Curtis B. Munson 88, a Washington native who was a veteran of both world wars and who had been a farmer and mining engineer in Canada before returning here in the late 1930s, died Monday at Georgetown University Hospital after a stroke.
Mr. Munson was reared in New York and Michigan. He was a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., and then went to Yale University, where he was a member of the Class of 1916. He left college to serve with the American Ambulance Service in France in World War I.
After this country entered the war, he flew for a time with the Lafayette Escadrille, which was started as a squadron of the French army manned by American volunteers. He later became an artllery officer in the U.S. Army.
After the war, Mr. Munson went to Alberta, Canada. He was a mining engineer, started his own coal mine and later acquired timber interests and a grain farm.
During World War II, Mr. Munson was a commander in Naval intelligence. He participated in American landings in Africa, at Sicily and Salerno in Italy, and at Omaha Beach in Normandy. In 1943, he was given a special Navy commendation for his work as part of the Navy advance party during the assault of Arzew, Algiers, in November 1942.
Since the war, Mr. Munson had remained active in business venturee in Canada. He maintained homes in Alberta and in Hobe Sound, Fla., as well as in Washington. His hobbies ranged from poetry to African big game hunting.
His marriage to the former Frances Hunter ended in divorce.
His second wife, the former Edith Cummings, was the national women's golf champion in 1923, the year in which they were married. In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters by his first marriage, Mrs. Edward Roberts of Wakefield, R.I., Marian Munson of Providence, R.I., and Mrs. Nicholas Calcagni of Texas; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.