-- Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post April, 22 2009
Csilla Luckett, 64, an Alexandria resident and retired literacy and teacher-training
specialist for D.C. public schools, died April 22 in a car accident on Interstate 495 in
Prince George's County.
A spokesman for the Maryland State Police said Mrs. Luckett was a passenger in a
southbound pickup truck driven by her husband when a southbound car struck the
pickup near Ritchie Marlboro Road.
The Lucketts' truck tumbled into a ditch, and Mrs. Luckett was pronounced dead at the
scene, a police spokesman said. The preliminary investigation showed that the driver
of the other vehicle was under the influence of alcohol, he said. The crash
investigation is continuing
Mrs. Luckett spent 27 years working for District schools. Starting about eight years
ago, she began a consulting career that included working with the federal Reading
First initiative. She was a teacher trainer at the Early Childhood Leadership Institute,
an affiliate of the University of the District of Columbia, and an adjunct faculty member
Csilla Pulvari was born in Budapest and raised in Washington, where she was a 1962
graduate of St. Anthony's High School. She was a 1966 elementary education
graduate of Catholic University, where she received in 1968 a master's degree in
early childhood education and curriculum development. She did all but her
dissertation for a doctorate in educational technology at Catholic.
She did volunteer work with the Boy Scouts and at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Edward H. Luckett of Alexandria; two
children, Charles E. Luckett of Washington and Christina C. Luckett of Portland, Ore.;
a niece she helped raise, Elizabeth Montgomery of Alexandria; her mother, Josephine
Pulvari in Alexandria; and two sisters, Ildiko McDonnell of Landsdale, Pa., and
Gyongyver Beuchert of Hughesville.