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Padmanabha Swamy

July 25, 1936 — October 14, 2019

Padmanabha Swamy

P. Narayan Swamy, age 83, son of Padmanabha and Muthulakshmi Iyer, was born in Ranganathapuram, India, and passed away peacefully on October 14, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Swamy received his Bachelor of Science with honors, and his Master of Science and PhD in physics at the University of Delhi. He was a Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, teaching physics for over 30 years and serving as chair of the department. Passionate about learning, he was known to read 4 to 5 different books on a variety of subjects at the same time, often quoting the famous phrase, “When you’re through learning, you’re through.” He conducted research and presented at conferences nationally and internationally, publishing scores of articles on a wide range of topics, including quantum field theory and electrodynamics. He loved classical music and age 50, he began learning to play the piano and practiced for 2 hours each morning before leaving to teach at the university. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, and grandfather, and is survived by his wife, Vijaya, and his son and daughter, Piccolo (Sheetal) and Sangeeta, and two grandchildren that he adored, Avi and Kimaya.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the CurePSP organization. For more information, visit

A private funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 16 at 1:00 pm EST, Segal Funeral Home, 3909 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629.

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