Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 6, 2017
James Kavanagh "Jim" J
Passed away peacefully on March 31, 2017 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Born in Takoma Park, Maryland in 1924, he was the son of Thomas T. Kavanagh and
M. Kathryn Hammer Kavanagh. He graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School
in 1942 and joined the United States Army. He served during World War Two in
France and Germany as a technical sergeant with the 3104th Signal Service Battalion.
Following his return home he attended the George Washington University where he
received his bachelor's degree in speech pathology. In 1950, he married Mary
Kathryn "Kitty" Adams. He attended graduate school at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison on scholarship from the Danforth Foundation, earning his
master's and doctorate degrees. He taught at the universities of South Dakota and
Jim, with his family, moved back to Maryland in 1961 where he taught at the University
of Maryland, and served as a speech pathologist at the Veterans' Hospital at Mount
Alto in the District of Columbia. He later joined the National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland serving as a Health Science
Administrator. He later served as Director of Science Research for the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association until his retirement in 1995.
Dr. Kavanagh authored and edited several books on human communication and
learning disabilities. He resided at Leisure World in Silver Spring where he served on
the health committee.
He attended St. John's Episcopal Church in Olney, Maryland.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Kitty Kavanagh; his son Thomas W. Kavanagh
(Cheryl) of Columbia, Maryland; his daughter, Kathryn A. Cole (Bruce) of Burtonsville,
Maryland; his grandchildren, Christina Cole, Caroline Cole, Sean Kavanagh, and
Ryan Kavanagh (Emily).
He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Jean Kavanagh.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at St. John's
Episcopal Church, 3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney, MD.
He will be interred at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Religious Service Information
St John's Episcopal Church
3247 Olney Laytonsville Rd
Olney, MD 20830