Popular foxhunter Lewis Hall McCurdy, of North Alabama, died February 28th. Lewis was a whipper-in at Mooreland Hunt and Full Cry Hounds; he also took the horn at Full Cry when needed. He was an avid polo player and all-around sportsman. In addition to a phenomenal game sense and hound sense, which made him a gifted whipper-in, Lewis was an amazing horseman — often riding through woods and brush so thick that you would swear a rabbit couldn’t get through. He was also a skilled welder and made many of his friends decorative wine racks, he made lovely hunt whips-doubly treasured by those lucky enough to own one, and could even sew, once in his own words “when I was a poor vet student” making his beloved wife Nancy a ball gown.
Lewis was loved and respected in his profession as a vet, by his clients and colleagues alike. He was named Alabama Veterinary Medical Association Vet of the Year in 2007, was a past president of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, and was given a Service Award for lifetime achievement from that organization. He was involved in several charities including the Greater Huntsville Humane Society and was instrumental in starting a low cost spay/neuter program for pets belonging to those with restricted incomes. At Christmas time he would bring a trailer packed full of all kinds of animals from his farm for the church’s manger scene.
McCurdy was also a devoted family man-a tag on his truck proudly proclaimed “World’s Best Grandpa.” Lewis is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughter Elizabeth Koisch (John), his son Lewis Hall McCurdy, III (Eleanor), and five grandchildren. More than these many skills his infectious and considerate personality infused everything he did. We all felt a little happier, a little braver, and a little kinder in his company.