Goodbye, Cav — Widener University Professor and Project Prepare Director Alonzo CavinJune 8, 2011
Sometimes even “Sweet Cav.”
These were nicknames used by students, faculty, and staff for Dr. Alonzo C. Cavin in his 41 years on the Main Campus of Widener. He passed away Sunday at the age of 71.
“Dr. Cavin was an inspiration to all,” said Widener President James T. Harris III. “He will be missed by the community, the university, and the students whose lives he touched.”
Dr. Cavin joined the faculty of PMC Colleges in June 1969 as an associate professor of education and the founding director of Project Prepare. He was responsible for helping thousands of disadvantaged students earn college degrees. Project Prepare‘s success made it a model for other colleges and universities, and in 1971, the program inspired Pennsylvania to create the Higher Education Equal Opportunities Act. (You can visit the Wolfgram Memorial Library Digital Collections web page and read the text of an oral history with Dr. Cavin conducted in 2001.)
Dr. Cavin retired in 2002 but continued teaching as an adjunct professor. He also served the community for many years as a member of the Rotary Club of Chester, and as the chair of the Chester-Wallingford Chapter of the American Red Cross. After retiring from Widener, he continued to be involved in community service and was a member of the Council to Equalize Funding for Public Education and the C-U COPE Chester Upland Committee on Public Education.
Congo Funeral Home in Wilmington, Del., is handling the arrangements. You can read the obituary by clicking here. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested in support of Widener’s African American Scholarship Fund. Donations can me made online.
You also can view a video of the 40th Anniversary of Project Prepare made in 2009 that includes many images of him by clicking on the image below.