Cornelius B. Curtin, 79, pharmaceutical salesman

May 01, 2002

Cornelius B. Curtin, a retired pharmaceutical salesman, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 79.

Mr. Curtin, who had lived in Northwood and Towson for many years, was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., where he graduated from Aquinas Institute in 1940.

Enlisting in the Army at the start of World War II, Mr. Curtin served with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers in Europe as a bridge builder and attained the rank of corporal.

He returned to Rochester in 1945, and headed the Curtin Insurance Co. there. In 1957, he moved to Baltimore and worked as a salesman for several pharmaceutical companies. He retired in 1975 from Ives Laboratories, a division of American Home Products.

In 1950, Mr. Curtin married Adrian Hughes, who died in 1987.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas H. Curtin and David A. Curtin, both of Baltimore, and John B. Curtin of Philadelphia; three daughters, Anna W. Curtin-Osterhart of Columbus, Ohio, Mary E. McGrath of Bel Air and Josephine L. Miller of Baltimore; a brother, Jack Curtin of Rochester; and 12 grandchildren. Another son, Cornelius J. Curtin, died in 1994.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

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