Dr. Louis R. Curtis, a prominent community leader and manager of Hi-Land Dairy for 30 years, died May 6, 1988, in a Salt Lake Hospital. He was 81.

Dr. Curtis served as bacteriologist for the Dairymen's League of New York, with laboratories in Syracuse, from 1934 to 1937. He then joined the research staff of National Dairies in Baltimore.He returned to his native Utah as chief sanitarian of the Salt Lake City Health Department in charge of milk, meats and restaurant inspections. In 1943, he became manager of the Hi-Land Dairy, where he served until his retirement in 1972.

In addition to his business responsibilities, Dr. Curtis was a director of Valley Bank & Trust Co. from its beginning in 1948 to June 1987. He had been affiliated with several organizations and businesses, including the Salt Lake Kiwanis, Bonneville Knife and Fork Club, Dinorators, Society of American Bacteriologists, Utah Public Health Association and the Utah Dairy Council, which he served as president.

Dr. Curtis was born in Salt Lake City, attended Salt Lake schools and received a bachelor's in bacteriology from the University of Utah. He went on to George Washington and Cornell universities, graduating from Cornell in 1934 with a doctorate in microbiology and chemistry.

Funeral will begin at noon May 9 in the Monument Park 17th LDS Ward, 2795 Crestview Drive, where friends may call Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m., and Monday one hour prior to services.

The family suggests contributions to the Deseret Foundation, LDS Hospital, 8th Avenue and C Street. (Obituary on B15.)