William Edward Kurtz died of pneumonia March 22, 2004, in Sarasota, Fla. He was 83.
William graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis and earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Princeton. During World War II, he served aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific; during the Korean War he flew Navy jets. William retired from the military in 1957 as a lieutenant commander. He joined Rockwell International, handling government aviation contracts until 1984.
William's first marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; two sons by his first wife, Dorothy; and two grandchildren.