MATZDORF--Kurt, internationally renowned silversmith and founder of the State University of New York College at New Paltzs Metals Program, died on December 20, 2008. He was 86. Known for his ceremonial and liturgical work, Matzdorf created more than 900 designs during a career that spanned six decades. Matzdorf, who was born in Stadtoldendorf, Germany, on May 26, 1922, taught at SUNY New Paltz from 1957 to 1985. Professor Emeritus of Metals, he founded the colleges gold and silversmithing programs in 1966. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice. Survivors include two sons, David Matzdorf of London, England and James Matzdorf of Rensselaer, NY; one sister, Elizabeth Duff of Oxford, England; one granddaughter; and his partner, Stephanie Rosenblatt. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kurt J. Matzdorf Memorial Fund, c/o The College at New Paltz Foundation, New Paltz, NY 12561. A memorial service will be held at 5pm on January 24 at the Temple Emanuel, 243 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. For more information, contact Temple Emanuel at (845) 338-4271 or www.temple emanuelkingston.org.
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Published in The New York Times from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2009