Joshua W. Curtis, Jr. ’50

Joshua W. Curtis, Jr. ’50 died on March 9, 2008, in Searsport, Maine.

Born on February 6, 1925, in Portland, he prepared for college at Searsport High School, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II; when he was discharged, he attended Bowdoin, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity and was involved with the Orient, the Quill, and Masque & Gown. After graduation, he served another tour of duty during the Korean conflict, serving in both the European and Pacific theaters and receiving three campaign stars.After his second discharge, he lived in South Portland, where he taught history for 31 years. He then retired to his family home in Searsport where his active involvement in the First Congregational Church led to the naming of the new vestry as Curtis Hall in his honor and that of his father. He was well known as one of the leading historians in Searsport, and his many hobbies included photography, playing the piano, and flower gardening. He is survived by several cousins, including his cousin Arthur Curtis, with whom he lived during the last year of his life.