Stanford Student-Athlete George Curts Dies In Hiking Accident

Aug. 21, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - George Curts, a Stanford student-athlete who earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies in June, died Saturday, Aug. 17, while hiking in the area of Arroyo Seco gorge, west of Greenfield. He was 22.

A hiking companion saw Curts slip on a steep trail and fall roughly 200 feet, according to the Monterey County Coroner's Office.

Curts was set to begin studying for a Master's degree in religious studies at Stanford.

'This was a tragic accident,' said Vin Lananna, Stanford Director of Track And Field/Cross Country. 'Our staff and all the members of our team are deeply saddened by the loss of George. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Curts' family.'

Born Feb. 28, 1980, in Western Samoa, Curts attended Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He threw the shot put for the Stanford Track and Field Team and served as president of the Stanford chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a co-educational literary society. He tutored at the Kaplan Educational Center in Palo Alto.

Curts is survived by his parents, Douglas and Hana Curts; brothers Richard and Joshua; sister Luisa JayTol; and his fianc�e, Lorraine Rossi.

Visitation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Mount Moriah Funeral Home, 10501 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Church of the Resurrection in Overland Park.

A memorial service will be held at Stanford at a later date. Flowers may be sent to 10300 Long St., Overland Park, Kansas 66215.

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