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Jeffery W., 88, of Leonia, who had a long career as a professor of speech and drama at the City University of New York and served on the Leonia Board of Education in the 1970s, died Friday, September 27, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Cleveland on August 24, 1925, Kurz served in the Coast Guard during World War II in the Battle for the North Atlantic and later was deeply involved in the Religious Society of Friends. Committed to peace, he was a draft counselor during the Vietnam era.
Kurz is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janis G. (Grimes) Kurz, and three children: Nancy Wood, of Northiam, England, Jeffery W. Kurz, Jr., of Middletown, Conn., and David L. Kurz, of Wallington, N.J. He is also survived by six grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and a son-in-law, Timothy Wood.
Following the Second World War, Kurz earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, followed by his masters and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. He taught at CCNY and at Baruch College. He was a poet, playwright, a member of Actors Equity, and for many years acted in and directed productions by the Players' Guild of Leonia.
A memorial service will be held at Noon October 27 at the Friends Quaker Meeting House, 224 Highwood Ave., in Ridgewood, N.J. 201-445-8450. Arrangements from Kugler Community Funeral Home, Saddle Brook. 973-478-2500 www.kuglerfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Record on Sept. 29, 2013