Dr. John F. Lavach, 75, an esteemed professor at the William & Mary School of Education, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 30, 2012.
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In 1967 he began teaching at the college, becoming a well-respected, full tenured professor, where he remained until his death.
Dr. Lavach served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg during 1956-1958.
Following his service with the Army, he received his bachelor's degree in Biology from Montclair State College in New Jersey and his master's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, also in New Jersey. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Education from Duke University.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed being a private pilot, a musician and mountain climber, but above all else, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 50 years, Pat Lavach; son, Chris Lavach and wife, Noelle, and their children, Haley and Jackson Lavach; daughter, Kim Lavach and husband, Jim Gravgaard, and their children, Ally, Cate and Gigi Gravgaard; and siblings, Louis, Paul, and Loretta Lavach.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, September 25, at The College of William and Mary. The service has been relocated from the Wren Chapel to the School of Education, 301 Monticello Ave., the site of the former Williamsburg Community Hospital, in the Matoaka Woods Room. A reception will follow in the courtyard and no parking permits will be needed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the School of Education at The College of William & Mary, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187. Please make checks payable to The College of William and Mary Foundation noted in memory of John Lavach, or Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, 2012