Kuivinen, Karl Church


Karl Church Kuivinen
February 19, 1948 - October 10, 2017

Karl Church Kuivinen was born February 19, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Dr. Edward J. and Rachael Kuivinen. Karl passed away peacefully at home with his wife Linda by his side on October 10, 2017, after a courageous 11-month battle with cancer.
From 1968 to 2003 Karl worked to provide logistical support, glacio-climatological research, field operations management, and ice drilling services to an international cadre of scientists conducting field work in both Antarctica and the Arctic. He served 39 field seasons in the Polar Regions during his career and is the recipient of the United States of America Antarctic Service Medal (1970) and the U.S.S.R. Polar Service Medal (1988).
Following graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1971, Karl served as a personnel specialist and courier with top secret clearance in the U.S. Army. During his final months of military service, Karl was assigned under "Project Transition" to the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs, where he contributed to the initial Draft Impact Statement for Antarctica.
In 1974, Karl began 29 years of service to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in a variety of capacities including Field Operations Manager for the Ross Ice Shelf Project Management Office, Director of the Polar Ice Coring Office, and Co-Director of the Snow and Ice Research Group. In 2005, the United States Board on Geographic Names announced the designation of an Antarctic geological feature honoring Karl and his service. Kuivinen Ridge is a transverse ridge extending SW-NE across Saint Johns Range between an unnamed glacier and Ringer Glacier in Victoria Land.
Karl is survived by his wife Linda Russell Kuivinen; sister Marta Kuivinen Brown of Bellevue, Washington; sister Rachael VerDuin of Brookfield, Wisconsin; nephews David and Matthew Brown; niece Melinda Waite; and nephew Dan VerDuin.
Private burial will be in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the People's City Mission. 

Guestbook for Kuivinen, Karl Church

9:43PM Nov 4th, 2017
I met Karl many years ago at a family reunion. I will always remember him smiling warmly.
Randy Nevin (Sammamish, WA)
9:01AM Nov 3rd, 2017
Dearest deepest condolences to all of Karl's family. I have such fond memories of Karl and his family as we all grew up living as neighbors and friends on a wonderful street in Chagrin Falls. Karl and his accomplishments are impressive and a great legacy to leave behind. Thinking of all of you and sending peace and returning joy.
Pam Harden-Newrones (Oregon City, OR)
5:14PM Nov 2nd, 2017
I am so sad to hear of Karl's passing. I grew up across the street from him and spent many hours with Karl, Marta and Rachael playing outside! Sweet memories that I cherish. I am so sorry for your loss of a sweet and humble person who accomplished so much in his life. Prayers and sympathy to you all.
Holly Pempin (Newnan, GA)
4:56PM Nov 2nd, 2017
Dear family
Holly Pempin (Newnan, GA)
10:30PM Oct 23rd, 2017
I first met Karl in McMurdo in 1994. Over the next couple of years, he convinced me to come work for him in Greenland, then he convinced me to work for him at the South Pole drilling for the AMANDA project. His smile and laughter were infectious, and he was bigger than life at times. Karl was a good friend, and I am better off from spending time with him on both ice caps, than I’d be otherwise.
Bret James (Denver, AL)
8:50AM Oct 23rd, 2017
I first met Karl in 1976 in McMurdo when he was the RISP Field Manager. A great guy who was easy to work with. He always had a smile on his face. A fine person who will be missed.
Jim Chambers (Parker, CO)
5:13AM Oct 20th, 2017
Karl was a very talented man. I enjoyed talking with him about helping to accomplish the important work he was doing at Polar Ice Coring Office.
John Wiltse (Lincoln, NE)
7:33AM Oct 15th, 2017
It was an honor and pleasure getting to know Karl after he and my cousin Linda got married and he became part of my extended family. He will be sorely missed.
Bill Woodward (Meridian, ID)
6:41AM Oct 12th, 2017
I will miss seeing and chatting with Karl every six months. He always was such an uplifting person and a true pleasure to see.
Gina Schlater (Lincoln, NE)

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