Victor J. Makovitch, a retired Carroll County public schools educator, died Wednesday of cancer at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley.
The longtime Westminster resident was 89.
The son of Polish immigrants Leo Makowiec, a General Electric worker, and Anna Augustine Makowiec, a homemaker, Victor J. Makowiec, who later changed the spelling of his surname to Makovitch, was born in Blossburg, Pa., one of nine children.
He later moved with his family to Elmira, N.Y., where he graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1947, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952 from what was then Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.
An outstanding college football player, Mr. Makovitch was named a Little College All-American in 1951, and he was inducted into the Western Maryland College Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
After graduating from college, Mr. Makovitch served as an Army officer for two years in Korea until being discharged in 1954. He remained an active reservist until 1965.
Mr. Makovitch began teaching in Carroll County public schools in 1956, and through the years also coached and served as a referee. He was also an administrator and served 22 years as principal of Westminster Junior High School and West Middle School, from which he retired in 1988.
He enjoyed spending time with his family at a second home in Ocean City, gardening, and entertaining family and friends. He was also a world traveler.
His wife of 59 years, the former Anna Lee Park, died in 2015.
He attended Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.Monday.
He is survived by his son, Victor Michael Makovitch of Annapolis; two daughters, Janet Lee Baiada of Delanco, N.J., and Elizabeth Ann Regar of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two sisters, Margaret Donahue of Elmira and Theresa VanKeuren of Horseheads, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.