Ivan Denis Kovacs
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Nov. 8, 1930 - March 13, 2013
Resident of Amherst, MA
Ivan Denis Kovacs of Amherst, Ma passed away peacefully on March 13, 2013, surrounded by a close and loving family.
Ivan was born in Budapest, Hungary 11/8/30. After attending University in Budapest, Ivan worked with severely disabled youth, before fleeing to the United States as a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution. After continuing his education at the University of Michigan, he married his first wife Sallyann Rubin and proceeded to have four sons, Roland Kovacs of Ann Arbor, MI, Peter Kovacs of Modesto, Gregory Kovacs of Los Angeles, and Andrew Kovacs of Torrance, Ca.
In 1970, Ivan moved to Hayward, and began teaching at California State University Hayward, founding the Department of Human Development. Ivan had a very significant impact on his students and colleagues during his career at CSU Hayward.
In 1989 he met his current wife Margaret Wright and had another son, Tristan Kovacs of Amherst, MA. Ivan and his family, later moved to Amherst to enjoy the seasons, as well as the social and academic climates of the East Coast.
Ivan is also survived by 8 grandchildren as well a new granddaughter expected to arrive August 2013 and stepson Seth Wright.
Please join us in a reception to celebrate Ivan's life held on May 6, 2013 at the campus of CSU East Bay in the Biella Room from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation would be appreciated.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 28, 2013