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McCURDY HARRY WARD McCURDY, M.D. Col., USA (Ret.) (Age 94) The much loved husband of 57 years to the late Joan Jacqueline (Talty), and father, friend, and colleague, Dr. McCurdy died of pneumonia on May 23, 2013 at George Washington University Hospital. He was born on August 15, 1918 to Adam O. McCurdy and Sarah Fern (Hindman) McCurdy in Branchton, PA. By the age of 14 he knew that he would become a doctor of medicine, and he received his A.B. from Allegheny College in 1940 and his M.D. from Penn in 1943. He enlisted in the Army in 1945 and, as a second lieutenant, was in the Philippines waiting to ship out for the invasion of Japan when the armistice was declared. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, PA, before returning in the Army to the Far East and the Korean War. After some years in private practice in the Washington area, he re-enlisted in the Army, serving in, among other posts, Frankfurt, Germany, and Fort Benning, GA. In 1964 he became chief of otolaryngology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., a position he held until his retirement in 1974. Dr. McCurdy was a key figure in the establishment of hearing protection guidelines for the armed services. This period also included three years (1967-1970) at the U.S. Embassy in London as assistant military attaché. In 1974, Dr. McCurdy became chief executive officer of the American Council of Otolaryngology and guided that organization into a strong position in the politicized world of modern medicine. He was instrumental in the ACO's merger with the American Academy of Otolaryngology. After retiring in 1984 as executive vice president, Dr. McCurdy continued to travel and to garden prodigiously in Bethesda and Lewes, Delaware. He leaves a daughter, Bridget Elizabeth, of Bethesda, and a son, Peter Adam, of New York. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 29 at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Humane Society, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 or to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.

Published in The Washington Post on July 21, 2013
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