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Keddy Bharathan


Keddy is originally from the Tamil Nadu state in India. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Madras, an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Bombay. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission of India in the Health Physics Division. Keddy was involved in the pre-operational survey of the environment in the area surrounding the first nuclear reactor in India. He left India in 1970 to attend Temple University where he received an M.S. in Radiological Health. After graduation in 1973 he was hired by UVM as the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer. He is now the Director of the RSO. Keddy said, "I like this place and my colleagues in the RSO. There has been a lot of changes over the years. The radiation danger has been reduced at UVM while the number of radiation handlers has increased from 100 to 500 users."

Keddy has 33 years of valuable service not only to the RSO but also to UVM as a whole. He has been on numerous committees and organizations for UVM. He served on the Staff Council and was the Vice President. He is the past president of the Black and Third World Educators. He was involved with Friends of Indian Music and Dance. He was on the search committee for the Vice President for Student Affairs. He has been a member of the Health Physics Society since 1970 and is member of UVM's Radiation Safety Committee.

Keddy has a wife and 2 daughters. Both daughter graduated from UVM. He is the past president of the India Club. The RSO staff has learned many things about Indian food because of Keddy. He has really 'spiced-up' the office.

Keddy is also an avid racquetball player. He has been a member of the Racquet's Edge for 17 years and plays racquetball every morning. If you're in excellent shape and up for the challenge, Keddy is always looking for another victim on the racquetball court.

Tom Kellogg

Last modified December 14 2006 10:35 AM

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