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Full of Life – Remembering Curt Orlowski

Life is precious. It’s a phrase we periodically hear and a concept we occasionally consider, but in the rush of our typical day, we tend to not give it much thought. And then days like last Thursday come when we are painfully reminded once more that life is indeed very precious, a gift beyond description.

On Thursday, July 3, as most everyone was preparing for Independence Day celebrations, Northwood University lost one of its own with the death of student Curt Orlowski in an automobile accident.

A 2013 graduate of Tecumseh High School, Curt had passion for music and soccer among other things. An Advertising & Marketing major on our Michigan campus, he completed his freshman year of studies at Northwood this past spring. Active in the campus community, Curt was an energetic member of Emerging Leaders and DECA as well as a volunteer on key events such as the Northwood University International Auto Show and the Rubenstein Foundation Charity Dinner. As his classmates and friends will attest, he was hard working, driven to succeed, and had a variety of aspirations including joining the Officer Training Program of the United States Navy.

Curt was full of life and he shared it, both with those who knew him and through the activities of which he was such an important part. Even with his untimely death, he brought life to others with the donation of his organs and tissue to the Gift of Life program. As one of his instructors, Assistant Academic Dean Mandi Swafford, observed, “He was an impressive young man.” How very true.

Curt Orlowski will be dearly missed, and we will not be the same without him, but the world, and our Northwood University family in particular, are better because of him. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Curt’s parents Steven (class of '85) and Laura, his family and friends, and the entire Northwood University community.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203


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