By Maheen Kaleem ‘03
This article was originally published in the spring 2013 Harker Quarterly.
Harker parent Mohammed Kaleem, who also served on the Harker Board of Trustees from 2002-08, passed away Feb. 13 in Pakistan. Known to most who knew him as Kaleem, he was born in Hyderbad, India, and migrated to Pakistan with his family during the partition war between Pakistan and India. While supporting his father and six siblings, he saved enough money to attend Oklahoma State University. He played an integral role in many Silicon Valley startups, and became involved with Harker when his son, Daniyal, enrolled.
He joined the board of trustees in 2002 when his daughter, Maheen, enrolled as a member of the upper school’s second graduating class. He advised and contributed to a number of decisions regarding the expansion of the school to the Blackford campus and was a longtime supporter of the dance and musical theater programs. He had very close relationships with many teachers and administrators, always trying to fit baseball or 49ers games with Howard Saltzman and Pat Walsh into his busy schedule. He remained very close to Howard and Diana Nichols after his children had graduated, and never missed a dance production, basketball game or choir performance.
Kaleem is survived by his wife, Dr. Ghizala Kaleem; his son, Daniyal Kaleem MS ’95; and his daughter, Maheen Kaleem ’03.