Kurt Moss, 86, former maitre d' for Nationl Press Club

May 02, 1999

Kurt Moss, a retired maire d' who had worked at Washington hotels and the National Press Club, died of an abdominal aneurysm Thrusday at his home in Silver Spring.

He was 86, and a longtime resident of the Washington area.

Born in Germany, Mr Moss fled to the United States to escape the Nazis, arriving in New York in 1937 with $5 and not knowing a word of English, his family said.

He joined th U.S. Army in 1941, and participated in the invasion of North Africa.

After the war, he learned that his mother had died in a concentration camp. He was reunited with his sister, Lotte Heilberg, who survived Auschwitz.

Mr. Moss moved to Washington to study hotel management. He served as president of the Washington chapter of the International Geneva Association, a union of hotel and restaurant employees, from 1952 until his death.

Since his retirement in 1979, he has also devoted much of his time to volunteer work at the Kensington Lions Club, serving as president and organizing an annual pancake breakfast fund-raiser.

He and his wife of 52 years, the Ruth Rosenstock, enjoyed an annual tradition of family vacations and campfires at Cacapon State Park in West Virginia -- at first with their young children, but eventually including their grandchildren.

For their golden anniversary, the couple sponsored a Bahamas cruise with their children's families.

Mr. Moss was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and Temple Emanuel in Kensington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Leslie Friedheim of Columbia and Margo Maier of Olney; a son, Dennis Bozman-Moss of Healdsburg, Calif.; his sister in Hollywood, Fla.; and sin grandchildren.

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