Abraham J. Kauvar Papers
Abraham J. Kauvar graduated from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1935 and earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1939 from the University of Chicago. He served as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of University of Colorado Medical School, and conducted research at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research. He was instrumental in founding the Neighborhood Health Program in 1965. He was manager of the Denver Department of Health and Hospitals and also served as director of Davis Institute for the Care and Study of the Aging. From 1980-1981, he managed New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. In 1987, the Kauvar Foundation, which specializes in health care needs of the elderly was established in his honor. He was the son of Rabbi Charles E.H. Kauvar, a Denver religious leader. The collection includes records, photographs, and objects.
- Kauvar, Abraham J., 1915-2003 (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Abraham Judah Kauvar was born in Denver, Colorado on May 8, 1915, the son of Rabbi Charles Eliezer Hillel Kauvar and Belle Bluestone Kauvar. Rabbi Charles E. H. Kauvar was Rabbi at the Beth Hamedrosh Hagadol-Beth Joseph (BMH-BJ) Synagogue from 1902 to 1971, and a member of the University of Denver faculty for many years. Abraham J. Kauvar graduated from the University of Denver in 1935 and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1939 from the University of Chicago. He did post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the Mayo Clinic. He served with the United States Army Medical Corps for a number of years before returning to Denver where he practiced internal medicine and gastroenterology. Kauvar and his wife Jean have four children: Kenneth, Jane, Lawrence, and David. Abraham Kauvar was Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of the University of Colorado Medical School and also conducted research at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research. In 1965 he was instrumental in creating the Neighborhood Health Program, a prototype for similar programs in the United States. Kauvar was the head of the Health and Hospitals agencies in Denver and in New York, head of the Davis Institute for the Care and Study of the Aging, and was the Goodstein Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 1987, the Dr. A. J. Kauvar Foundation, which is dedicated to discovering and helping to fulfill the health care needs of the elderly, was created to honor Kauvar. He received numerous awards for his service to the community. Kauvar passed away in 2003 and was survived by his wife and children. His wife Jean died in 2012.
12.25 Linear Feet (14 containers: 9 record boxes, 1 triangular box, 2 print boxes, and 2 legal document boxes.)
Scope and Contents
The collection highlights the career of Dr. Abraham J. Kauvar. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards, legal papers from the case of Trimble v. City and County of Denver, audiocassettes, scrapbooks, publications, memorabilia, and photographs. The papers document the professional and personal life of a major figure in Denver's medical community. The collection also contains correspondence with Rabbi Charles E. H. Kauvar (Dr. Kauvar's father), who was a noted religious leader in Denver.
The collection is organized into types of materials including:; Biographical and Personal Files, 1930s-1990s; Manuscripts and Writings, Correspondence and Supporting Papers - Manager, Denver Health and Hospitals, 1974-1980; Correspondence - Manager, Denver Health and Hospitals, 1974-1980; Correspondence and Legal Papers - Trimble Case; Correspondence and Records - Davis Institute, 1975-1977; Scrapbooks (1970s) - Denver General Hospital and General, Davis Institute; Consultations - New York City Health and Hospitals; Goodstein Professorship/ Kauvar Foundation; Memorabilia; Media/Audio; and Photographs.
- Jewish children
- Jewish hospitals -- Colorado -- Denver
- Jewish men -- Colorado -- Denver
- Jewish physicians -- Colorado -- Denver
- Kauvar, Abraham J., 1915-2003
- Kauvar, C. E. Hillel, Rabbi, 1879-1971
- Kauvar, Jean B., 1918-2012
- Medical centers -- Colorado -- Denver
- University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
- University of Denver
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