Jule D. Moravec, Distinguished Alum

Jule D. Moravec, Ph.D., FACHE, 80, died August 17, 2013, at the San Diego VA Medical Center in La Jolla.p33-Moravec-Jule-obit0024c

Jule was born on May 16, 1933, to John and Mae Moravec in Sturgis. His parents and brother, Jack, moved from the ranch in western South Dakota to Rapid City, where Jule received his primary and secondary education. Jule excelled in sports and received an athletic scholarship to South Dakota State University, where he lettered in four major sports and held a wrestling record for more than 25 years. Jule acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and commission in the United States Army Chemical Corps upon graduation in 1954.

He married Linette Erickson in June 1955 and reported for duty later that month in Anniston, Alabama. Jule also served four years in the Air Force Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. He acquired his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1974 and began a career with the Veterans Administration, serving 37 years in federal service. Jule was chief of psychology services in Prescott, Arizona, and Miami, Florida; was hospital director in San Diego, California, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Martinez, Calif., Long Beach, Calif., regional director in San Francisco; and various positions of distinction at VA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

He retired from federal service in February 1999 and with his wife Linette, retired to Prescott. There he served the community as an educator at North Central University. He returned to the Veterans Administration to serve veterans in the treatment of PTSD, before retiring to San Diego in 2007. He was awarded the Presidential Rank Award by President George Bush in 1991 and President William Clinton in 1997 and many honors from members of Congress and service organizations for his exemplary service to the United States and our veterans.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Linette; his son, Garet (Cynthia); two daughters, Amber (Rob) and Melody; granddaughter, Heather (Zephyr); and their families.

Jule held most dear in life: his family; the Black Hills; his country; his friends; and his fellow veterans.

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