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“If you ever had a teacher who was inspiring, incredibly patient, life changing and directly helped you to master your most difficult subject, for me,...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Shane Madigan - Dallas, TX

“I was lucky to have Doc Kovach as my Latin teacher at Central High School. She remained an inspiration throughout my life. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: Ilse Lowy Nusbaum - Los Angeles, CA

“edith was my latin professor at u of d...she more than anyone else taught me not how to learn but how to think and revel in the joy that process can...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: john urbanik

“Dr. Kovach was my Latin teacher at Mumford HS for two years. Her approach was one I had never encountered before and I was delighted to experience it...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Heidi LeBron Ross - Raleigh, NC

“I'm sorry for the delay in this message but I only just learned that Edith had died. My parents, Mary and Jerry Bernard, met Edith through our...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Bernard - Windsor

“Edith was a special lady - we knew her as our church pew neighbor at St. Hugo, and she always had a warm smile and words of encouragement for me, my...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: The Reider Family - Birmingham, MI

“I can;t help responding to such wonderful tributes to my sister Edith. Those of you who were at the services will agree that they were not mournful,...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Eugene George Kovach - Anacortes, WA

“I first met Dr. Kovach when I was a freshman at U.of D. in 1968. She was an inspiration, mentor, and teacher. I consider myself lucky to have had her...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Alison Gravlin

“Sincere condolences to Dr. Kovach's family and friends. Dr. Kovach was a very special person: a dedicated teacher and scholar with an infectious...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Jim Butler (U-D '85) - Arlington, VA

“Edith was a regular patron at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, and when I first met her, we joked about whether or not I had a better...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Connie Silver - MI

“Dear George and Family - It was such a gift to be able to help Edith these last four months. She enriched my life greatly and I will never forget...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Vicki Steele - MI

“To Edith's Family,Edith was such a special person. She touched so many lives in many ways, and will be remembered fondly as a wonderful teacher and...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Carlene & Rob VanVoorhies - MI

“I graduated from the University of Detroit in 1980. I remember Dr. Kovach as a very scholarly, yet kind and caring instructor.May God bless her and...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Jeannine Lorenger - Bay City, MI

“Dear Family Members,In the late 1970s, Dr. Kovach and her mother would host an annual gathering of the seminarians at their home on Edison. It was...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Fr. Dan Trapp - Detroit, MI

“Dr. Kovach was my teacher at Mumford. I became a Latin teacher, too, and although I made more use of my English major in the Detroit Public Schools,...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Lynne Konstant - Hunington Woods, MI

“Condolences to her family and close friends. Dr. Kovach was my Latin teacher, sponsor of the Latin Club at Central H.S. in the 1950s. She was...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Dotty Decker - Livonia, MI

“I learned a great deal from Edith over the years. Her ideas and comments were a great help to me in teaching, as well as in guiding the Michigan...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Nicholas Young - Detroit, MI

“I never had the privilege of meeting Dr. Kovach; but as a new teacher nearly 40 years ago, I benefitted greatly from her publications. She was a...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Penny Cipolone - Woodbury Hts., NJ

“It is the end of an era. Ms. Kovach was a friend of my mother and very gracious to me, then a recent classical studies grad, when Mom died some...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Heather J. Gruenberg - MI

“Aunt Edith was a dear adopted member to the Wolynski family. Her best friend, Margaret (Peggy) Wolynski, was my mother-in-law. My first thought when...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Angla Wolynski - Huntington Woods, MI

“Edith was a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. Since moving to NJ 12 years ago we have missed her. She involved me in the Detroit Classical Assoication...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Andrew M. Garlick - Wyckoff, NJ

“I share your sorrow. My sister passed away a short time ago. My memories of your family are loving and sweet and funny and dear to me. I hope to see...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Evelynne Moore Girard Dewey - MI

“DR.KOVACH WAS ONE OF MY MENTORS I LOOKED UP TO WHILE ATTENDING CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL BACK IN 1953&1954. I LATER TAUGHT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OAK PARK...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: BOB & RITA LICHTMAN - MI

“I have very fond memories of Dr. Kovach's Latin and Word Power classes at U of D during the early eighties. Her enthusiasm for teaching, coupled with...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Paul Vachon - Oak Park, MI

“Over 50 years ago I attended Post Intermediate School and Mumford High School and took two years of Latin. I loved the language and my teacher.Dr....Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Gary Rosenblatt - West Bloomfield, MI

“Edith was always such an interesting guest at the Donnelly family Thangsgiving celebrations. We always enjoyed visiting with her on those occasions....Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Rich and Cindy Deane - Northport, MI


EDITH M. A. KOVACH, Ph.D.AWARD-WINNING TEACHER at MUMFORD HIGH, and U of D MERCYDr. Kovach, age 88, died on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was born on March 29, 1921, in New York City, New York, to Eugene J. and Hortense M. Kovach, but lived most of her life in Detroit. She had been a resident of Bloomfield Hills currently and was a former resident of the Boston-Edison historical district in Detroit.Dr. Kovach graduated from Central High School, and earned a B.A. and M.A. in Latin and foreign language education respectively at Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in classical studies and Latin from the University of Michigan.She taught languages and math in the Detroit Public Schools for nearly 21 years, chairing the foreign language department at Mumford High. In 1965 she joined the faculty at the University of Detroit where she taught another 21 years, and served as chairperson of the Classical Studies Department. She taught Greek and Latin, and was fluent in Spanish and German.Dr. Kovach received U of D's sixth annual President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1984. She was nationally recognized for developing methods to teach Latin and Greek at both the high school and college levels. She developed drill tapes and tests for Macmillan & Co. to accompany Latin textbooks. She also taught thousands of teachers both in the classroom and at summer workshops and seminars throughout the country. At U of D, she expanded her academic horizons to teach a very popular class, "Word Power", which reconditioned students to the English language by teaching them word origins, syntax, vocabulary, and how to use a dictionary. She helped to write the National Latin exam.Dr. Kovach's first love in teaching remained classical studies. She said, "There's nothing more relevant and meaningful to Western civilization than classical studies. Its continuity and importance to Western civilization is inescapable. It is reflected in our language, art, literature and psychology."Dr. Kovach also urged the University to offer a computer literacy class, but continued to believe that language literacy should precede computer literacy.In addition to her academic accomplishments, Dr. Kovach served on the National Humanities Faculty funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was instrumental in starting both the Detroit Classical Association and Michigan Classical Conference. She also served as a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education, the Chicago Public Schools, the Campus Advisory Board of the American Philological Association, and the University of Michigan Press; and she served on the Foreign Language Curriculum Committee for the State of Michigan.Dr. Kovach had received at least three fellowships from the University of Michigan, including one that allowed her to study at the American Academy in Rome.Surviving Brother: Eugene George KovachNieces/Nephews: George, Mary Edith, Katherine, Christine, and PeterGreat-nieces/nephews: Christopher, Kristin, Kevin, Annelise, Stephen, Scott, and ThomasVisitation: Monday, July 6, 2009, from 3-8 PM at A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084 (between Maple and Big Beaver Roads), with an evening Scripture Service at 7 PMFuneral Mass: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 10:00 AM at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills. Visitation at church begins Tuesday at 9:30 AM.Interment: St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, in Ann Arbor, MichiganIn lieu of flowers, Memorial Tributes may be made to: Detroit Public Library, 5201 Wooodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202-or-Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 W. Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206

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