WILLIAM C. KVARACEUS

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WILLIAM CLEMENT KVARACEUS  
(Age 101)  

William Clement Kvaraceus, PhD, died of pneumonia in Rockville, MD, on October 17, 2013 at the age of 101. He earned a BA degree from Boston College in 1934 and Master's and Doctorate degrees from Harvard University. He became a Professor of Education and chairman of the Department of Education at Boston University, and later at Clark University and Bridgewater State Teacher's College. Other highlights of his career included an appointment as Professor of Education and Director of Youth Studies at Tufts University and lecturer in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. During his storied career he helped pioneer the study of juvenile delinquency and was invited as a guest lecturer and expert consultant by UNESCO, the NEA, and several foreign governments as well as many colleges and universities around the United States. Dr. Kvaraceus was also a renowned author of eleven books and numerous articles and papers on juvenile delinquency and education.
William was the beloved husband of the late Christine Gordon Ross Kvaraceus, loving father of daughters Jill Brantley of Alexandria, VA and Jane Hemmingson of Rockville, MD, father-in-law of Gerry Hemmingson and James Brantley, brother-in-law of Josephine Kvaraceus of Falmouth MA and Ruth Benoit of Centerville, MA and proud grandfather of Jason Brantley, Jennifer Brantley, Lynn Hemmingson, and Thomas Hemmingson, brother of the late Joseph, Peter Kvaraceus and Florence Budreski and uncle of several nieces and a nephew.
After growing up in Brockton, MA, William and Christine raised their family in Sharon, MA and New Seabury on Cape Cod. His final years were spent in Old Town Alexandria, VA and Rockville, MD. William will be remembered for his love for his family and faith, his keen intellect, his devotion and contributions to education and learning, his amazing dedication to his students, and his wonderful wit and sense of humor.
Friends will be received at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20850 on Monday October 28, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 or St. Vincent De Paul Society, Christ the King Parish, P.O. Box 1800, Mashpee, MA 02649. Checks may be made out to "SVDP". Please view and sign the family guestbook at


Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 23, 2013
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