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James E. Kurz

October 8, 1934April 22, 2021

James Eckhardt “Jim” Kurz, Sr., 86, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, April 22, 2021. Born October 8, 1934, in Louisville, KY Jim was the eldest child of the late Eckhardt and Margaret Kurz and is survived by his sister Marilyn Kurz Boner of Monrovia, IN. Jim was a high school graduate of Kentucky Military Institute and obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Centre College of Kentucky (1956) where he was also president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. He earned his Masters and Ph.D degrees in physical chemistry at Duke University (1961). Jim worked for 24 years for Monsanto at sites in St. Louis, Akron, OH, and Raleigh, NC, before accepting early retirement in 1985. He subsequently joined McDonnell-Douglas Corp. in 1986, employed as a specialist in the development of advanced composite materials for military and commercial aircraft, including the AV8B-Harrier and proposed NASA Spaceplane. From 1987-2000 he also served as an Affiliate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis. During his working years he was also very involved in his church. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church serving Glendale Presbyterian Church, MO Bonhomme Presbyterian in Chesterfield, MO.

Jim met Ann Brookes in St. Louis, and they were married at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church November 29,1963. They have two sons, Dr. James E. Kurz, Jr., MD, and Dr. Jeffrey C. Kurz, PhD. Jim Jr. lives in Pittsboro, NC with his wife Lucy and their four children Tyler, John, CJ and Marissa. Jeff lives in Acton, MA, with his wife Wendy and daughter Caroline. In 2007, Jim and Ann retired to Cary, enjoying time with their grandchildren until Ann’s passing in 2017 after 53 years of marriage. Jim was a loving and devoted husband seeing Ann through her struggle with dementia late in life. A lifelong learner, he committed himself to learning all that he could about the Ann’s dementia in order to help her and other families coping with that disease. Jim cherished his family, his neighbors, and his church, Cary Presbyterian, where he served as usher, Sunday school leader, and lay leader on various committees. In 2018 he was selected as an Outstanding Elder by the Presbyterian Church. Always seeking to set an example for others to follow, he will be remembered for his integrity, kindness, storytelling, generosity, and faith. Most of all, he will be remembered for his love.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Cary Presbyterian Church in Cary, NC.

Arrangements with Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, NC.


  • In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Cary Presbyterian Church in Cary, NC.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

  • Casual Outdoor Reception

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021


James E. Kurz

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Jane Pfenning

April 29, 2021

The Kurz family meant so much to our family. We became neighbors in 1976 when both families moved to Raleigh from Ohio. We from Columbus and they from Akron.

Jim was the most kind person. His sons and Ann followed suit. Finally we moved and they did also. But keeping in touch was a big issue. Many beach trips, playing bridge, dinners out and at our homes, both men gardeners....

Our Amy 3, and Jeff 4, just toddlers when we met. Not a better family on this earth. A best friend Ann, my husband Ted and now Jim, all in heaven. Sadly I miss them all.

Jim and Lucy, Jeff and Wendy my deepest sympathy to you. I know how you will miss him and how much you loved him!

Very sincerely,
Jane Pfenning

Irene Glass Adcock

April 26, 2021

Jim and his sister, Marilyn, were friends and neighbors since pre-kindergarten days. Although my family moved from Wrocklage Ave. in 1955, we all kept in touch.
Many summer nights, neighborhood kids gathered at my parents home for games, popcorn and lemonade.
I actually was Jim's date for a formal dance at his high school, KMI. Jim was a kind, fine person who will be missed by all.
My sincere condolences to his family.
Irene Glass Adcock

Bob and Danaher

April 26, 2021

I miss my golf buddy!!! For years, weather permitting, we hit the links. We walked the course. After the first few years we took a twenty minute break at the turn. The last couple years we graduated to the golf cart and eventually to just nine holes. We stayed competitive with the score card with mulligans both on and off the green. We had a good time, but still got upset when the ball did not take the intended path. Jim, you will be missed by all the fine people you know.

Sharon Meade

April 26, 2021

I would like to give my condolences to the entire Kurz family.
Mr Kurz was a really kind and loving person.I enjoyed my time working for him.
Mr.Kurz was a very smart person with so much wisdom.I enjoyed all the special talks he shared with me about everything. He was more than a client to me.i will always be grateful to have known him

Judith McDaniel

April 25, 2021

Jim was appreciated for his caring ways, wise thoughts and sharing of his wonderful life. I have many happy memories with him. He will be missed. His long life of kindness and love towards his family and friends is a tribute to this Louisville native. May he Rest In Peace as we continue to remember his life of giving and love.

Barbara Jerchower

April 24, 2021

I played bridge with Jim many times. He was a sweet, perfect gentleman.