Daniel Yovich, 83, former PUC professor, dies
Post-Tribune staff report May 11, 2013 10:18PM
Updated: June 14, 2013 6:18AM
Daniel Yovich, a former Purdue University Calumet professor, businessman and inventor who remained an innovator into his final years, died Friday night after a lengthy illness at his home in Kentwood, Mich. He was 83.
Born in South Chicago, Ill., and a U.S. Army veteran, Yovich invented the card game Kryptoin 1963 before founding a paint manufacturing business in Kankakee, Ill., where he developed and patented a bacteriostatic paint.
Yovich joined the faculty of Purdue Calumet in Hammond in 1979 where he taught organizational leadership until his retirement in 2000 when he was named professor emeritus. Carl F. Jenks, a professor of construction science and organizational leadership at the university, said Yovich was “one of our truly outstanding professors at Purdue University Calumet.” He said Yovich was full of energy and ideas, which drew students into his classes like a magnet.
“The students loved the enthusiasm that he brought to all of the subjects that he taught. As testimony to that fact, he won the outstanding teaching award several times during his tenure at PUC,” Jenks said. “He was creative and innovative in the classroom, and he was instrumental in designing one of (our department’s) most popular classes (Creativity in Business and Industry). If Dan’s name were put on a class as the instructor, we were always assured that the class would be successful. His contributions to PUC were many; he will be greatly missed.”
In 1999, Yovich invented MathSuey, a mathmatics-intensive puzzle game designed to boost critical thinking, problem solving and math skills. He was still actively involved in the game’s marketing until earlier this year, said his wife of 54 years, Anita Yovich. “He believed all of us were born with an endowment of creativity,” Yovich said. “That we all can see not only what is but also what might be.”
After his retirement from Purdue Calumet, Yovich taught part-time at Grand Valley State University’s Grand Rapids, Mich., campus until health problems sidelined him in 2000, Anita Yovich said.
In addition to his wife, Yovich is survived by two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.