
Article extracted from this publication >> March 18, 1988