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Donald D. ‘Don’ Curtis of Williamsburg, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Hospice House in Williamsburg. He was 91.
Don was born on Dec. 7, 1924, in New York City. He earned his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a master’s degree and an All But Dissertation (ABD) degree in educational psychology from the Curry School of Education.
Don was a very accomplished man. He began his technical education at the American Radio Institute in 1938. From 1944 to 1947, Donald was the staff announcer at radio station WJTN, Jamestown, NY. In 1948, he moved to Waynesboro as a field engineer working on General Electric Mobile Communications. In 1951, he started working for radio station WAYB, in Waynesboro as chief engineer. In 1953, he began working with Paul Klann and marketing V.P. of Klann Organ Supply Co. In 1964, Donald went back to radio and built WANV, ‘The Sound of Music’ in Waynesboro.
Before retiring to Williamsburg in 2001, he taught adult business leaders, including those within the U.S. Navy and U.S. Postal Service, for 27 years as a member of the Darden School of Business. He was a member and held office in several non-profit civic organizations, including Waynesboro Rotary Club, YMCA, United Fund of Waynesboro, Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, Organ Builders of America, Senior Employment Resources in Fairfax, Commander Flotilla 14-3, U.S. Coastal Guard Auxiliary and Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club.
He is survived by his second wife, Carolyn Curtis of Williamsburg; daughter, Linda (Curtis) Barker of Fort Collins, Colo.; and sons, Donald D. Curtis III and Thomas W. Curtis of Waynesboro.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Stonehouse Club, 9700 Mill Pond Run, Toano.
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