Dr. Dharam P. Yadav – Shelburne

Dr. Dharam Pal Yadav passed away peacefully in Boston, Mass., on April 4, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by those that he loved most, his beloved and devoted wife of 41 years, Meena, his three children, Pramila Rajni Yadav, M.D., Anuradha Yadav, Esq., Sanjeev Pal Yadav, all of Boston, Mass., and his younger sister, Krishna Yadav and brother-in-law, Mahendar S. Yadav, of Delhi, India. He was born on Feb. 22, 1939, in Haiderpur village, Delhi, India. He was the son of the late Lakhi Chand and Bhawti Yadav. In 1957, he completed his B.S. in the Physical Sciences, with honors and high distinction, from St. Stephens College, Delhi, India. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from Delhi University. Upon finishing his Master’s, he worked as a Research Officer at All India Radio and Television on a project concerned with the development of educational television programs in literacy, health care, and urban community development. He then joined the National Indian Planning Commission, working on development projects in partnership with the Ford Foundation. It was here he met Dr. Everett Rogers, the internationally recognized communications scholar, who encouraged Dharam to consider pursuing doctoral studies in the United States. Dharam joined Dr. Rogers at the University of Michigan in 1964, and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Communications at Michigan State University in 1967, under his advisement. His doctoral thesis focused on Communication Structure and Innovation Diffusion in Indian Villages. Upon completing his Ph.D., Dharam led research at George Washington University with respect to training in intercultural communication and in management and organizational communication. In 1970, Dharam joined the faculty of the University of Vermont (UVM), where he was a professor of Communications and Psychology. During his tenure at UVM, he was chairman of the Department of Communications and served on a number of university committees including the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Senate Executive Council, and the Enrollment Management Council. The values of a commitment to lifelong education and learning, hard work, and understanding that “to whom much is given, much is expected” were so important to Dharam. It was these virtues that he constantly conveyed to his children, nieces, nephews, and countless students and advisees over a 42-year teaching career at UVM. Dharam enjoyed traveling and spending time with his children, discussing Indian and global history and religion, and walking in the evenings in his neighborhood in Shelburne, where he had lived since 1974. A memorial service, celebrating his life, will be held at Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 2 pm, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations 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 Dharam P. and Meena Yadav Charitable Fund, c/o Sanjeev P. Yadav, One Charles Street South, #712, Boston, Mass. 02116, to support academic enrichment, learning and scholarship opportunities.

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