Curtis John Sollohub, who died at home in Las Vegas, Dec. 23, 2013, was born in El Paso, Texas on June 1, 1947 to Raymond John Sollohub and Josephine Forman Sollohub.
Curtis entered a Catholic seminary, was told to leave then gained readmission, earning a Master's degree in counseling psychology at California State University, Hayward and teaching high school in Oakland, Calif. Curtis asked to be released from his vows before ordination.
He married Ishwari Immel in San Leandro, Calif., in 1981 and earned his computer science degree at San Francisco State University.
Their first daughter was born in 1983 when he worked in the computer industry. In 1987 the family moved to Las Vegas, where their second daughter was born and where Curtis rose in rank to become a tenured professor of computer science at New Mexico Highlands University.
Curtis was devoted to his discipline while advocating for workplace fairness. He helped establish Highlands' Media Arts Program and served as President of the faculty union.
Curtis was a member of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, serving until his death as Clerk of the Las Vegas Friends' Worship Group.
Curtis was President of Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity, President of the Acequia Madre de Los Vigiles and Vice President of the Rio de Las Gallinas Acequia Association.
Until his death, Curtis was working on a book based on conversations with people in the West Bank and Gaza about their lives under Israeli rule. He was an active member of Amnesty International.
In 2011, Curtis met Martha McCabe of San Antonio, Texas, a writer and retired lawyer whom he married in a Friends meeting Dec. 22nd.
Curtis is survived by daughters, Tekla Currie of Rock Spring, Ga., and Sierra Sollohub of Chapel Hill, N.C.; wife, Martha McCabe; sisters, Jody Wilbert, Deborah Sollohub and Cathy Sollohub and three grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Traveler's Café on the Plaza in Las Vegas.
In lieu of flowers, gifts to Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 2933, Las Vegas, N.M. 87701.
Online guest book available at www.danielsfuneral.com.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Jan. 3, 2014