Ralph R. Curry – Captain, United States Coast Guard

From a contemporary press report

Ralph R. Curry, 95, a Coast Guard Captain who retired as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Institute in Connecticut in 1962 and then practiced law in Arlington for 32 years, died April 12, 2000 at a nursing home in San Jose, California. He had suffered a stroke.

Captain Curry, a native of Viola, Missouri, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and George Washington University law school.

He commanded an escort division in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during World War II. He was chief of special services and a congressional liaison at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington in the 1950s.

His military decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit.

Captain Curry was a volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Washington. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington and Army Navy Country Club, where he was captain of the senior golf team.

His wife, Mary Rose Ruddy Curry, died in 1988.

Survivors include three children, Kate Curry of Cupertino, Calif., Connie Curry of Saratoga, Calif., and Ralph R. “Chip” Curry Jr. of San Jose; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


On April 12, 2000, of San Jose, California, formerly of Arlington, Virginia, husband of the late Mary Rose Curry. He is survived by three children, Kate Curry of Cupertino, CA, Connie Curry of Saratoga, CA, and Ralph R. ”Chip” Curry, Jr. of San Jose, CA; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Ft. Myer Chapel on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at 8:45 a.m.  Interment Arlington National Cemetery.

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