The Times West Virginian


March 6, 2011

Dr. Rogers McAvoy

FAIRMONT — Dr. Rogers McAvoy, a resident of Helvetia, passed away peacefully at age 83 on Saturday (Feb. 19, 2011).

He was born on Dec. 28, 1927, on Pleasant Ridge, Webster County, to the late Ellis M. and Carolyn Sue (McIntosh) McAvoy.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jo McDermott; and two brothers, Nelson McAvoy and James M. McAvoy.

Dr. McAvoy grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Grafton High School in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1946, serving two years in the Pacific Region. Dr. McAvoy went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in education from Fairmont State College, a master’s degree at West Virginia University, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He began teaching at West Virginia University in 1961, eventually serving as a professor in the Educational Psychology Department. He was selected Outstanding Teacher in 1982, and chaired the Faculty Advisory Committee. After 35 years of teaching, research and mentoring students, Dr. McAvoy retired in January 1997 as Professor Emeritus. He spent his retirement years at his home in the Swiss Village of Helvetia, in Randolph County, where he continued pursuing his passion for family genealogy and West Virginia history.

Dr. McAvoy is survived by a sister, Lorraine Corrothers of Virginia; a brother, Charles Richard McAvoy of Oregon; three children, Carol Ann McAvoy and husband Wayne Miyashiro of Kailua, Hawaii, Philip E. McAvoy of Seattle, and Karen L. McAvoy of Denver; and three grandchildren, David, Annalise and Kendra.

Dr. McAvoy’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, April 2, beginning at noon at the Helvetia Community Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in the name of Rogers McAvoy to the Helvetia Public Library, c/o Bruce Cressler, P.O. Box 15, Helvetia, WV 26224.

Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Dr. Rogers McAvoy. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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