Victor Viosca Cavaroc
Victor Viosca Cavaroc
  • May 4, 1937 - December 10, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Victor Viosca Cavaroc, Jr. died peacefully on December 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New Orleans, LA on May 4, 1937. He received his B.S. degree in Geology from Tulane University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and served in the United States Navy, Lt (jg), USS Vesuvius, Pacific Fleet. Between his M.S. and Ph.D., Vic was an Offshore Production Geologist for the California Company in Louisiana.

He is pre-deceased by his mother Evelyn Claire Hebert Cavaroc and his father Victor Viosca Cavaroc, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Carolyn Wynn Cavaroc, born in Utica, New York; his siblings Evelyn Claire Cavaroc of Garner, NC, John Peter Cavaroc (Lucie) of New Orleans, LA, Jane Anne Cavaroc Brenden (John) of Ocean Springs, MS, and Marie Louise Cavaroc of Springfield, OR; nieces, Evelyn Claire Hansell (Jeff), Anne Marie Schade, Elizabeth Hebert Cavaroc Hiers (Daniel), Laurie Anne Brenden; nephews, John Peter Cavaroc, Jr. (Sheila), Michael Woodward Cavaroc (Erica), Peyton Bernard Cavaroc, (Julia); Lauren Hansell Hoffmann (George), Olivia Claire Schade, Stephen Quinlan Schade and many other grand-nieces, grand-nephews and loving friends.

At N.C. State, he was a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and was named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor; he is the only geology faculty member yet to receive the prestigious award. He was awarded the Faculty Career Achievement Award by NCSU in 2001. He is beloved by generations of N.C. State geology students, for his wisdom, warmth, and wit. Many will remember visiting his office, with his New Orleans-style chickory coffee and his pachinko machine. His teaching took place in the classroom, the laboratory, and in the field. His annual class field trips to the North Carolina coast and to the West Virginia mountains are legendary.
Dr. Cavaroc grew up on the Mississippi delta, and his research examined delta systems, both present-day and in the ancient rock record. He studied sedimentary rocks all over North America, as well as Argentina and Morocco. Much of his work was done cooperatively with the University of South Carolina and with the USGS.

Dr. Cavaroc served ably as graduate coordinator for the geology program for many years. He was also a member of the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States and the Society of the War of 1812. Vic was a fan of history, especially military history, and science fiction.
A visitation will be held Friday, December 15, 2017, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., with a Funeral Mass beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 200 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Victor V. Cavaroc Scholarship Fund. You may send checks to College of Sciences Foundation, Campus Box 8118 NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695. Make check payable to College of Sciences Foundation, with Cavaroc Scholarship in the memo line. To give online, go to <>, click on "Choose a Fund," and select the Cavaroc fund. For more information on giving, call (919) 515-3462.