Obituaries: November 29th, 2022

Alvin (Al) Brill

Alvin (Al) Leonard Brill was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 6, 1946. He passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2022, of complications of MS.

Al grew up in Camden, New Jersey, and learned his strong work ethic working in his father’s neighborhood grocery store from the time he was a young boy. He attended Temple University and then followed his dream of being in broadcasting to Washington, D.C. He worked his way up to evening news director at TV station WTOP. He was a news junkie and loved being there during the Watergate hearings.

Al met his future wife, Ilene, also a Jerseyite, on the first day of a vacation tour in London in 1972. They spent the whole trip together and were seldom separated since. They had just celebrated their 49th anniversary.

The family moved to Dallas in 1978 to be near family. Al had a career in sales until his progressing MS caused him to retire. He was happy being a househusband while Ilene worked, and enjoyed cooking dinner for the family every night. He took pride in being independent and got around with a scooter and still drove with a hand-controlled van. Ilene and Al loved to cruise, and did so for 25 years, making many happy memories and some good friends along the way. In recent years he got satisfaction from being a volunteer for First Richardson Helpers.

Al was preceded in death by his mother, Rose; father, Edwin; and sister, Lois Belz. He is survived by his wife, Ilene; son, David; sister-in-law, Marilyn Gray; nephews, Neal and Steven Gray; nieces, Karen Park and Leigh Belz Ray; and numerous cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held at a future time. Donations may be sent to the MS Society or the North Texas Food Bank.

Stanley Kurtz

PASO ROBLES, California — Stanley Morton Kurtz, 96, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on Sept. 4, 2022, in California. The cause of death was cerebrovascular disease. Stanley was a retired professor, physician, researcher and scientist.

Stanley was born and raised in Philadelphia, served in the Air Force in World War II, and then took advantage of the GI Bill to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and then a Ph.D. in anatomy, followed by an M.D., specializing in pathology. While teaching anatomy at the University of Alabama he met and married his first wife, Barbara, to whom he was married for 30 years. He was hired in 1965 as a researcher for Parke-Davis in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1976, Stan moved on to teach pathology at the University of South Carolina Medical School in Charleston and to direct the Electron Microscopy Suite for the V.A. Medical Center there. In 1985, he continued his service with the V.A. in Dallas, where he met his second wife, Marcia, to whom he was married for 31 years until his death. He retired in 1992. His interests included fishing, cooking and classical music.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Marcia Pozez Kurtz of Fort Worth, with whom he had two stepdaughters, Nan (who preceded him in death) and Laura, as well as three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. From his first marriage to the late Barbara Riley Kurtz, he had two daughters, Abigail and Tamar; two step-daughters, Toni and Patricia; a stepson, William (who preceded him in death), and five grandchildren.

In accordance with his wishes, Dr. Kurtz will be cremated and there will not be a formal funeral.

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