Thomas Russell KURTZ Born on January 22, 1921 in Tacoma, WA, moved to Highland Park, Seattle in 1924 and graduated from West Seattle High in 1939. Russ taught x-ray physics during WWII in Denver, Colorado where he met his wife, Shirley Dittman. He graduated from WSU with a doctorate in veterinary medicine and moved to Seattle in 1952 where he practiced until 1986. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years in 1989. Our father found renewal in wild places. He was a life-long mountaineer who summited nearly all of the cascade snow peaks. He was a charter member of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, past president of the Seattle Zoological Society, served on the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, volunteered for the Washington Park Arboretum, life member of The Nature Conservancy and Audubon Society member. He had been a member of the University Unitarian church since 1963. Russ accompanied sons Roger and Joel and the boy scouts of troop 123 on numerous hikes including several week-long backcountry treks. He is survived by his five children, Erica Pickett of Anacortes, Joan Kurtz and Roger Kurtz of Seattle, Marta Martinsen of Sitka, Alaska, Joel Kurtz of Oakland, California and two grandchildren, Karl and Olin Martinsen of Bellingham, Washington. Memorial Services will be held at University Unitarian Church on Tuesday, April 26th at 2:PM. Remembrances may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society or Woodland Park Zoo Foundation.