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Milton J. Marovich '51

Milton J. Marovich, long a Kalamazoo, Mich., area teacher and lawyer, died there on August 3rd, 2013 of prostate cancer. He was 86. Born on Dec. 5, 1926, in Rockford, Ill., Marovich graduated from Rockford's West High School in 1944, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served in the Western Pacific. Upon discharge in 1946, he settled in Chicago and wed Isabel L. Dvorin, to whom he was married for 65 years until her death in 2011. They studied for a year at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, then returned to Chicago in 1947, where Marovich performed time studies for Ford Motor Company. In 1951, the family moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., where Marovich enrolled at the Western Michigan College of Education, now Western Michigan University, under terms of the GI Bill. He earned a B.S. in both English and industrial arts in 1954 and an M.A. in education, also from WMU, in 1960 and received his Michigan education certificate in 1958. While enrolled at Western Michigan, Marovich worked for both Consumers Power Company and Willmark Service Systems, and he briefly sold garages. Upon graduation and certification, he taught English, social studies and driver training in the Kalamazoo Public Schools from 1955 to 1957, and he taught industrial arts in the Portage Public Schools from 1957 to 1972, including a period as the department chair at Portage North Junior High School. Following an in-service training program at the University of Maryland in 1967, he helped to redesign Portage's industrial arts curriculum. He also taught driver training for the Kalamazoo County Safety Council from 1965 to 1972. In 1972, Marovich left teaching to attend the University of Detroit School of Law, where he earned a J.D. in 1975. Following admission to the Michigan Bar that year, he practiced law in Kalamazoo until 2008. From 1975 to 1980, he was a partner with Ross Stancati; from 1980 to 1990 a partner with Richard Stroba; and from 1990 to 2008, a sole practitioner. Marovich served as a public defender for a period beginning in 1976, and he ran, unsuccessfully, for election as a Kalamazoo County District Court judge in 1980. He served for many years in several capacities as a volunteer and officer in the Southwestern Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which inspired his law career, and he worked as an associate director in the state ACLU office while in law school. He was also a frequent contributor to the “Viewpoint” column in the Kalamazoo Gazette's editorial section. Milton attended Peoples' Church for many years, travelled widely with his family, and greatly enjoyed friends, books, food, and wine. He is survived by a sister, Ruby Green of Cleveland, Ohio; son, Scott, of East Palo Alto, Calif.; son, Steve, of Kenosha, Wis., and his wife, Melissa; son, David; granddaughter, Beatrice, of Brooklyn, New York; daughter-in-law Anna Ill and her husband, Carl Ill, of Kalamazoo