Dr. Anthony Kurtz, long-time friend of MIT, deceased

February 9, 2010

Kurtz, Dr. Anthony D. , died on February 9, 2010.
Dr. Anthony D. Kurtz was the founder of Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc. in 1959. Under his leadership the company, based in Leonia, New Jersey, became a world leader in the transducer field. Dr. Kurtz received his undergraduate degree in physics from MIT and his SM (1952) and ScD (1955) in Metallurgy. He held more than 200 patents, including some of the earliest for tiny pressure sensors micromachined from silicon. He was inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame and was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Under his leadership Kulite developed relationships sponsoring research with a number of universities including MIT, Technion in Israel, Oxford University in England, NJIT in Newark, and Columbia University where he was an adjunct professor. A firm believer in the importance of education for everyone, he encouraged employees to further their education by enrolling in college and graduate school for which the company paid. He also instituted a scholarship program for employees’ children.
Dr. Kurtz leaves his beloved wife, Nora, his daughters Sandy and Jennifer, son John, brothers Ronald and Stephen seven grandchildren and many devoted friends.
Funeral services will be held on February 11, 2010 at 12:00 noon at Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel, 150 Route 4 East, Paramus, NJ.
Contributions in his memory may be made to:
Columbia University c/o The Anthony D. Kurtz Fund for Startup Projects in the General Area of Solid State Materials and/or Solid State Electronic Devices
Massachusetts Institute of Technology c/o The Anthony D. Kurtz (1951) Fund for American Competitiveness in Materials Science and Engineering

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