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‘Be like Dr. Yadav’

Professor Dharam Pal Yadav
Professor Dharam Pal Yadav


‘Be like Dr. Yadav’

Professor Dharam Pal Yadav was a man of deep compassion with a stalwart commitment to family and education, a scholar of cross-cultural communication with a talent for connecting with people of all kinds. Those virtues were at the core of a portrait of Yadav that emerged from memorial comments from colleagues, friends, and family who celebrated the longtime UVM professor’s life at a May 2 ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel.

“I have known few wonderful children whose parents deserved them and few wonderful parents whose children deserved them, but as far as I could see, in the Yadav family, both of these rare combinations occurred concurrently…” wrote Justin Joffe, professor emeritus of psychology, in a memorial piece.

Family and the University of Vermont have always been closely intertwined for the Yadavs. Dharam and his wife, Meena, raised their three children—Pramy, Anu, and Sanjeev—in Shelburne and all would earn their undergraduate degrees from the university, with Pramy also continuing on for her MD at UVM.
Working in service and support of the place that educated them was an ethic that Sanjeev says was instilled by their father. Both Sanjeev and Anu served as student members of the Board of Trustees; Anu is currently on the Alumni Association Board of Directors; and all three of the siblings have been active in alumni efforts and events through the years. Sanjeev notes that campus, from the ice of Gutterson Arena to the book stacks of Bailey/Howe Library, was always a part of their childhood.

Beyond his own children, Professor Dharam Yadav was a mentor to scores of UVM students across a forty-two-year teaching career at the university. Joel Goldberg, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, noted the particular influence Yadav had through his work in the Teacher Advisor Program, teaching his “Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Violence in the Media” course while serving as advisor to hundreds of new CAS students through the years.

When the Yadav family returned to India to commit Dharam’s ashes to the river Ganges, they met many who remembered him. Long after he earned his bachelor’s degree at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and went on to earn graduate degrees and make his academic career in the United States, parents in his village would tell their children “study hard and one day you can be like Dr. Yadav.”

The Yadav family has established a fund in memory of their father to support academic enrichment, learning, and scholarship opportunities. Donations may be made to the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund with reference to The Dharam P. and Meena Yadav Charitable Fund (Acct. #1054801), which can be mailed to Fidelity Charitable, PO Box 77001, Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053. Please send questions to

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