David J. Pivar, professor emeritus of history who served the university from 1965-96, died Jan. 8 at the age of 85.
During his 31 years on campus, Pivar served as the founder and first chair of the American Studies Department, played a major role in revising both the undergraduate and graduate history curriculum, and taught the university’s first courses in women’s studies.
He authored two books, “Purity Crusade: Sexual Morality and Social Control, 1868-1900” (1973) and “Purity and Hygiene: Women, Prostitution and the ‘American Plan,’ 1900-1930 (2001), as well as numerous journal publications.
Pivar graduated from Girard College in Philadelphia, before earning his bachelor’s degree from Millersville State College, master’s degree from Temple University and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, his four children and their families.