BAR HARBOR – Robert Fulton Kurtz passed away Sept. 24, 2004, in Bar Harbor. Mr. Kurtz was born March 11, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of William Fulton and Anita (Downing) Kurtz. He attended the Chestnut Hill Academy, Chestnut Hill, Pa., and St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H. Following graduation from Avon Old Farms School, Avon, Conn., in 1940, he attended Harvard College, completing his B.S. in economics in three years. While at Harvard, he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 and the Spee Club. Immediately after graduation from Harvard in June 1943, Mr. Kurtz enlisted as a private in the Army. In November of the same year, he was commissioned second lieutenant, field artillery. Later, he transferred to the Infantry and served in the Philippine Islands as platoon leader and executive officer of the “C” Company, Twenty-first Infantry Regiment, Twenty-fourth division. During this period of service, he was decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals. He also served in Japan as regimental intelligence officer from September, 1945 to August, 1946. On release from active duty in October, 1946, he joined the advertising firm of N.W. Ayer and Son of Philadelphia. In November, 1950, however, he was recalled by the Army for the Korean War and served with the One Hundred and Ninety-sixth Field Artillery Battalion. Captain Kurtz was honorably discharged in March 1952, after being further honored with the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters. Rejoining N.W. Ayer and Son as an account executive, Mr. Kurtz’s responsibilities were increased until in 1957, he was named vice president, manager of Philadelphia Service. In September, 1961 he resigned from this position and joined Aitken-Kynett Company, Inc. In April, 1964, he became vice president of that company and a member of the operations committee. He left the advertising field in 1968 to pursue other interests, including the Asti-Kim Corporation of Northeast Harbor. Mr. Kurtz was very active in numerous community affairs. He was director of the Girl Scouts of Philadelphia, a member of the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital, and the former advertising chairman of the United Way. His social interests included the Philadelphia Club, the Racquet Club and the Harvard Club. In addition, he was a founding vestryman of St. Christopher’s Church in Cladwyne, Pa. Mr. Kurtz moved to Prides Crossing, Mass., in 1970 and Northeast Harbor in 1989. He was well known for his ship model and bird decoy making. His ship models have been exhibited at the Peabody Museum in Salem, Mass. On Nov. 30, 1943, he married Geraldine Fitzgerald Bradley, who passed away in 1969. In March, 1970, he married Suzanne Young Hand, who subsequently died in 1984. Mr. Kurtz leaves his partner of 15 years, Pat Pendleton of Bar Harbor; two daughters, Geraldine Christensen and Katherine Russell; and his son, Robert Kurtz Jr., as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Brookside Cemetery, Somesville. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 163 Lancaster St., Suite 160B, Portland, ME 04101. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Mt. Desert.