Jim Kurz, Blue Hills Chapter Leader, Dies in Montana Flash Flood


Jim Kurz of the Blue Hills Chapter passed away at the age of 78.  He served as the Chapter Coordinator before Fred Nash.  He was currently the Chapter Treasurer.  He was on a canoe trip on the Missouri River in Montana.  His campsite near Bull Creek was hit by a flash flood.

Jim was born in Wisconsin Rapids in 1945.  He was class valedictorian at John Edwards High School in 1963.  He attended UW-Madison and graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Biology.  He earned a PhD from Vanderbilt University.  He did postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado.  Then he did medical research into cures for Cystic Fibrosis at the University of NC in Chapel Hill.  In 1985, he and his family moved to Ladysmith where he became a professor of Chemistry and Biology at Mount Senario College.

He was an avid environmentalist and outdoorsman.  He was extremely active in many local organizations including the Ice Age Trail- Blue Hills Chapter.   Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and to the many people whose lives he touched.