[unav_all] Kurt Frankel

Andrew Newman anewman at gatech.edu
Tue Jul 5 13:52:14 MDT 2011

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we write to inform you of the untimely passing 
of Kurt L. Frankel, Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and 
Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, 
GA.  Kurt was killed during a morning bicycle ride this past Saturday 
(02 July) when he was struck from behind by a motorist. Kurt was 33 
years old.

Kurt was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio.  He earned a B.S. in Geology 
at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000, followed by a 
M.S. in Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University in 2002, 
and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2007. Since 
then he has been in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the 
Georgia Technological Institute in Atlanta, GA.

Kurt’s research focused on tectonic geomorphology and cosmogenic 
geochronology.  He worked extensively in the Great Basin, California, 
Turkey, Italy, Mongolia, and the Appalachians.  His undergraduate thesis 
described the slip of several Holocene fault scarps in Death Valley, 
California. For his M.S. work he developed a set of mountain front 
topographic metrics to quantify the long-term slip rates of 
normal-fault-bound mountain fronts.  His Ph.D. work involved novel 
applications of LiDAR and cosmogenic dating to compare geologic and 
GPS-geodetic rates of slip in the Eastern California Shear Zone.  During 
his short, but prolific career, Kurt organized field trips, co-directed 
two Keck undergraduate projects, chaired meeting topical sessions, was 
on the steering committee for NCALM, served on an NSF panel, published 
widely in international journals, and was in the process of building a 
nationally-recognized program in tectonic geomorphology at Georgia Tech.

Kurt was a field geologist who loved the outdoors.  He was an avid 
runner, biker, and hiker. For everyone who had the honor and pleasure of 
working with Kurt, he will be remembered for his infectious enthusiasm, 
quick laugh, and devotion to his projects, colleagues, and students.  He 
leaves behind his wife of two years, Stephanie Briggs, who he met and 
was committed to since their undergraduate days at UNC-CH.

Memorial contributions can be made in Kurt's name to the Department of 
Geological Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, c/o Arts and Sciences 
Foundation, CB #6115, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6115

Respectfully submitted by Karl W. Wegmann, Patrick W. Belmont, Frank J. 

Andrew V. Newman                anewman at gatech.edu
Associate Professor
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Drive               Office: 404-894-3976
ES&T, Room 2254                  Lab: 404-385-2050
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0340          Fax: 404-894-5638

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