Robert W. Curran, Navy captain, dies at 83

November 5, 2013

Robert W. Curran, a retired Navy captain and veteran of two wars, died Oct. 21 at his home in Annandale. He was 83.

The cause was bladder cancer, said a son, Timothy Curran, an editor at The Washington Post.

Capt. Curran served nearly 30 years in the Navy before his final active-duty assignments, in 1979, on the staff of the chief of naval operations and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s strategic planning council. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was commanding officer of the destroyer USS Johnston during the Vietnam War in addition to in-country assignments in Vietnam establishing bases for operations along strategic waterways.

After his military retirement, he was an engineer for RCA and General Electric in the Washington area.

Robert Welch Curran was a native of Canton, Mass., and a 1952 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He received a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1972.

His military decorations included the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with combat “V” and the Bronze Star with combat “V.”

He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joanne Pratts Curran of Annandale; four children, Pamela Schaefer of Corrales, N.M., Jennifer O’Hare of Falls Church, Robert Curran of Carson, N.M., and Timothy Curran of Washington; a sister; a brother; and four grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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