Stories

Kurt was a fine story teller, and one of the best ways to know and remember him is with stories about him. The collected stories here are but a precious sampling. Please feel free to use the contact form to contribute an anecdote or memory for our collection. No one is ever truly gone while they are remembered.

From Jim Pond

(Submitted by Jim Pond.)

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Anonymous

(Submitted anonyously.)

Dear Peter, Joan and Margaret, My wife and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your wonderful and humanistic father. We send our sympathies to you and your families. We deem it so kind that you thought us worthy of knowing of your father's passing. We are sorry it has taken us some time to show our respects. We have been away for some time and our amil has taken forever to catch up with events as they happen. Again, please accept our condolences to you all.

Sincerely, (anonymous)

Anonymous

(Submitted anonymously.)Thank you very much for your letter informing us that Kurt no longer is among us. I was the general manager for (...) in North America and had Kurt as my doctor. He was a fantastic doctor, who came to our home when needed and helped me a lot in my bout with diabetes. We left New York when I retired in july 1997 and Kurt and Gloria attended my departure reception in the Tavern on the Green. In the meantime my wife (...) passed away in cancer and I am living with a new (Austrian) partner in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Anonymous colleague

(Submitted anonymously by a colleague.)

Thank you for your remembrance of our friend Kurt. We did not know of his passing although we have wonderful memories of him and Gloria. Our relationship with him transcends the years we were not in touch--of the conventions we attendd together, the restaurants the four of us tested and kurt's love of pastries. once again let me extend our belated condolences to all of you. (...) By the way, my husband is a psychiatrist and a classmate of Glorias.

Anonymous from Vermont

(Submitted anonymously.)

My mother (...) was an old, long time friend of your father. She is ninety one years old and lives with me. Your father would call her once or twice a year to say "Hello" and chat. It always meant so much to her and she was very saddened to hear of his death. I am sure you are aware that his life and passing were the entire back page of the Austrian National magazine. I only knew him to be most pleasant and gracious when calling my mother but her reaction showed what a fine person he was. Thank you for your letter. I will read it to my mother.

From Norma Wilk

(Submitted by Norma Wilk.)

December 5, 2010

Kurt was a dear, dear friend who I originally met in Hillsdale, NY in the 1970s when he was courting Gloria and, in fact, I had their wedding party in my house there. My next door neighbor was Anna Roosevelt Halstead (the daughter of Franklin and Eleanor), and the five of us (Kurt, Gloria, Anna and her husband Jim, and me) were very friendly and socialized.

Anonymous

(Submitted anonymously.)

Dear Peter, Joan and Margaret,

My wife and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your wonderful and humanistic father. We send our sympathies to you and your families. We deem it so kind that you thought us worthy of knowing of your father's passing.

We are sorry it has taken us some time to show our respects. We have been away for some time and our amil has taken forever to catch up with events as they happen.

Again, please accept our condolences to you all.

Sincerely,

(anonymous)

Petra Brugger, MD

(Submitted by Petra Brugger, MD.)

Lieber Herr Dr. Elias!

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