Kurt H. Brown was born in 1942 in Rochester, NY. Kurt was the son of George A. Brown, Alexandria Bay, NY and Florence Ostrander, Theresa, NY. George was an athletic director, while Florence was a third grade and music teacher. They moved back to Alexandria Bay, NY in 1943 to raise their son, and Kurt graduated from Alexandria Central School in 1960, while excelling in music and athletics.
From 1960-1964 Kurt attended Colgate University, majoring in mathematics. Kurt was awarded scholarships in baseball, ice hockey, and vocal music at Colgate. Additionally, Kurt was a brother of Phi Delta Theta and was a US Air Force ROTC cadet at Colgate. He earned many Air Force awards, which led to his being commissioned as a regular officer upon graduation.
After graduation Kurt played professional hockey in Holland as a goaltender with the Dutch national team, where he met his wife, Else Van Breugel, to whom he was married in 1967.
In 1965 Kurt entered U.S. Air Force pilot training, and flew the C-130 Hercules serving in South America, Europe, Africa, and Vietnam until 1970. Kurt was hired by Delta Airlines in 1972 and flew worldwide commercial routes until retiring to Sarasota, FL in 2002.
From 1980-1996 Kurt acted as the hockey program director and a coach for the Barrington Area Hockey League in Barrington, IL. BAHL grew from 83 to 600 players under Kurt's volunteer direction, and became one of the largest and most competitive youth hockey clubs in Illinois. Kurt was inducted into the Colgate University Athletic Hall of Honor in October of 2011 for his performance in the sport of ice hockey, with two goaltending records from 1964 still standing.
After retiring Kurt volunteered at the Sarasota Veterans’ Association, St. John’s Methodist Church, Heritage Oaks Homeowners’ Association, served as President of the Ostrander Family Association, and played senior ice hockey.
In 2010 primary central nervous system (brain) lymphoma was detected and Kurt battled this disease, caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, until his passing on September 9, 2013.
Kurt is survived by his wife Else; his three children, Sjoukje, Kurt O. (married to Sadie), Alexander; two grandchildren, Carter and Anneke; his sister, Barbara, and numerous extended relatives.
Kurt’s first loves in life were his wife, family, friends, and his churches, and he wishes everyone a long and healthy life.
A memorial service will be held at the Alexandria Bay, NY United Methodist Church on October 19, 2013 at 1:00pm. Burial services will follow immediately at Barnes Settlement Cemetery, Alexandria Bay, NY.
Arrangements are with Costello Funeral Home, Alexandria Bay.
Friday, May 22, 2015, Watertown, NY
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