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Dr. Samuel M. Curtis, Professor Emeritus, Passes

Posted: March 28, 2014

Dr. Samuel M. Curtis, 81, professor emeritus of agricultural education and former department head of agricultural education and northeast regional director of Penn State Cooperative Extension died Monday, March 24, 2014 at his residence.

With deep sadness, we inform you of the passing of Dr. Samuel M. Curtis, professor emeritus and former head of Penn State’s department of agricultural and extension education. A brief information on Dr. Curtis and funeral arrangements are provided below. 
 
Dr. Samuel M. Curtis, 81, professor emeritus of agricultural education and former department head of agricultural education and northeast regional director of Penn State Cooperative Extension died Monday, March 24, 2014 at his residence. 
 
Dr. Curtis started his career as a teacher of agriculture in Middleburg High School in Snyder County from 1954 to 1964, he joined Penn State's department of agricultural and extension education, serving as department head from 1980 to 1990. Curtis received the Honorary American Farmer Degree from the National FFA in 1988 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Farm Cooperatives in 1990. He was northeast regional director for Penn State Extension from 1990 until he suffered a stroke in 1995. His wife, Joan, was a regional director and trainer for the American Cancer Society until her retirement in 1994; she died in December 2004. Dr. Curtis is survived by three sons and one daughter. 
 
Calling hours 10-12 noon, Friday, March 28, 2014 Koch Funeral Home, 2401 South Atherton Street, State College; funeral service 2:00 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 250 East College Avenue, State College, with the Reverend G. Edwin Zeiders officiating; burial, Sterling Cemetery, Sterling, PA. Arrangements by Koch Funeral Home, 2401 South Atherton Street, State College. On-line condolences and signing of guest book, www.kochfuneralhome.com