Kurtis R. Froedtert (1888?-1951) was a
United Statesindustrialist and benefactor. Froedtert was the head of the Froedtert Grain and Malting Companyof Milwaukee, Wisconsinfrom 1915 to his death. His company processed germinated barley into malt, primarily for the use of the brewingindustry. In its time, Froedtert Malting Company was the largest such firm in the world.
Although Froedtert originally planned to attend medical school, his father's health problems compelled him to stay close to home. He took over the family's malt company in 1915 after his father's death.
World War II, Froedtert branched out into real estate development, developing the now-defunct Northgate and Southgate malls as well as Westgate, which was soon renamed Mayfair Mall.
Upon his death in 1951, Froedtert's will established a trust which designated $11 million dollars to go towards the creation of what would become Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.
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*Gurda, John. [http://www.retrocom.com/retromilw/southgate.htm "In 1951, Southgate changed shopping"]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 5, 1999
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