Joseph Hlavka

Obituary of Joseph Hlavka

Joseph Hlavka, a long-time resident of Tuxedo Park, died on Saturday January 27, 2018 after a short illness. He was 90 years old.

Joseph was born in Franklin, New Jersey in 1927. He served in the Army and was educated at Rutgers University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a doctoral degree.

He taught at the Imperial College in London and spent most of his career as a Senior Scientist at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in the area of drug development for infectious diseases.

He is survived by his brother Tony Lavka of Fort Wayne, Indiana, his daughter Sarah Clark of Califon, New Jersey, his son Matthew Hlavka of Tuxedo Park, and four grandchildren.

For many years Joseph has been an active member of St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Episcopal Church where he served as Senior Warden. In his younger years, he was an avid golfer, oenophile, and world traveler.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church in Tuxedo Park. Funeral services will be private.