Of Saugus. Formerly of Lynn, age 88, beloved husband of the late Marcia E. Curry, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family. John was born on May 12, 1934, in Boston, MA, to the late John Anthony Curry and Margaret F. (Connors) Curry. John grew up in the city of Lynn, MA and graduated from Lynn English High School in 1951. He and Marica, his wife of over 60 years, resided in Saugus, MA, where they raised their family.
John leaves behind two sons, Robert Curry and his wife Claire (LeBlanc) Curry of Waltham, Timothy Curry and his wife Susan (Moriello) Curry of Saugus, and one daughter, Susan (Curry) Brown of Saugus. He is also survived by six grandchildren; James Brown, Jessica Jaklitsch, Nicole Kroll, Melissa Deming, Christopher Curry, Courtney Curry, and spouses. He is survived by his younger brother, Martin Curry, as well as seven great-grandchildren, whom he cherished dearly.
John was a graduate of the class of 1956 at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1960, he received his master’s in education from Northeastern and in 1980, he received his doctorate in Education from Boston University. He had an accomplished career in education before becoming the president of Northeastern University, from 1989 to 1996. Dr. John A. Curry, was the first president who was also a Northeastern alumnus. As president, he made significant improvements to the university, including renovating athletic facilities, expanding the women’s athletics program, and embracing technology, by implementing computer and internet connectivity for the first time, across campus. After his retirement, John’s service was recognized through the dedication of the “John and Marcia Curry Student Center”.
Since his retirement, Curry has published nine books, including his first novel titled “Loyalty” and his most recent novel “Running in Lane One”. John enjoyed spending summers on the Cape with Marcia, swimming, running or walking his favorite spots. He loved playing basketball with his kids, or having a competitive, nightly hour of Jeopardy with the family. He was an avid collector of movies and books, and a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox, and Celtics. You could often catch John and Marcia enjoying breakfast at the Hammersmith Restaurant, or a good slice of Monte’s Pizza, as well as their weekly dinner at Kowloon Restaurant.
As amazing as the long list of “Jack” Curry’s accomplishments may be, no list can begin to describe what he meant to his family and friends on a personal level. Jack’s sharp wit and intellect were matched only by his kindness and humility. Jack is also survived by his cherished cousins from Quincy, his life-long friends that he remained close with, and the many memorable colleagues whom he revered.
The family would like to thank, on behalf of Jack, the numerous caregivers who stood by him through the ups and downs he endured fighting Parkinson’s disease. They graciously cared for him in his home, with kindness and compassion. Finally, Jack’s children and grandchildren, led by his daughter, Susan Brown; his primary care-giver, who never wavered from his side, while remaining a vigilant support system. Jack’s legacy will continue to inspire those who knew him.
Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus, on Tuesday April 25. A funeral mass was held on Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to: Northeastern University, President John A. Curry Scholarship Fund, 716 Columbus Avenue, 402CP, Boston, MA 02120. or https://giving.northeastern.edu/live/profiles/1343-president-john-a-curry-scholarship-fund. Please note the President John A. Curry Scholarship Fund on the contribution. The scholarship will provide financial aid to deserving students with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.