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RIVERSIDE KURT E. YAEGER Kurt passed away at Loma Linda University Medical Center on November 10, 2009, following a three-year battle with cancer at the age of 53. He is survived by his wife, Andrea, daughters Jacqueline and Elizabeth, parents Derrill and Francee Yaeger, and sister Neddi Yaeger. Kurt was born in Los Angeles, California, was raised in a La Sierra neighborhood where he attended school at La Sierra Academy graduating in 1974. Kurt obtained his Bachelor of Science at Loma Linda University and a Master of Arts from San Diego State University. Kurt earned his Juris Doctorate in 1989 from Western State University College of Law. Kurt obtained his first legal job with a prominent firm in Bakersfield, California where he discovered that he excelled at developing client relationships, and as a result he was made a partner three years after starting at the firm specializing in commercial and employment law issues. Wanting to be closer to his parents, Kurt and his family decided to return home to Riverside in 2000. After returning to Riverside, Kurt joined the law firm of Thompson & Colegate where he was a partner and head of the successful Labor and Employment Department. Kurt represented business clients in all areas of labor and employment litigation, discrimination, business development and risk management. Kurt was an avid golfer and member of the Victoria Club where he served on numerous committees, including the Board of Directors and as President of the club from 2005-2006. Kurt was also very active in the legal community. He was a member of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court since 2000, and served as a Special Master for the State Bar. Kurt will be missed by many. Everyone who knew Kurt was aware of his leadership, charisma, and sense of ethical responsibility whether it was in regards to his family, a project at work, a friend in need, or trying to win a golf tournament. Kurt was not a spectator when it came to life, he took the initiative to create a life full of love and compassion and truly lived life to the fullest. A special thank you to Kurt's "quarterback of the team", Dr. Frank Howard, for orchestrating Kurt's medical care between Loma Linda University Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Cedars-Sinai Brain Institute in Los Angeles. Kurt donated his corneas to the "One Legacy" foundation, and his body to the "Bodies for Science" program at the School of Medicine Division of Human Anatomy at Loma Linda University as a means of furthering science. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the La Sierra University Church, 4937 Sierra Vista Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505 on November 29, 2009 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Kurt's name to the lung cancer division at the at: www.cancer.org or to the Lung Cancer Alliance at: www.lungcanceralliance.org.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2009
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