Stephen G. Kurtz

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Stephen G. Kurtz
11th Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy
In office
Preceded by Richard Ward Day
Succeeded by Kendra Stearns O'Donnell
Personal details
Born September 9, 1926
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died January 24, 2008
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University
University of Pennsylvania

Stephen Guild Kurtz (September 9, 1926 – January 24, 2008) was an American academic and educator, who served as the eleventh principal of Phillips Exeter Academy.

Kurtz was born on September 9, 1926, in Buffalo, New York. He held degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, the former of which he was a member of the class of 1948.[1] In 1961, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for the field of study of U.S. history.[2]

He served a teaching post as a history teacher at Athens College, in Greece and posts at Wabash College and Hamilton College. He was principal of Phillips Exeter Academy between 1974 and 1987.[3] In 1981, he received an honorary degree from Princeton. In 1999 he was the acting president of Athens College.

Additionally, Kurtz served on the faculties of the College of William & Mary, Columbia University and American University. He was a member of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.[4]

Kurtz died January 24, 2008, in Washington, D.C.[4]

Published works[edit]

  • "Essays on the American Revolution", University of North Carolina Press (June 1973).
  • "The Federalists-Creators and Critics of the Union, 1780-1801", John Wiley & Sons (January 1972).
  • "The Presidency of John Adams: The collapse of Federalism, 1795-1800", University of Pennsylvania Press (1957).


  1. ^ "Stephen Guild Kurtz '48". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  2. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Stephen G. Kurtz". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Woman to Head Exeter". The New York Times. 1987-02-22. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  4. ^ a b "OIEAHC - Uncommon Sense". Retrieved 2017-07-05.