Victor Kiviat

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Victor Kiviat, of Bowie, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 21 following a heart attack. He was 90. The youngest of three children, Victor was born in New York City in 1930 and grew up working in his father’s delicatessen. He graduated from Seward Park High School and received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He went on to serve in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1952 to 1954 in Germany.

In 1959, Victor married the love of his life, Glenda Novitch of Hoboken, N.J. They settled down in Bowie, raising three children and attending the former Nevey Shalom Synagogue. From 1963 to 1994, Victor worked as an engineer at Westinghouse in Maryland where he was involved in the development of the AWACS radar (Airborne Warning and Control System). Upon retiring, Victor was an active member of the Bowie Senior Center Computer Club and remained an avid student.


Victor is survived by his wife of 61 years, Glenda Kiviat; his children, Steve (Sheila) Kiviat, Brian (Katherine) Kiviat and Nina (Jim) Tiller; and his grandchildren, Brendan, Ali, Shayna, David and Haley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Bertha Kiviat; and sisters, Celia Sorkin and Lillian Rubin. Donations may be sent to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation or HIAS. Services provided by Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home.

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