Patrick Currivan was intensely curious, which made him a wonderful traveler. "Whatever chance he got he quizzed people," said Kathy Marshall, a neighbor who visited Egypt with him. "He really delved into their understanding and knowledge of their own country, where they were and who they were, and he constantly asked questions. And if you were smart, you stood around and waited to hear the answers."
He had traveled extensively on the Silk Route and in Syria, and was particularly interested in the richness of Islamic culture, visiting mosque after mosque in Cairo, said Ms. Marshall's husband, Paul.
Mr. Currivan, 52, a vice president at Atos-Euronext, was born in Ireland and had moved about a decade ago from Paris to Winchester, Mass. He was on Flight 11. His friend John Adamson remembers Mr. Currivan as a gifted talker. "He would drop a well-chosen phrase or word into a conversation, then stand back and watch the effect with a big twinkle in his eye."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on May 19, 2002.
Patrick Currivan, VP of tech firm, 52
By Globe Staff, 9/27/2001
A memorial Mass will be said tomorrow for Patrick J. Currivan of Winchester and Paris, a vice president of the French information technology firm AtosEuronext.
Mr. Currivan died Sept. 11 when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. He was 52. He was born in Dublin, where he graduated from Trinity College.
He was employed by Honeywell Bull in Paris and Bull Integris in Billerica until 1994, when he joined Shaw Data. He was senior vice president of technology at Shaw until 1999, when he left the company to travel.
He crisscrossed the Atlantic several times to visit friends in the United States and Ireland, and also visited China before joining AtosEuronext last year.
He leaves a brother, Daniel, and a sister, Helen Reed, both of Ireland.
The memorial Mass will be said at 7 p.m. in St. Eulalia Church in Winchester.
Editorial obituary published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on September 27, 2001.