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WVU professor emeritus, loyal supporter passes away

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West Virginia University professor emeritus who tirelessly supported the University, its programs and students has passed away at the age of 84.

Dr. Joginder Nath, professor emeritus and longtime chair of the genetics and developmental biology program in the WVU  Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, died Sunday (Dec. 11) night after a long illness.

“Dr. Nath was my friend, and even now continues to motivate me, and so many others,” said  Daniel J. Robison, dean of the WVU Davis College. “He represented all that is good and right with higher education – how it can advance science and the arts for human good, how it can elevate people, how it makes our world a better place.

“He was a true Mountaineer, an adopted son of this state, and nation, and a continuing inspiration. Our most heartfelt condolences to his wife, Charlotte, and sons Pravin and Brian and their families. We will always hold them dear here at WVU.”

A native of India, Nath earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Panjab University. He moved to the U.S. in his 20s and earned a doctorate in genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.