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David Kurkowski

Profile Updated: January 6, 2021
Spouse/Partner
Myra (nee Silverstein)
Occupation
Retired market research consultant
Children
Susie
Dan
Ellen
We have 3 grandchildren: Kennedy (5), Cassidy (3) and Clay (1)
Oberlin Major

Government

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Gosh, how do I summarize everything in this box? After Oberlin, I moved to suburban Philadelphia and began teaching HS social studies. At the same time, I started taking graduate courses at Temple University. In 1974, I married Myra Silverstein, a history teacher in the same high school; this summer we will celebrate our 45th anniversary. Our first child Susie was born in 1976, followed by Dan in 1979 and Ellen in 1983. In 1982, at age 34, I earned a PhD in political science at Temple University. The next year, I made a serendipitous career change and became a marketing consultant in Lansdale, PA. In 1987, I formed my own market research company, starting in our basement and later transitioning to a real office. For years%

School Story

In looking back, there are things I wished I had done differently at Oberlin, such as getting more involved with music. I had one glorious year singing with the College Choir, directed by Robert Fountain. I'll never figure out what got me onto that political science path. But I guess that's part of being a student. We try different things, see how they feel, and hopefully don't make too many mistakes. I've come to realize that very few people get it right the first time. When I read the alumni magazine, I realize that Oberlin had and continues to have so much to offer, doesn't it? Sometimes I think, gosh, I wish I could go back and... And then I say, no, silly boy. Things turned out okay. Be happy with who you are and where you are. And I am.

Plan to attend the 2023 Cluster Reunion?

Undetermined

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Hi Obies, I remember fondly the student-produced musical that was performed during our fresh-person orientation. Does anyone else remember it? It starred Steve Schwartz, who also sang in the choir with Robert Fountain. I was awe-struck of the talents of Oberlin students. It started my love-affair with musical theater. Fifty years later, I have written a musical on Madame Curie. It's going to be streamed starting tomorrow night by Cape Cod Theatre. You're cordially invited. https://capecodtheatrecompany.org
Stay well. Dave

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Feb 28, 2019 at 9:03 AM

Hi Andy, I remember you from our days in Barrow Hall. You and your roommate (who played bassoon) were always very nice to me. If your at the reunion, I’d love to reconnect. Dave

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Posted on: Feb 28, 2019 at 8:56 AM

Hi Lynda and Paco, So nice to see your smiling face on this site. I remember both of you from our days working at the Oberlin Inn. I hope to see you both and the reunion. Dave

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Hi Bob, Gosh we had so much fun working about the Oberlin Inn and playing pinochle. Then there was that G&S production of Yeomen of the Guard, where you had the lead. Sorry we lost touch. But I hope we can reconnect at the reunion.

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Hi Robert! I always loved seeing you on TV. What a career you have/had. Will you be attending the reunion? Dave

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Posted on: Feb 28, 2019 at 8:10 AM

Ellis, So nice to see your face. I have so many memories of you. In Barrows, there was the night we piled soda cans from floor to ceiling in front of someone’s door. I have the picture. Never laughed so hard. And working at the Oberlin Inn. And then there was that monkey, right??? What were we thinking?
I hope to see you at the reunion.
Dave

Feb 28, 2019 at 8:03 AM

Dan, It’s great to read about your highly productive life. I have a vague memory that you went to law school after Oberlin, correct? I’m not surprised you spent your life in the West. You always thought Denver weather beat Oberlin weather. We had many happy days at Barrows. I seem to remember a chicken in the hallway... Did I just make that up or did it happen? Dave

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