In Memory of Vern C. Svatos
June 15, 1941 - July 3, 2004
Vern Svatos, age 63 of Wilmington and Newark, Del., died peacefully
at home on July 3, 2004, after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Vern was the son of the late
Vernon E. and Ann (Kupcik) Svatos. He served in the U.S. Army, and
then went on to earn a BA and MA in English/Linguistics. He continued
his study of English at the University of Delaware before embarking
on a career in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Vern later
worked in computer information systems in the private sector but
returned to GIS, joining the Water Resources Agency (WRA) in 1994.
Vern held the position of GIS Coordinator, WRA, Institute for Public
Administration, University of Delaware. He developed a wide range
of systems and projects used for environmental analyses. The university,
community, and local and state governments valued him as a GIS educator
and expert resource. Vern was passionate about his work and even
more passionate about developing the potential in his students and
colleague and friend
Vern was an ardent baseball player and fan. He loved to travel
with his wife in the U.S. and abroad. They often chose to forego
traditional tours, instead making or losing their way down unguided
paths of Vern's choosing. Vern is survived by his wife, Kim Carrigan;
daughter, Erica and her husband, Lance Powers, of Chesapeake City,
Md.; sister, Elaine M. Svatos, of Broadview Heights, Ohio; many
other caring relatives in Cleveland, Ohio; and friend and former
wife, Karen Svatos, of Chesapeake City, Md.
A celebration of Vern's life was held at his second home,
Brew HaHa, Main Street, Newark, Del., on Sunday, July 18, from 3-5
p.m. A memorial service for
the family was held Saturday, July 10, at the Golubski Deliberato
Funeral Home in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
of Vern's former students are
currently working at ESRI in
Vern's memory may be honored by donations to the American
Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368 (800-ACS-2345)
or to Sojourners' Place, 2901 Northeast Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19802
Arrangements by Doherty Funeral
Homes. To send condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com
Text taken from The
News Journal Obituaries section, Friday, July 9, 2004.