William Curra

William "Bill" Foster Curra William "Bill" Foster Curra died unexpectedly on January 15, 2013 while working in Paris, France. He was born July 11, 1956, in Sanford, Maine, to Richard Sinclair West Curra and Doris Lauriette Foster Curra. He attended primary schools in North Berwick, Maine and graduated from Noble High School in Berwick, Maine in 1974. Bill exuded many gifts. His smile, wit, sense of humor, competitive spirit, rapacious curiosity, and love of life can all be traced to the supper table of his youth. Bill grew up roaming the woods, creeks, and rivers of rural Maine and developed a tremendous sense of adventure and a profound respect for his natural surroundings. During Bill's senior year in high school, Bill's family moved to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas Bill entered the University of Texas, Austin in 1974. He left for a time and served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany. After completing his army tour, he returned to the University of Texas and obtained his chemical engineering degree. Throughout Bill's career, he had many varied and interesting jobs in the U.S. and abroad in environmental management. He began his career at the Texas Department of Tranportation where he managed the environmental aspects of highway projects throughout the state. In Austin, he worked for Baer Engineering, Blue Ocean Energy, and Reynolds, Smith & Hill where he managed the environmental impact compliance for the Hwy 183 A toll road project. For Enron International, Bill traveled extensively throughout the Western Hemisphere performing siting studies and assessing the potential environmental impact of power production facilities, primarily in South America and the Caribbean. For Kellogg Brown & Root , Bill performed construction engineering and environmental compliance management . At YemGas, he managed the environmental impact mitigation and environmental compliance for a large pipeline in Yemen. Most recently, he had been working for Technip Worldwide. Up until October, 2012, Bill managed the environmental impact mitigation and environmental compliance for the construction of a nickel mine, refinery, and harbor in French New Caledonia. At the completion of that project, Technip charged Bill with developing an Environmental Management System for its worldwide operations. Bill had been deployed to Technip's Paris, France headquarters for a four- to six-month assignment when he died suddenly. Bill's genuine and warm smile was the window to his soul. He loved a challenge, whether it was on the court, over a game of chess , or rounding a buoy. Never short on words or opinions, he possessed a Twainian wit. He was in tune with his mechanical nature, and intertwined his work with his respect of his natural surroundings. Bill possessed an uncanny sense of logic, gave more than he took, and never left a trail in his wake. He loved his freedom, his music, and his arts. Bill's was at home with everyone in every land. Although Bill rambled the world, he loved Austin, coming back whenever possible. He loved music and many times scheduled his home visits around South by Southwest and Austin City Limits festivals. He liked to hunt and fish. He spent many hours gardening at his Deep Eddy community garden plot, working and hiking along Lady Bird Lake and sailing on Lake Travis. He served both on the City of Austin's Environmental Board and on the Lady Bird Lake Trail Foundation Board. The Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake was near and dear to Bill's heart. As a member of the Trail Foundation Board he was instrumental in the early work on the Boardwalk which is now under development. Bill is survived by his brother, Jonathan Curra and wife Blair Dudley Curra of Houston and their children Christopher, Hunter and Taylor Curra ; sister Laurie Curra of Austin and her children Alexandra, Katharine, and Nathaniel Curra-Spurger ; brother Nicholas of Austin and wife Catherine Curra and their children Marisa, Brianna, and Tara (Sutton), and Nicole and Cassidy Curra ; and dear friend and extended family member Kris Dudly of Austin. Bill also leaves behind many dear friends who grieve his death. There will be a memorial service at St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. 8th Street, Austin, TX on February 9th at 3:30 p.m. This will be followed by a celebration of Bill's life beginning at 5:00 pm at the American Legion, 404 Atlanta St., Austin, Tx 78703. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a or The Trail Foundation, PO Box 2382, San Antonio, Texas 78298-2382. http://www.thetrailfoundation.org/

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 27, 2013