Kurt Elwood Volk, Jr. ’56

Kurt Elwood Volk, Jr. ’56 died on November 22, 2007, in New Haven, Conn.

Born in Camden, N.J., on March 3, 1934, he prepared for college at the Storm King School in Cornwall-on- Hudson, N.Y., and became a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He began a long and distinguished career in the printing industry at Kurt H.Volk, Inc. in Milford, Conn., the firm started by his grandfather. He was named executive vice president in 1962 and president in 1967. He was a pioneer in the use of computers in printing and graphic arts, and was the holder of several patents for inventions in database communications. He received an Echo Award for lifetime achievements in the printing industry from the Direct Mail marketing Association of America. He was also honored by the Printing Industries of America, the Printing Industry of Connecticut, and the Master Printers Association for his contributions and innovations. He was the first president of the Master Printers Section of the Printing Industry of Connecticut, and, in the national organization of the Master Printers of America, he served as a director, treasurer, member of the executive committee, vice president, and president. He is survived by his wife, Norma Gomer Volk, whom he married in 1956; a son, Kurt; a daughter, Diane; and four grandchildren.