CURT GREGORY A. CURT, M.D. A noted cancer researcher, former Clinical Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and retired Captain in the United States Public Health Service (PHS), passed away on July 31, 2016, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been a patient for several months. Greg was born in 1952 in Fall River, MA. Greg graduated summa cum laude from Providence College in 1974, and from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, with distinction in research, in 1977. While in medical school, Greg conducted research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the Charing Cross Hospital in London. Greg completed his internship and residency at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA in 1980, and then began his oncology fellowship at the NCI. Greg remained at the NCI following his fellowship and was appointed Clinical Director in 1989. Greg was awarded the Outstanding Service Medal by the PHS in 1992. While at the NCI, Greg''s clinical research involved high-grade brain tumors and Phase I clinical trials; his basic research explored drug resistance in cancer cells. Greg was beloved by the NCI staff and was well known for treating his patients with the utmost kindness and dignity. Upon his from the PHS in 2002, Greg continued his dedication to cancer drug development at AstraZeneca, where he was the Executive Director for External Relations, U. S. Medical Affairs, Oncology, at the time of his illness. At AstraZeneca, Greg successfully strove to forge partnerships with the NCI for the further development of new cancer drugs. Among Greg''s many other endeavors, he was a member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, an organization founded by President George H.W. Bush to foster collaboration among the nation''s cancer leaders in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Greg was also a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the T.J. Martell Foundation, the musical industry charity devoted to funding research into leukemia, other cancers, and AIDS. He was also an editor emeritus of the cancer journal, The Oncologist. Greg was a member of the American Society for Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research. Greg was predeceased by his farther, August P. Curt. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Suzanne Grealy Curt; his much beloved daughter Katherine "Katie"; his mother, Agnes Curt; his brother Frederick (Margaret) and sister Melanie Guimond (Gerard); and by many nieces and nephews. Suzanne and Katie are especially grateful to the staff at Walter Reed who not only provided Greg with outstanding care in every way, but who also extended the greatest degree of kindness and respect to their family. The family will receive guests at the Robert Pumphrey Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda MD, from 7 to 9 on Thursday, August 4. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Holy Cross Church, 4900 Strathmore Ave., Garrett Park, MD on Friday, August 5 at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at Gate of Heaven cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Greg''s name can be made to the NCI, and addressed to the Director, National Cancer Institute, Building 31, Room 11A16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD, 20892. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Greg''s name can be made to the NCI, and addressed to the Director, National Cancer Institute, Building 31, Room 11A16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD, 20892.
Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 3, 2016.