Runner Was Mit Student

N.c. Native Died During The Baltimore Marathon Saturday

October 13, 2009|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,dick.irwin@baltsun.com

A 23-year-old man who collapsed and died Saturday during the Baltimore Marathon was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Boston Globe and The Daily Princetonian reported Monday.

Peter Norman Curtin, a native of Wilmington, N.C., was among some 20,000 runners Saturday when he collapsed about 11:20 a.m. near the 25-mile marker on Guilford Avenue and near the course's last medical station. He was taken by a private ambulance to Union Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 1:11 p.m. Debra Schindler, a hospital spokeswoman, said Curtin never regained consciousness. A source said Curtin's temperature was 107 degrees when he arrived at the hospital.

The cause of Curtin's death has not been determined by the state medical examiner's office, she said.

Lee Corrigan, the event organizer, said the race had seven medical stations along the route that were staffed by roughly 250 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. "We are heartbroken about it, and it puts a sad note on an otherwise great day for Baltimore," Corrigan said.

A memorial service for Curtin will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Oct. 25.

Curtin, who graduated from Princeton University in 2008, was an MIT graduate student in inorganic chemistry and was in his second year in the research group of Daniel Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus professor of energy and professor of chemistry, and was recently selected to receive a national defense science and engineering graduate fellowship, said Marc Kastner, dean of the School of Science at MIT. "Peter was a gifted member of the MIT community, and our thoughts are now with his family," Kastner said in a news release from MIT.

At Princeton, Curtin was a concentrator in the chemistry department and also received a certificate in applications of computing.

According to The Daily Princetonian, Curtin's research at Princeton focused on the photogeneration of hydrogen from water. He won the Global Photonic Corp. Edith and Martin B. Stein Solar Energy Award, for "excellence in leadership and innovation in research that significantly advances the field of global renewable energy resources."

A goalie for Princeton's men's club lacrosse team and a member of Tiger Inn, Curtin is the son of Michael Curtin, a 1973 Princeton graduate.

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