Monday, March 16, 2009

Samuel Kavruck GWU Professor

Samuel Kavruck, 94, a professor emeritus of education at George Washington University and former division chief at the old U.S. Office of Education, died of respiratory failure Feb. 24 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. He was a Washington resident.

Dr. Kavruck spent his early career at the Civil Service Commission (now the Office of Personnel Management) and the U.S. Office of Education (now the Department of Education), where he was division chief of the dropout prevention program from 1965 to 1975.

Beginning in 1961, Dr. Kavruck occasionally taught at GWU as an associate or adjunct professor while he held his federal government jobs. He was a member of the faculty from 1975 until his retirement in 1984, when he was designated emeritus. During his time at George Washington, he also taught courses at American University and the University of Maryland.

Samuel Kavruck was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. After working in his father's tailor shop during high school, he attended the City College of New York, where he received a bachelor's degree in biology in 1937 and a master's degree in psychology in 1939. He received a master's degree and a doctorate, both in education, from GWU.

During World War II, he served in the Army as a specialist in psychology and the German language. He later became a captain in the Air Force Reserve.

In 1963, he took a two-year sabbatical from the U.S. Office of Education to work for the United Nations in Rome. He edited the Washington Counseletter, a newsletter for educators, from 1975 to 1995.

He was a prolific painter and won an award from the Corcoran school of art for one of his landscapes. He took pleasure in writing poetry and song lyrics. He was a member of the American Psychological Association since 1940, and of the Tifereth Israel Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Washington, for about 50 years.

His wife of 62 years, Angela Sherman Kavruck, died in 2003.

Survivors include two children, Deborah Kavruck and Barton Kavruck, both of Washington.

-- Alexander F. Remington

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