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John Bernard Curan ’53

Published in Oct. 6, 2004, issue

Though in poor health, John was determined to attend our 50th reunion in 2003. Accompanied and supported by daughter Susan, brother Michael '58, niece Catherine '92, and grandson Christopher, he did. He died May 3, 2004, at home in Seven Valleys, Pa., surrounded by family.

John had bounced back time and time again from ailments so serious that Susan said he fondly was nicknamed "Lazarus." At Princeton he was called "Big John." He played freshman football and captained the JV team that won the "little Big Three" title. He belonged to Tiger Inn and was one of our few married classmates at the time, having wed Margaret Kain, who survives him, in 1950.

He came from Brooklyn's Manual Training High School and spent his career as a labor-union official helping protect working wage earners. Management and unions respected John for settling disputes and writing fair contracts. His ability to organize new locals was widely known.

Besides family mentioned above, John is survived by children Michael Sicuranza, Robert Curan, and Marianne Curan-Goen; siblings Alfred Sicuranza, Victor Sicuranza, Kathleen Burkett, and Annmarie Lowe; and seven grandchildren. His love of Princeton and football there was evidenced by the picture of him in his uniform at his wake. We offer our respects to his family and friends.

The Class of 1953

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