In Memoriam: Janice Kauvar

By Marijke Unger
06/20/2013 - 12:00am
NWSC project team

Janice relaxing at home. (Photo courtesy Bree Roche.)

NWSC project team

Janice (front and center) led CISL's Outreach Services Group. This portrait, taken in 2009, includes (clockwise from lower left) Susan Cross, Jeff Alipit, Candice Murray, Kristin Mooney, Marijke Unger, and Brian Bevirt. (Photo courtesy Carlye Calvin.)

NCAR has lost a long-time colleague and friend with the passing of Janice Kauvar, who died on June 16 after a long journey with cancer.

Janice was a consistently professional yet caring individual, deeply committed to her work and employees, whose abilities and judgment earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues. She rose through the ranks at NCAR, starting in 1987 as an administrative assistant in HAO and eventually becoming the administrator for CISL. October 2012 marked her 25th anniversary at NCAR.

“She was always the consummate professional in her services to HAO, SCD, and CISL and was well revered across NCAR,” says Al Kellie, director of CISL. “Janice set up and perfected the multiyear budgeting processes in CISL that served us so well in securing the approval for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, and she will be remembered as a pioneer in that project."

Janice also headed up CISL’s Outreach Services Group, a reflection of her desire to help others and provide quality support for CISL’s and NCAR’s educational and outreach missions.

During her tenure at NCAR, Janice completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Regis University, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 while working full time and raising her two young children.

Janice joined HAO as an administrative assistant, later becoming AA to the director and division administrator of HAO.  She administered HAO's visitor program and organized scientific workshops.

In May 1993, Janice transitioned to what was then called the Scientific Computing Division (SCD) as executive assistant to the director. Three years later, she became the administrator for SCD, now known as CISL.

In 2003, Janice graduated with the inaugural class of UCAR’s Leadership Academy, after which she became a mentor for others in the program.

Janice took great pride in getting the job done and working behind the scenes, confiding to colleagues that one of the highest compliments she received was from former SCD director Bill Buzbee who said, “she gets her work done quietly.” Conscientious and hard-working, Janice considered the greatest successes to be those that appeared seamless from the outside. She made the impossible look easy, much as a professional athlete or dancer makes great feats appear effortless.

Janice will be remembered for her grace, her professionalism, her dedication to NCAR, and her character. She was a friend as well as a colleague, always caring, kind, and understanding. Janice lived simply, taking pleasure in her garden, her pool (she was a synchronized swimmer in high school), and the outdoors. Her loves in life were her family (two-legged and four-) and her work.

Those of us lucky enough to have known her will miss her warmth and the sparkle in her eye.

Janice is survived by her husband, Rick, her parents, John and Frances, her children, Bree and Blake, and her siblings, Wes and Karen.

A celebration of Janice’s life will be held at the Mesa Lab Tree Plaza on Sunday, June 23, at 9:00 a.m.

Donations in Janice’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, 2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80501.

Staff wishing to share memories of Janice can sign at the Daily Camera’s tribute site under Janice Kauvar. Private messages can be sent to