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Malathi Veeraraghavan

July 11, 1962May 11, 2020

Malathi Veeraraghavan was born on July 11, 1962 and passed away on May 11, 2020 and is under the care of Teague Funeral Service.

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Robin Ruggaber

May 27, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Malathi's death. We touched base a few years back concerning how to best preserve her scholarship. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

Susanna Nicholson

May 19, 2020

I feel so grateful to have enjoyed Malathi's friendship. There are very few truly exceptional beings on this planet. She was one of them.

Here's what I most remember. She was abundantly generous in her affection and loyalty, incisive in argumentation, simply brilliant and original as an engineer and researcher. At the same time, she sought out perspectives from disciplines beyond her own, especially the humanities. She demanded integrity in her work, and a service ethos in all academic research. For her, knowledge had to serve the welfare of human beings. That was always her primary concern. She was peerless as a mentor and a promoter of women in science at UVa. And a devoted daughter and aunt, traveling to visit family them frequently.

She had the best, warmest smile. That warmth is what I'll remember most. She wouldn't go anywhere to eat with us without her beloved Benji coming along. And together with Shri, she was an ardent sports fan and traveller. She loved the world.

She was pure sunshine in my life and my husband's. It had been months since our last meeting, but time just didn't matter with Malathi. When she cared about you, that was it. The same warmth and openness was always there. I'm confident when we meet again, that warmth will still be there.

Xiuduan Fang

May 18, 2020

I was greatly saddened by the news of Professor Veeraraghavan's passing. As one of her Ph.D. students, I have been grateful that I had the chance to work with her and to continue to have her as my mentor and friend after I graduated. Over the past 16 years, We had great times in discussing a variety of topics, from research to history to politics to work to gender equality to the meaning of life. I have been deeply inspired by her incredible spirit of working to the end, her enthusiasm for research and work, and her deep care toward her students.

I got the chance to work with Professor Veeraraghavan (she preferred to be called MV) in May 2004. It was a difficult time for me when I tried to find a research fund to continue my Ph.D. studies. It was MV who funded me since then until my graduation. MV was enthusiastic and strict in research. She was radically candid. She genuinely cared for me and challenged me with constructive feedback. She treated me and other students as her kids, throwing parties for our accomplishments. When my family visited Charlottesville, MV invited us to her house.

I will miss MV who was an advisor and friend to me. My family is going to miss her too. My heartfelt condolences to Shri.

Xiao Lin

May 17, 2020

I was a visiting PhD student in Prof. Malathi Veeraraghavan’s group. Malathi was not only a highly accomplished professor, but also a great mentor to me. I had the honor to know her and had the greatest respect for her. She was one of the toughest and kindest people I have met in my life. I model myself after her. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be her student even for those few and short years. She was one of those rare individuals who believed me had a talent for academic, built up my confidence and encouraged me to pursue my dreams.
I will miss her a lot. My life is incomplete without Malathi. May her soul rest in peace.

Nathan Swami

May 17, 2020

A person of great passion for her beliefs, Malathi was one who kept all of us alert: as a colleague, a friend or during vigorous discussions on books or politics! She never let a stereotype or any type of irrationality pass away unnoticed and always wanted to evaluate all positions with data. She was so full of facts that often, the only advice I had to her was: "Malathi, just read more fiction" or "Malathi, just go with the spirit". She was not one to be overwhelmed and so I'm dismayed how she passed away so young and in her prime. I'm sure she will be remembered long after by her family, friends, students and the wider professional community, where she excelled. My heart goes out to her family (Shri and Benji).

Margarita Figueroa

May 16, 2020

I was very sad to hear the news of Malathi’s passing.

I will always remember her fondly as she was a very passionate person in all aspects of life.
Our political discussions were always enlightening and full of details. We felt we learned from each other even when did not agree on the point being made.

Malathi’s passion for traveling and discovering the world was amazing and it was eye opening to see the map she kept to show all the places she had visited.

We’ll miss her and send our condolences and our love to Shri and Benji, her trusty four paws companion.

Madhukar Kshirsagar

May 15, 2020

I still can not believe that Malathi is no more. I met her at Bell Laboratories around 1994. She hired me and took me under her wings. She was very warm, kind and a professional mentor for me for almost four years. She was a fountain of energy, her work was meticulous, her ideas were brilliant. She worked tirelessly and was always with a smiling face.
She was so vibrant and always upbeat. No opportunity for celebrations were missed, including birthday of our son and birth of our daughter. I am sorry to be not in touch with her lately. Me and my family are going to miss her very much. I am sure this is a great loss for all the colleagues, science and engineering community.
Our heart felt condolences to Shree and May her soul rest in peace.

Shruti Kumari-Panwar

May 13, 2020

I first met Malathi in1999 while boarding a flight from Newark to Banff. Shiv my spouse was attending a workshop there, I was going along to visit this gorgeous place. As I boarded I heard and saw a fellow Indian woman and we smiled, an immediate connect I felt, we were the same age, ethnicity, and both were animated and excited abut the trip. Turned out she was the organizer of the workshop and had recently joined Poly (now Tandon)!
Over the next three years that Malathi was in NJ/NY area we did Thanksgiving at my home and dinners at hers. The immediate connect I had felt proved true: we discovered we had much in common: dog moms, gardening/plants, walks on the beach with our dogs, same rather silly Brit com shows we both enjoyed (eg. Keeping Up Appearances, I suspect much to the embarrassment of our hubbies). Yes all this sounds trivial but it was very meaningful to me to have met someone I felt so much in common with, the sister I never had. We talked of going for hikes in New England and learning Mandarin together. We never got around to it which I regret immensely.
Malathi was so vibrant, so full of life, so eager and excited about learning new things and travel and trips, she was a joy to spend time with. I wish we had spent more time with her.
I absolutely loved her postcards from all her trips she had on the fridge! I hope Malathi is enjoying some wonderful hike, is completely pain free, and I'm sure she is livening up and getting people excited about all the things to do wherever she is now.
Many people are going to miss her.
My heartfelt condolences to Shri, and I wish him strength.

Eli Dart

May 13, 2020

I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Malathi several times over the years on various aspects of networking. She was gentle and kind, and also quick and brilliant. While always ready to learn, she had a well-founded trust in her own powerful intellect, and would stand by her own reasoning, exchanging ideas to further the understanding of everyone in the conversation. I certainly benefitted from collaborating with Malathi - I hope that she found value in her interactions with me.

The world is smaller and poorer because of her passing - Malathi was a delight. My heart goes out to all of her many friends and family - may she rest in peace, and may we all treasure her memory.

Mariam Kiran

May 13, 2020

I was fortunate enough to get to know Malathi briefly, through her interactions with the team at ESnet. Although I could not get to work with her directly, I always found her very encouraging and inspiring. Her passing is a great loss to the research community.

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