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Born 3 December 1928, Langenau, Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, Germany. Parents Paul Gerhard Goertz and Margarete Schukat.

 

Grew up on father's Rittergut at Powarben, Kreis Samland, East Prussia, 1933-1945.

 

Baptized 1943 at Elbing Mennonite church by Emil Händiges.

 

Entered high school 1939 at Friedrichs-Kollegium at Königsberg. Drafted into Heimatflak July 1944.

 

Finished high school at Oberschule St. Peter-Ording in Schleswig-Holstein 1948-1950.

 

MCC-sponsored exchange at Upland College (California) 1950-1951.

 

Studied physics at Frankfurt University 1951-1958 (Diplom-Physiker).

 

Married Bärbel Kittler at Niederbieber-Torney 8 August 1958.

 

Employed as physicist at Phillips research labs in Aachen and Eindhoven 1958-1960.

 

Migrated to United States in November 1960 to work at National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Ph. D. in physics at University of Colorado, July 1968.

 

Moved to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, August 1968 to teach at Penn State University Mont Alto campus.

 

Retired to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1997.

 

Prolific writer on Prussian Mennonite family history.

Died 7 May 2011, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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