In recognition of Curt Grimm's lifelong appreciation of the scholarships that enabled him to accomplish his dreams, his family has established a memorial fund at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Curt served as a faculty member at Maryland Smith where he taught students at every level from 1983 until his passing on Dec. 12, 2018. Over his thirty-five years, Curt’s engagement, patience and positivity resonated with hundreds of students. He was recognized for his exemplary teaching as recipient of the Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in 1988, named as a Top 15 percent instructor 12 times, and honored by the university with a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher award in 2010. Much of Curt’s scholarly work focused on the interface of business and public policy with strategic management, with an emphasis on competition, and transportation policy. He also authored four books and more than 80 published articles. Few professors are able to consistently make important contributions in two such different fields as Curt did. He also served as a department chair and worked with many committees within the university, proving himself a committed advocate for the entire Terp community.
To honor our beloved colleague, professor and friend, it is the intent that should the fund's value reach minimum required thresholds it will be endowed for the purpose of graduate support for supply chain PhD students in the Logistic, Business and Public Policy Department. It is hoped that they can then carry on Curt’s legacy of teaching excellence, distinguished research and active academic community involvement.