In Memoriam:
Captain Howard L. Kusnetz (USPHS ret)

By:  Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP (text extracted from published obituary in the Houston Chronicle, Dec. 31, 2017)


Captain Howard L. Kusnetz (USPHS ret), 1929–2017

Captain Howard L. Kusnetz (USPHS ret), PE, CIH, CSP, died on December 21, 2017, in Houston, TX. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and received his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati. After completing a graduate degree in Public Health from Columbia University in 1950, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Public Health Service, and began a distinguished 40-year career in industrial hygiene.

Of special interest to the health physics community is his contributions to the field. While he was stationed in Salt Lake City, UT, he participated in studies on the health effect of uranium mining and milling. As part of this assignment, he developed a method for measuring Radon and associated progeny. The Kusnetz method, which was recognized and validated internationally, continues to be the official EPA method for such measurements today. Other radiation-related assignments over the years included two stints at the continental atomic bomb tests in Nevada and the measurement of potential health hazards in nuclear submarines.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Florence, three children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and more than a hundred nieces and nephews in Israel.

Donations may be made in Howard's memory to Aishel House, 1955 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77030, which provides assistance to out-of-town patients and their families who come to the Texas Medical Center.