Everett G. Jarvis Jr., 66, author, college professor

September 15, 1997|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

To Everett G. Jarvis Jr., movie stars' deaths were as compelling as their lives. So the retired Baltimore community college professor wrote a book on the subject, "Final Curtain: Deaths of Noted Movie & Television Personalities."

Mr. Jarvis was preparing to update the 1992 book's ninth edition when he died of cancer Tuesday at his Rockdale home, his family said. He was 66.

The book, published by Citadel Press, included such diverse demises as that of Dick York -- of the television series "Bewitched" -- from emphysema and a degenerative spinal condition in 1979 to movie actress Jean Harlow's death from "uremic poisoning after acute sunburn" in 1937.

"He thought people would be interested in where, when and how famous stars passed on," said Mr. Jarvis' wife, the former Lillian Wilson. "We were always interested in movies and old stars."

The Jarvises, who were married in 1952, divorced after 25 years of marriage but remarried last month.

Mr. Jarvis also wrote the book "The Real Cause and Cure of

AIDS," several books on biblical themes, four computer programming texts for college students, and "Wisdom for Youth," a 1964 pocket-sized booklet of inspirational thoughts, poetry and prose that he distributed to many of his students.

"He always worried about children and their health and welfare," said Shirish Shah, a former chairman of the computer information systems department at what is now Baltimore City Community College, who worked with Mr. Jarvis.

Mr. Jarvis was an assistant professor in the computer department from 1970 until his retirement in 1987. In the 1950s and 1960s, he taught mathematics at several city and county schools, including Garrison Junior High, Hereford Junior High and Reisterstown Elementary.

Before working at the community college, he was a systems analyst and education administrator for the Baltimore branch of Sperry-UNIVAC from 1966 to 1970. He also founded Wisdom for Youth Publishers, his publishing company, in 1983. A Baltimore native and 1948 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Jarvis received a bachelor of science in education degree in 1957 from what is now Towson University, and a master of science in business degree from the University of Baltimore in 1986.

Services were held Friday.

Mr. Jarvis is also survived by a son, Kenneth E. Jarvis of Sykesville; three daughters, Cathy L. Coyle of Lafayette, La., Lois A. Johe of Towson and Carolyn E. Schmitt of Westminster; a brother, Richard L. Jarvis of Richmond, Va.; and 12 grandchildren. A daughter, Jeanne M. Van Pelt, died in 1985.

Pub Date: 9/15/97

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