Calvin L. Kort

September 11, 1926 - September 17, 2012 

Calvin L. Kort

September 11, 1926 - September 17, 2012 

Obituary for Calvin L. Kort

KORT, Calvin L. of Glen Rock, NJ died on September 17, 2012. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Rev. Arthur and Jeanette Kort. Calvin grew up in Iowa, Hoboken, and moved to Glen Rock as a teenager.
He attended Stevens Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and later a Master of Science. He worked at Otis Elevator Co., and at Jaros, Baum and Bolles Consulting Firm before establishing his own company, Calvin Kort Associates. Calvin specialized in designing elevators for tall buildings. His work can be found in many buildings, including the world’s tallest, around the world. His favorite accomplishment was his unique design of the elevators for the World Trade Center. In the midst of the horror of 9/11, he was proud that his elevators continued to operate bringing many people to safety before these buildings collapsed.
Calvin was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing golf at the Upper Montclair Country Club. Calvin was a long standing member of Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder and a deacon.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jacqueline Kort (Van Hassel), and his children Dr. Arthur Kort, The Rev. Kathryn Korbon and her husband, Dr. Gregg Korbon, and his son and coworker James Kort. His grandchildren are Brian (deceased), Jacquelyn and Matthew Korbon.
The family will receive friends on Friday September 21, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Vander Plaat Funeral Home (www.vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ. A funeral service will be held at the Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church, 271 Lincoln Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 on Saturday September 22, at 11:00 AM follow by interment in the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. Memorial contributions may be made to the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 1 Harding Plaza, Glen Rock, NJ 07452 or the Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church.

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