Dr. Juan Carlos Lovelace, 66, of Silver Spring, Md., formerly of Leechburg, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md. Juan resided most of his life in the Washington, D.C./Silver Spring, area. He is survived by his father, John C. Lovelace; sister, Carlita L. (Thomas) Hines; and niece, Kayci G. Hines. His mother, Mary Jean (Roebuck) Lovelace, preceded him in death. Juan graduated from Leechburg Area High School with honors in 1968. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a Master of Education from Boston University and Yale University, along with a Doctor of Education from Boston University. Dr. Lovelace was Executive Director of Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington, D.C. He also held the position of Executive Assistant for Child and Youth Administration, D.C. Commission on Mental Health Services. He was a member of the mayor's HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee and a Department of Health Training Coordinator before retiring. He also worked tirelessly as an advocate for mental health issues. Juan loved communicating and socializing with friends and family, attending plays in New York, listening to music and traveling the globe. He is also survived by his godchildren; aunt, Betty Jane Harris; uncles, Luther Lovelace Jr., Elbert (Jacqueline) Lovelace and Seymour Ware; along with a host of cousins.
Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. Homegoing service will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Juan has requested that you make donations/memorials in his name to one of the following: University of Pittsburgh, Hillman Library, Pittsburgh; Yale University Sterling Library, New Haven, Conn.; Howard University Founder's Library, Washington, D.C.; Hampton University Library, Hampton, Va.; The National Cancer Society
- Ovarian Cancer Research; or to the United Negro College Fund. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com
Published by The Valley News Dispatch on Feb. 2, 2017.