CURTIN WINSOR

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WINSOR CURTIN WINSOR, III An entrepreneur, philanthropist and a native of Washington DC, died from a sudden heart attack at the age of 49, on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2012. Mr. Winsor co-founded the Bank of Georgetown with Mike Fitzgerald in 2005 and served as its Executive Chairman. He did much to make it into one of our community's most successful local banks. Today it has $767 million in assets and nine branches. Earlier in his career, Mr. Winsor was a principal and founding partner of Columbia Partners Investment Management LLC, which manages money for pension funds, endowments and high net worth individuals. Mr. Winsor participated actively in several notable philanthropic areas. He served with distinction for over twenty years as a trustee of William H. Donner Foundation of New York. He was notably involved in Canadian philanthropy, where he served as a Governor of the Donner Canadian Foundation of Toronto, one of the largest endowed private foundations in Canada. Mr. Winsor was especially active with local not-for-profit organizations. He served on the Board of Advisors of the National Zoo at the Smithsonian Institution, where he took special interest in its nationally distinguished breeding project for cheetahs, an endangered member of the great cat family of Africa. He was a strong believer in free markets and educational choice. In this spirit, he served as a trustee of the National Taxpayers Union. His love of children led Mr. Winsor to serve on the Boards of the Starlight Children's Foundation, which provides educational materials and computers for seriously ill children, and Fight for Children, which provides education grants for underprivileged children in DC. He also shared environmental interests that he inherited from his grandfather, Curtin Winsor of Philadelphia, PA. Like that individual, he served on the National Advisory Board of Trout Unlimited. Curtin's interest in the area of stream restoration also led him to personally support pioneering work toward restoring several salmon rivers in the Northeast. Locally, he served on the Vestry of Christ Church Georgetown (Episcopal) and taught Sunday School there for a number of years. He also served on the Washington Scholarship Fund's executive committee, which helps deserving Washington students find assistance with vouchers and scholarships. Mr. Winsor also inherited a love of music, especially opera, from his grandfather who served for 50 years on the Board of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Winsor served on the Board of the Washington Opera, until it became a part of the Kennedy Center last year. He was especially fond of the works of Wagner and Puccini. Mr. Winsor's business creativity and strong belief in giving back to society were driving forces in his life. He believed that to whom much is given, much is expected. He began and helped to initiate several successful business ventures, especially the Bank of Georgetown, to which he was both proud and dedicated. He was an entrepreneurial investor in several other business ventures. He believed that his successes called him to serve the needs of society at both the local and national levels, hence his strong commitment to philanthropy. But most of all, Curt's life was centered on family. His happiest days were spent with his beloved wife and girls boating on the waters off of Chester, Nova Scotia. Mr. Winsor's broad interests also reflected his education and upbringing. He received his M. Phil degree from Magdelan College at Cambridge University; his BA degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and attended high school at the Landon School in Maryland. He spent his junior year in Spain with the Phillips Academy (Andover) SYA program, where he became (and would remain) fluent in Spanish. Curtin is survived by his wife, Deborah; and three daughters, Devon, Elizabeth and Julia. He was the oldest of five siblings and the only son of Ann and US Ambassador Curtin Winsor of McLean, VA. His surviving sisters include: Anita Winsor Edwards of Alexandria, VA, Monica Winsor Mailman of New York, NY, Cristina Winsor of New York, NY and Rebecca Winsor of San Francisco, CA. He leaves us, his native Washington, the philanthropic community, his wide circle of friends and his young family, sadly diminished. The Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Curtin Winsor, III will be held at Christ Church, Georgetown, at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 17. Interment will be immediately following the service at Oak Hill Cemetery located at 3001 R Street, NW. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that gifts in memory of Curt's life be made to any of the following: Christ Church, Georgetown, 3116 O Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 Fight for Children 1726 M Street, NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036 Smithsonian National Zoo 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008Washington, DC 20008

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 16, 2012
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