CDM Mourns Loss of Dr. Marlene Klyvert-Moss

September 26, 2018
Photo of Marlene Klyvert-Moss, who passed away on 9.25.2018

The College of Dental Medicine is saddened to report that Marlene Klyvert-Moss, EdD, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, after a long illness.  

Marlene, a member of the Columbia community for many decades, was beloved by students and colleagues alike for her commitment to education, unwavering pursuit of excellence, and the warm determination that infused her work. She most recently served as special lecturer and senior advisor to the Office of Diversity Affairs at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.A graduate of our dental hygiene program, she returned in 1973 as an assistant professor. Even after that program closed, her efforts continued for decades to come. Marlene earned a doctoral degree at Teachers College and continued her teaching and administration, driven by a strong belief in the power of education.

Many of CDM's great achievements bear Marlene’s fingerprint. She contributed significantly to the school's diversity initiatives and helped create and administer our dual degree program with Teachers College, a program she led with great dedication and skill. What many of us will remember most is how Marlene strove to achieve her best and challenged others to do the same. She did this in the classroom, where she taught Oral Histology with Dr. Letty Moss-Salentijn for nearly 40 years, and also with colleagues, whom she encouraged to continue their own growth. The school mourns the loss of a remarkable faculty member, alumna, and friend.

Marlene is survived by family she loved dearly, including her daughter, Nina, son-in-law, Ron, and granddaughter, Bailey. 

We send our heartfelt condolences to Marlene’s family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched.


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