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.

Two anecdotes

(Submitted by Eliabeth Rich.)

Two anecdotes:


A memory

(Submitted by Kitty Benedict.)

Dear Gloria, Peter, Joan and Margaret- The last time I saw Kurt was at Edith's when I made one of my quick visits to NYC and the East Coast. But I remember all the times my mother would go over to Hillsdale or Kurt and Gloria would come to Albany. Please accept my sympathy and love on behalf of the Benedict family.


The consummate physician

(Submitted by David Wollner.)

I loved Kurt. he was a consumate physician, mentor, friend, father and brother to me. please accept my family's sympathies. May his life always be a blessing. david, julia and benjamin wollner ~ 

david wollner, NY, New York


Thoughts about Kurt

(Submitted by Susan Winter.)

Oh, so many thoughts about Kurt........his Viennese elegance; his clear sense of his own values and his own place in the world; his warmth; his devotion to his patients, his pride in Gloria and his children. I send you my sympathy and my love.

-Susan Winter


Dear Dr. Kurt

(Submitted by the Harnik family.)

Dr. Kurt.

No better friend, doctor, husband, father and great-grandfather. There was no hour too early, too late or too inconvenient to help troubled fellow souls. His friendships started from his scout-years in Vienna and continued to the last days of his long life. As Vertrauensarzt for the Austrian community he was the dear doctor for countless, grateful Foreign Service employees and emigrees. He won't be forgotten.

Edith, Peter, Stephen Harnik


Dear Dr. Clare

(Submitted by Eleanor Kraskow.)

Dear Dr. Clare and family,


The Montefiore Ombudsman

(Submitted by Greg Solomon.)

Dear Gloria and family,

Kurt excelled as an ombudsman physician at Montefiore Medical Center, training those of who were lucky enough to learn from him that there was so much more to a patient's experience than a list of symptoms to pursue and series of tests to perform. He was compassionate, patient and dedicated to understanding patients' stories, essential elements to being a truly great physician. I will miss him as a colleague, confidant and mentor.  

Greg Solomon,

New York, New York

Dear Dr. Clare and family

(Submitted by Karen Kraskow.)

Dear Dr. Clare and family,

Dr. Elias inspired by his example, his compassion, his dedication, and his prodigious effort. He changed a life.



Dear Gloria

(Submitted by Alex Chomenko.)

Dear Gloria and Family,

Kurt taught me that peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise or trouble, it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.



Thoughts from the Parmets

(Submitted by the Parmets.)

Dear Gloria,

We are both distressed at the loss of not only a caring friend, but a fine, warm, and brilliant human being. We wish we were at your side now instead of so far away.

Herb and Joan Parmet