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.