The Lourie family has suddenly and tragically lost a son, a brother, a father and uncle in the unexpected passing of our beloved Kevin Joseph Lourie. Kevin died at his home in Providence, Rhode Islands, on Monday, Aug. 8, and will be remembered in a funeral service there on Monday, Aug. 15.
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Kevin was born in New York City in 1961 to Anitra and Dan Lourie, lived for ten years in Houston, Texas, where he was Bar Mitzvah in 1974, before moving to Orono, Maine. He finished elementary and high school in Orono, where he was a nationally ranked debater - with his partner, eighth in the country in their senior year.
Kevin taught for two years at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, becoming an in-demand expert on middle east politics and conflicts. He spoke fluent Hebrew and Russian. It was there that he met and married his first wife, Maria, a recent Russian emigre, mother of his daughter, Anitra.
Kevin received his undergraduate degree at Hampshire College and his Masters and Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at Brown University. He utilized that education to help improve the lives of impoverished Providence citizens and young jail inmates through community outreach as a faculty member in the Pediatric Department at Brown University. He wrote extensively about his studies and community activities and those writings are still available to students, faculty, and the public.
Kevin simultaneously continued his studies, acquiring another degree, in psychotherapy, after which he launched his own career helping young people with emotional difficulties.
Kevin had significant adventures throughout his education, most notably six months of research in London, living with - and subsequently writing about - heroine addicts and their difficulties.
Kevin was an avid hiker, beginning with family excursions in the White Mountains and moving on to Mt. Rainer and other challenging hikes. He was determined to stay in shape, whether in the gym, on mountain paths, or running road races with the family - always stepping back at the finish line so his dad could beat him by a yard.
Most importantly, Kevin was a loving single dad, steering his daughter, Anitra (Anya) to an adulthood not only successful academically, socially and economically, but imbued with high moral standards.
Kevin was predeceased by his mother, Anitra. He is survived by a saddened, heartbroken daughter, Anitra (Anya) Lourie, sister Stephani Lourie, father Dan Lourie, stepmother Tyrrell Lourie, sister-in-law Claire Craig, nephew Isaac Lourie, many cousins and too many friends to count.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2016