I worked closely with Kurt while he was adjutant at the 5501st US Army Hospital. He was incredibly knowledgeable about national defense and the army medical system. He gave of his time freely to other soldiers and was always a source of good advice. He inspired me personally to advance my education in the National Defense College, and later if the Expert Field Medical Badge. He was the epitome of the senior officer in that he worked tirelessly to create an environment for the success of his unit and his soldier medics. During Desert Storm he exhibited exceptional leadership for the unit when it was activated and deployed to Ft. Sam Houston. He is a credit to the army and his country.
Rolf W. Parsons
LTC MS USAR (Ret)
I just learned of Kurt's passing. I discovered his obituary while gathering names of 5501st USAR Hospital personnel for a reunion. I was involved in Kurt's move from Iowa to Minnesota in 1983 to fill the adjutant position. I worked full-time with him at the 5501st and continued to interact with him during the five years I recruited USAR medical personnel in MN and IA. Kurt was a knowledgeable, dedicated officer who was always willing to educate and support those around him. Ironically, Kurt and I both went on to work with the National Disaster Medical System - Kurt with the VA and me with the Army Medical Department.
Wishing all of Kurt's family comfort during this difficult time. I will share information about his passing with other former members of the 5501st.
COL, MSC, USAR (Retired)