Paul B. Kurtz II,
executive and volunteer
Paul Borda Kurtz II, 91, of Chestnut Hill, a business executive and community volunteer, died Nov. 13 at the home of his daughter Margot Forbes in Oreland.
Mr. Kurtz had been an assistant vice president in the trust department of Fidelity Bank when he retired in the late 1980s. Earlier he had worked at Hahnemann Hospital and was president of the John R. Evans and Co. leather tannery in Camden, N.J.
In retirement, he was widely known locally for his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and Town Watch, and for his service he and his wife were awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2006 by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
A lifelong resident of Chestnut Hill, Mr. Kurtz attended Chestnut Hill Academy and graduated from South Kent School in Connecticut. He attended Harvard University and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he was active in the Sigma Kappa Phi honor society.
During World War II he served with the 8th Air Force in England as a bombsight specialist.
He also was a volunteer in the development office at Chestnut Hill Academy and enjoyed participating in “Old Guard” activities at the school.
In addition to his daughter Margot, Mr. Kurtz is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Eleanore Smith; another daughter, Suzanne Klorig; a son, Paul B. Kurtz III; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Chapel at Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Ave., in Chestnut Hill.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wissahickon Hospice Development Office, 150 Monument Rd., Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004; Chestnut Hill Academy, or South Kent School, South Kent, CT 06785. – WF
physician and researcher
Kazuhiko “Kazu” Arai, 83, of Chestnut Hill, a physician and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, died of aspiration pneumonia Nov.5 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
Dr. Arai, who retired in the early 1990s, had conducted cancer research in the university’s department of surgery for more than 30 years. A longtime Chestnut Hill resident, he was an active member of the Chestnut Hill Rotary Club.
Born in Yamagata, Japan, he received both his medical degree and doctorate from Keio University and for a time practiced medicine and conducted research on tuberculosis at the university.
He came to the United States in 1966 after receiving a research grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Arai is survived by his wife, Yoko; a son, Taro Arai, and daughters Chiharu Arai and Atsuko Arai Boyd.
Private funeral services will be held in Tokyo. Memorial donations may be made to the Chestnut Hill Rotary Club, 712 Cornelia Place, Philadelphia PA 19118. – WF
Margaret D. Malfatto,
accountant and volunteer
Margaret De Angelo Malfatto, 103, one of the earliest female bookkeepers of her generation, died Nov. 20 at the home of her daughter Mary Lou Alexander in Chestnut Hill.
Mrs. Malfatto had worked in the accounting departments of F.A. North & Co. and Gray Associates in Philadelphia and at Reale’s Market and Springside School in Chestnut Hill.
A lifelong resident of Chestnut Hill, she was an active member Our Mother of Consolation Parish and for many years volunteered at polling places during elections.
Known to both new and longtime neighbors as “Nana Margaret,” she was always ready to offer a comforting homemade Italian meal or a warm smile to all.
Her love of the written word and commitment to lifelong learning inspired her daughter to become a teacher.
Mrs. Malfatto was a graduate of the J.C. Gilbert Elementary School in Chestnut Hill and Germantown High School.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Malfatto is survived by a sister, Josephine Carrunchio; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was held Nov. 9 at Our Mother of Consolation Church. Interment was in Holy Supulchre Cemetery. – WF
Dorothy P. Kitchen,
nurse and volunteer
Dorothy P. Kitchen, 88, a registered nurse and community volunteer, died Nov. 6 at her home in Erdenheim.
Mrs. Kitchen had worked as a nurse at the University of Pennsylvania and substituted on occasion at Germantown Academy.
She had been a volunteer for many years at the Bird-in-Hand consignment shop in Chestnut Hill and was a participant in the Chestnut Hill Tai Chi group. She was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Mrs. Kitchen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul C. Kitchen; daughters Janis Darlington and Barbara Black, and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh, Bethlehem Pike & Camp Hill Rd., Fort Washington.
Memorial donations may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, P.O. Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428-0222, or the American Cancer Society. – WF