Arthur Perry Curtis ’44

Arthur Perry Curtis ’44 died on November 19, 2007, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Togus, Maine.

Born on October 25, 1920, in Presque Isle, Maine, he prepared for college at Brunswick High School and at Morse High School in Bath and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946. Following his graduation in 1948 as a member of the Class of 1944, he was involved in the dairy business and then the poultry business. He owned C.P. Curtis Insurance Agency from 1965 until his retirement in 1996. He served the town of Bowdoinham as town manager for seven years, was a selectman, and was secretary and treasurer of the Bowdoinham Fire Department Association for more than 40 years. He was elected to two terms in the Maine State Legislature, from 1968 to 1972. He was a founding member of the Bowdoinham Water District, the Sagadahoc County Conservation Committee, and the Bowdoinham Credit Union. He was active in the Sagadahoc County Republican Committee. He was a member of the Merrymeeting Grange, the Masons, the Knights of Pythias, and Bowdoinham Second Baptist Church, which he served as deacon, trustee, and treasurer. He was also a deputy master of the Maine State Grange. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Ann Douglass Perry, whom he married in 1946, and he is survived by two daughters, Susan A. Hackett of Bowdoinham and Rebecca A. Curtis of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren; a sister, Margaret A. Derocher of Brunswick; and his adoptive family – son Hoeung Curtis Kim, daughter TK Kim, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.