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August 20, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 20, 2013


The tall, lean college professor with the boyish enthusiasm has been regarded as “an excellent teacher by his colleagues and a stimulating person by his students.”

The Curtises are cosmopolitan.

The two have been leaders of summer courses and tours in Europe and the Middle East in 1938, 1949, 1951, 1956, 1957, 1961 and 1962.

The Curtises have entertained foreign guests in their home since the ‘30s.

If you enter his Ford Avenue home now there is a sign in the window that reads, “This house does NOT have a fallout shelter … peace is the answer.”

Mr. Curtis said he first learned of the rigors of war when he taught at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1926 to 1929.

“I saw the results of war … the poverty of the people … what war did to the land,” he said.

When this writer left the two Curtises, they were readying for their trip to Guam with the same enthusiasm as a college freshman attacking a new job.

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