Retired Navy Captain Ned Bigelow Curtis, 58, a medical service corps officer who was severely wounded in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, died of a heart attack Tuesday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
He had been attached to the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery here for 10 years before his retirement in 1972.
Capt. Curtis was born in Flint, Mich. He enlisted in the Navy in 1937. He was aboard the battleship, the U.S.S. Nevada, when it was strafed and set on fire by the Japanese.
He suffered severe burns and was hospitalized in Honolulu for several months but returned to active duty. Later in the war, while serving in the Pacific aboard the destroyer, the U.S.S. McGowan, he was commissioned an ensign. He also was awarded the Navy Cross "for heroism beyond the call of duty" during the Pearl Harbor attack.
After the war, Capt. Curtis was assigned to the medical service corps at Great Lakes, Ill. During that period, he earned a degree in hospital administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He also attended the Naval War College at Newport, R.I.
Capt. Curtis was an administrative officer of the Naval Hospital in Annapolis before coming here.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and his mother, Pauline Bigelow, both of the home in Kensington, and a daughter, LaVonne Curtis, of Silver Spring.