William D. Kurtz a Baltimore attorney who specialized in personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice, died of heart failure Feb. 19 at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 69.
The son of Marlyn Kurtz, a Howard Johnson's executive, and Constance Kurtz, a homemaker, William David Kurtz was born in Harrisburg, Pa. He was raised in Pennsylvania and New England as the family moved because of his father's work.
After completing his junior year at Classical High School in Woonsocket, R.I., he moved with his family to Pikesville and graduated in 1966 from Pikesville Senior High School.
He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1970 and a law degree from the school in 1973.
Mr. Kurtz, a longtime resident of Phoenix, Baltimore County, began his law career with Verderaime & DuBois, where he worked for 25 years.
He also worked for the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos for six years, and during that time worked on cases involving groundwater and well pollution linked to lead and gasoline spills.
At his death, Mr. Kurtz was associated with Goodman, Meager & Enoch LLP and had not retired.
He enjoyed reading suspense novels, traveling and horseback riding said his wife of 45 years, the former Anne Webster Small.
He also had been a Little League coach and was a lifelong fan of the Terps and the Orioles.
Services were private.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kurtz is survived by a son, William V. Kurtz of Phoenix, Baltimore County; his parents, who live in Melbourne, Fla.; and two sisters, Kathleen Brohawn and Lisa Goff, both of Melbourne.