GREGORY A. CURT M.D.
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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.


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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 3, 2016.
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August 30, 2016
Greg was one of the nicest and most engaging and unpretentious people that I have ever met. I had the pleasure to work with Greg at NCI up until I left in 2001.

My sincere condolences to Suzanne and Katie.
Douglas Hageman
August 23, 2016
I have to echo the statement below- Greg was one of the most kind and gentle people that I have ever known. It was a pleasure to work under him as a fellow in the NCI Medical Oncology fellowship program at NIH in the 1990's. He was an inspiration and a great teacher. He will be missed.
Vivek Samnotra
August 11, 2016
This comes as quite a shock, I had no idea Greg was ill. Greg and I crossed paths many times in our careers, starting in 1974 when he "crashed" in my apartment in Brookline as we were beginning a summer program at the then Sidney Farber Cancer Institute. As someone said, one of the good ones. He will be missed.
rob kramer
August 11, 2016
I was privileged to have worked with Greg at AstraZeneca for several years. Every time I spoke with Greg or heard him address a group I learned something new. He was always patient and kind when it came to sharing his expertise with others, and dedicated to fostering research collaborations that would advance the field. I've never met Greg's family but I feel like I know his daughter Katie because he spoke about her so often. Being Katie's father was clearly a source of great joy for Greg and he was immensely proud of her.
Debbie Ryan
August 8, 2016
My heart felt condolence on Greg's passing. I was heartbroken when I read about Greg's death. There just is no other way to praise and honor him for all the kindness and dedication he gave to improving others lives even down to the smallest act of a warm smile or cluckle when you saw him, i.e., that Greg was a great human being! I missed him when he left NCI/NIH but feel a great loss with his passing. God's love and love keep his family safe, comforted, and loved.
Mary Gregg
August 8, 2016
In his work to advance public-private partnerships, I had the privilege to see Greg's visions become realities. As a leader in the NCI, CEO Roundtable, ODAC, and other programs, Greg was an inspiration to me and others by his quality of thought, scholarship, and honesty. In many ways, Greg redefined the role - and the societal value - of being an Oncologist who chooses a career path within the biopharma Industry. He will be missed.
Howard Fingert
August 6, 2016
Greg's gift for making one laugh, no matter what the situation, while still maintaining his professionalism and accomplishing his mission, was extraordinary. He made his work look effortless, belying his hard work to always be prepared, informed and focused. To be in his company was always such a great pleasure; his kindness, sense of fun and his sharp intellect made him an exceptional person. Such a loss for us even on the periphery of his life. Our thoughts are with Suzanne and his beloved Katie. Marcia Browne
Marcia Browne
August 5, 2016
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Greg through the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and the National Cancer Policy Forum. He was so kind and generous with his time and always had thoughtful insights. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Sharyl Nass
August 5, 2016
I am so sorry to see this. Greg was a wonderful, kind clever gentleman who helped so many people.
Alison Armour
August 4, 2016
Simply put - one of the good guys in life. He loved his family, made everyone around him better and was the best example of what an intelligent, kind, thoughtful person with a sense of humor can do to help everyone around him. Always more than a "colleague" ..hard to believe and my sympathies to his family..
Judith Ochs
August 4, 2016
I worked with Greg for 10 years, while at AZ. He was a great colleague and mentor, but most of all, he was a wonderful and kind person. I have very fond memories of him. Suzanne and Katie, I am sorry for your loss.
Juliane Juergensmeier
August 4, 2016
Cindy Lancaster
August 4, 2016
I offer my condolences to Greg's family and with great sympathy, I also hope you find peace and comfort from your memories of Greg. I worked with Greg at AstraZeneca for many years and I learned a great deal from Greg about drug development and collaboration over the years. I have many good memories of working with Greg and immensely miss that collaboration. I light a candle for his family and to honor his life.
Cindy Lancaster
August 4, 2016
Suzanne and Katie,
I am so sorry for Greg's passing. He was a wonderful, warm and brilliant man. I will cherish our friendship and always think fondly about the time I had with him
-Paul Eder
Paul Eder
August 4, 2016
I met Greg as we were 22-year-old first year medical students at the University of Rochester. We quickly became friends and apartment mates as we shared the challenges and thrills of imaging ourselves in the medical profession. He was brilliant, possessed a photographic memory and was keen to recite literary passages as well as medical text. I'm certain his Providence College professors would have particularly appreciated his brilliance in biochemistry. He charmed friends professors and patient's alike with his quick (quirky) wit. We attended each other's weddings and kept in touch as we realized are dreams in both patient care and research. 22 months ago I had the pleasure of hosting Greg and his daughter Katie while they visited colleges. We shared a perfect Sunday night dinner and saw Greg's true joy and pride in Katie.. Their father-daughter banter demonstrated an unbounded love. All father's would dream to enjoy such a mutual level of love and respect from a 17-year-old daughter. Clearly beyond his many successes he had mastered the art of being husband and father. He saw his legacy within Katie. His professional expertise lives on in his students, patient's and colleagues. We were all blessed to know him. Isabel and I send our love to Suzanne, Katie, Greg's mother, brother, and sister. I have enjoyed reading notes from those who worked professionally with Greg. Good God, You all got him!
Michael Schneider MD
August 4, 2016
I worked with Greg at NCI during his last year; He was kind, big hearted and hysterically funny. There is a big hole in my heart. My deepest sympathy to the loves of his life, Suzanne and Katie.
Catherine Lyons
August 4, 2016
Katie and Sue, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I had the privilege of working with Greg at AZ. He was brilliant, compassionate and funny. He was a truly dynamic person and he will be missed but fondly remembered.
Kim Torrens
August 4, 2016
Greg was such a nice, kind and respected colleague when I was at AZ. He will be greatly missed and I am thinking of his family at this time.
Elizabeth Anderson
August 4, 2016
Heartbroken to hear this news- Greg and I worked closely together for almost 10 years at AZ and we were always aligned! He was a mentor, a friend, and will be deeply missed.
Jeff Brown
August 4, 2016
I remember visiting NCI with Greg about a year after he joined AstraZeneca. I was amazed to find that they hadn't removed his NCI access card and impressed that everyone in the corridors knew him and were obviously delighted to see him. Later, I found that this wasn't so surprising, as he was always enthusiastic, supportive and keen to talk about new scientific ideas (and plenty of other things, such as plans for activities with Katie). I feel that I learned a lot about collaborative research from him and was enthused by him.

My sincere condolences to all his family.
Chris Wilks
August 3, 2016
Greg was a kind and caring AZ colleague. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Ellen Quimby
August 3, 2016
I am so sorry to hear this news. We have lost a great man and gifted physician. His dedication to science and patients is a path we should all aim to follow. He set the standard. My deepest regards to his family.
Jean Sowa
August 3, 2016
Greg was a colleague when he joined AZ following his career at the NCI. Greg was a terrific person to be around, always with a smile and a good story that kept people captivated. He was very selfless and eager to help people in need, especially when they faced medical issues. I asked Greg if he would be willing to advise a friend who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was looking for someone to talk to about the diagnosis. Greg of course accepted, and not only gave the requested consul but leveraged his connections to get them into the care of a leading oncologist who likely was responsible for saving their life. I feel privileged to have known Greg.
Chris Veale
August 3, 2016
Greg was one of most kind and gentle people that I've known and it was a privilege to work with him at AstraZeneca. He didn't know a stranger and had a great sense of humor. He will be sorely missed.
My sincerest condolences.
Renee Wible
August 3, 2016
I worked with Greg for 8 years at Astra Zeneca, and was honored by both his friendship and collegiality. My thoughts and sympathy to Sue and Katie and family at this terrible loss.
John Merrill
August 3, 2016
Greg was a kind and good-hearted soul that people loved to be around. He gave us hope. He gave us science and a love for science, and he was a fantastic physician. How we will miss him. One of my favorite lines he made to a newspaper reporter about a highly controversial medicine was: "I wouldn't give it to a dog." We cherish you Curt always-Francis Xavier Mahaney, Jr.
Frank Mahaney
August 3, 2016
So Sorry for your loss. I had the privlege of working with Dr. Curt at AstraZeneca. He helped me learn so much in the world of Oncology and he always had a joke to tell. Katie - he always talked so highly of you and always told us how much he loved his daughter. I am lucky to have worked with him for a few years.

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family at this time.
Bouchra Rucker
August 3, 2016
Greg and I worked together over the last couple of years to promote collaborative clinical research in oncology. He was very knowledgeable, generous with that knowledge, collaborative and an all-round good guy. I remember how thrilled he was to spend time with his daughter on a break from college earlier this year. My heartfelt condolences to Greg's family and friends....he will be sorely missed by all of us here at AZ, but will continue to be an exemplary example of a life well lived.
Esha Gangolli
August 3, 2016
God rest his soul. He was a cheerful man who enjoyed good food, good wine and good conversation. And the obituary didn't even mention all the harpsicords he built! We enjoyed many enjoyable dinners with them. And at our last dinner at their home several years ago, Greg was very kind to our special needs son, to whom he gave a Star Trek tie, which our son still treasures to this day. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.
Barbara Edwards
August 3, 2016
Greg took over my administrative role when I retired from AstraZeneca. He was one of the nicest people that I have ever met. It was a privilege to have known him. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Pete Douglass
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