Thomas J. Curry Ph.D.

27 July, 194220 March, 2020

Thomas J. Curry, Ph.D., age 77, of Swansea, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 20, 2020 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Carolyn E. (Sullivan) Curry to whom he has been married for the past 55 years.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late Raymond F. and Olympia M. (Conforti) Curry, he lived in Somerset for many years before moving to Swansea.

He was a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1960. An Electrical Engineer, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from UMASS Dartmouth, his Master’s Degree from Worcester Polytechnical Institute and his Doctorate Degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate in Manufacturing in the Corporate State from Harvard University.

He began his career at the Naval Underwater System Center in Newport, RI. During this time, he was selected as the first Naval Science Advisor to the Admiral of the Submarine Force Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Upon returning from Hawaii with his family he joined Gould Ocean Systems Division as Director of Research and Engineering and led all research efforts in small underwater vehicle guidance and control. In 1983 he became a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass Dartmouth. He was the Provost Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the Dean of the College of Engineering, and before retiring in 2006, the Director of the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center at the UMass Dartmouth Campus in Dartmouth, Ma.

Dr. Curry was a communicant of St. Louis de France Parish, a member of the Atlantis Charter School Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the F.R.O.E.D. He was mentioned in the book “Cream of the Crop” written by John Cummings as one of many accomplished Fall River natives.

Musically talented, he played many instruments including the guitar, organ, accordion and most recently the Ukulele. A lover of photography, cooking, gardening, traveling; he most enjoyed spending time with his daughters, grandchildren and his beloved wife Carolyn. He lived his life to the fullest.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Curry Beaulieu and her husband James Beaulieu of Somerset, Kelly DiGiammo and her husband Andrew of Assonet, Kristin Curry of Somerset; eight grandchildren, Molly, Amy, Benjamin, Annie, Andrew, Alex, Ava and Galen and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Raymond J. Curry.

Private services are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home at Rose E. Sullivan, 866 County St., Somerset. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Fly Foundation, 550 Locust St., Fall River, MA 02720.


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Robert McGown

3 April 2020

I have been friends with Tom and Carolyn for almost 50 years. We initially became friends when I was a priest at St. Patrick’s parish in Somerset for about three years, We have maintained our friendship ever since then. Carol, Kathy, Kelly and Kristen, I am really sorry about the pain that you are experiencing related to Tom’s death. He was such a great guy – a loving and devoted husband, dad, grandfather and a very good friend. My wife, Robin, and I are sending our love. If there is anything that we can do to help relieve some of your pain, please let us know. - Bob McGowan

Nancy& Mark Shorrock

30 March 2020

Dear Carolyn and family, we are so very sorry for your loss, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, with love Nancy and Mark

Sharon Zompa

26 March 2020

Dear Carolyn and family, please accept my deepest condolences. I know Tom was a very special man, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

thomas mulvey

25 March 2020

To the Curry family, my sincere condolences on the passing of Tom. I worked with him for several years in the administration at UMD. He was a credit to his engineering profession and dedicated to his work. May he rest in peace.

Jack Sbrega

25 March 2020

My Wife, Jo-Anne, and I send our deepest sympathy to Tom's Family, Loved Ones, and many friends. I knew and worked with Tom as a colleague in education while I was president of BCC. Tom was a strong advocate for students, faculty, staff, and everyone involved in the educational process. Tom was a true gentleman, and I greatly admired him. He will be sorely missed.

Jack Sbrega
President Emeritus
Bristol Community College

Rochelle Kieron

25 March 2020

Both Matt & I are very sorry.

I remember Tom from Davis School; and Matt , from Durfee Tech.

We both liked and admired Tom.


Professor Helen LaFrancois

24 March 2020

Tom was an outstanding Professor and a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family

Juli Parker

24 March 2020

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was very supportive of my work running the Women's Center, even though he often balked at some of the events and programs we ran! A sudden loss like this is never easy. Take good care. Juli Parker

Gerard Koot

24 March 2020

Please accept my condolences at the passing of Thomas Curry.

I worked with Tom for many years as a faculty member at SMU and UMD. I was not in the College of Engineering but knew him as a excellent SMU and UMD citizen who cared deeply for our institution. On academic issues he was an advocate of academic excellence. He was willing to listen, debate and take seriously the views of all those who agreed or disagreed with him. He was one of the key people that made our university into an important educational and research center on the Southcoast and beyond.

Tina Bruen

24 March 2020

My profound condolences to the entire Curry family. I had the honor to work with Tom at UMass Dartmouth for a number of years. I found him a man of integrity, honest and devoted to the well being of the University community.


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