Vijay Nair

Vijay Nair

Thursday, July 7th, 1949 Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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Obituary for Vijay Nair

Vijay Nair, 69, of Newtown, passed away peacefully at his home in Newtown on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Son of Ponnamma and Sankunny Nair, he was born in Alwaye, India on July 7, 1949. Vijay was a resident of Newtown for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Patricia M. Poli, who cared for him during his illness.
Vijay came to the United States in 1969 to attend the University at Buffalo where he made many life-long friends. He began his career at the Adirondack Museum, now the Adirondack Experience. While he worked there he learned to cross-country ski and during the warmer weather would row out to an island in Blue Mountain Lake to enjoy his first cup of coffee watching the sun rise.
Vijay then became an academic as a librarian at the School of Mines, University of Minnesota. He then moved to Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury and was the Reference Librarian until his retirement in 2016. While at WCSU, Vijay was an active member of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) for more than 30 years. He was elected President of the Connecticut State University System AAUP where he served the four campus system of approximately 3,500 full-time and part-time members. He took great pleasure in his accomplishments as the chief negotiator for several of the System’s multi-year union contracts.
Vijay was loved by many who found him to be an entertaining friend who taught them much. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Calling hours will be Sunday, April 14, from 3 to 5 pm, at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider making a donation to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society,

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    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Honan Funeral Home
    58 Main Street
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    Sunday, April 14th, 2019
    3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Rebecca Wood

I knew Vijay during my time as the secretary of CSU-AAUP. His humor brought me joy and his dedication to the union was truly inspirational. I offer his family my heartfelt condolences.
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Carol Shaw Austad

My condolences to Patricia and Vijay’s family. I have known Vijay for over 20 years as we worked together in AAUP. Vijay's dedication to academia and his fellow faculty has been a gift to all of us. He will be missed.
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Katherine Hermes

I’m sorry to hear of Vijay’s passing. I served on the CSU-AAUP council for several years while he was Vice President. He was so dedicated, and was President through difficult times. My condolences to Patricia and all Vijay’s family and friends. He’s gone far too soon. - Kathy Hermes
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