On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the D’Youville College community gathered in the Campus Center Dining Hall (Porterview Room) for a dedication ceremony honoring the memory of George O. Kuhrt. Made possible by a generous contribution from Personal Touch Food Service, D’Youville’s food service provider, the Dining Hall now bears the name of D’Youville’s popular Director of Food Service from 2002 until his passing in 2014.
A familiar and friendly face at the college during his tenure, George took care of the students, faculty and staff – not only in making sure the daily offerings in the cafeteria were the best, but also ensuring that everyone was happy with the food service.
George was employed by Personal Touch Food Service, a full service food contracting company based in Buffalo. “He was one of the most talented and respected individuals in the company, and never said no to a request,” said David A. Cervi, president of Personal Touch. “George was a gifted culinarian with an exceptional palate and a keen eye for detail.’
A graduate of Cornell University’s hotel administration program, George worked in a number of venues prior to arriving at D’Youville in 2002. “His true calling was when he became general manager at D’Youville,” Cervi said. “The people there, regardless of whether they worked for the company or the college, became his second family.” The only thing he loved more were his cherished basset hounds, Winston and Chester, his “children”.
A fitting epitaph for the well-liked George appears on the dedication plaque, in the words of his boss David Cervi, “A familiar and friendly face at the college for more than a decade, George was a caring soul with a huge heart.”