Kurt Maurer, a life of giving

Kurt Maurer was passionate about education and community service, and gave his time generously serving on the board or helping establish a number of community organizations.  “Kurt believed in giving with his heart, not just financially”, said Else Maurer, his wife of sixty-five years. Through his gifts to Simon Fraser University, Kurt brought together his passion for education, community service, and flying.

Born in Shiltach, Germany, Kurt Maurer moved to Vancouver in his early thirties, with his wife and young family. Building on his experience in the travel industry in he joined Hagen’s Travel Service, and over the next two decades built it up into one of the premier travel agencies in the country. Always looking for ways to personally or professionally develop, Kurt fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a pilot in his late forties, accumulating 2,600 flying hours in his Cessna. When he was no longer able to fly, Kurt sold his Cessna and gave the proceeds to the Rotary Club of East Vancouver, which helped the group establish  two endowments to support graduate and undergraduate students at Simon Fraser University.

The Vancouver East Rotary Scholarship in Education (PhD) is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and is enrolled, full-time, in a PhD program in the Faculty of Education. Such gifts are critical to the university and they help ensure that students with few financial resources have the opportunity to access post-secondary education.

Kurt Maurer passed away on September 22, 2013, but his commitment to education continued with a bequest to grow the endowments that he helped create.


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