Dr. Navnit Raval, 50, a Silver Spring lawyer who was an associate professor at Morgan State College in Baltimore, died Jan. 10 at his home in Glen Arm, Md., after a heart attack.
Dr. Raval had taught political science at Morgan State since 1966 and also taught courses on the Far East at the U.S. Army Intelligence School from about 1968 to 1973. He maintained a private legal practice in Silver Spring where he specialized in immigration and commercial law.
He also was a founder of the House of Worship, an Indian religious and cultural center, in Silver Spring. He was a member of the Maryland bar, the American Society of International Law and the American Political Science Association.
Dr. Raval was a native of India and earned both bachelor's and law degrees at Gujarat University there. He earned a master's degree in international relations at American University and a doctoral degree at Georgetown University.
He came to this country in 1955 as a member of the staff of the Indus River Water Dispute Commission. After working as a translator and broadcaster for the Voice of America from 1957 to 1958 he joined the Embassy of India as a senior research assistant.
He taught political science and international relations at the State University of New York at New Paltz for two years before joining Morgan State's faculty.
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Sushila Raval, two daughters, Pauri and Aaurushi, a son, Kautilya, and his mother, Revaeen Raval, all of Glen Arm.