RONALD CURRY (USA, Maryland, Middle River b. 1943 / act: Athens)
Ronald N. Curry was born on 8 March 1943 in Maryland, where his parents worked during the Second World War, but was raised and educated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961.
Ron, as he prefers to be called, originally came to Greece in 1963 with the U.S. Navy Seabees, met and married his Greek wife, Angeliki in 1965, and took her with him to Northern Ireland the same year. During his Navy career, Ron served in Europe and Vietnam with the Seabees, as a shipboard Engineering Officer, a Human Resources Specialist/Educator, and an Information Systems developer and manager. Also during his Navy career, Ron spent a 5 year period at The University of Kansas where he earned degrees in both Physics and Engineering, developed a mathematics text for the National Science Foundation, and was sponsored by NASA for graduate school and an extended research project.
Shortly after his retirement from the Navy in 1981, Ron and his family returned to Greece, where he dabbled in business for a few years before re-entering the academic environment with the European Division of The University of Maryland, and later with the British Open University, where he taught Mathematics, Physics and General Science, and Information Sciences for fifteen years. Ron's teaching assignments took him to a myriad of locations throughout Europe, Iceland, and the Middle East.
"A lifetime of changes, and the guidance of generous mentors", Ron says, "has shaped the person I am today. I consider myself to be fundamentally an educator and a communicator, and; although I often use unorthodox methods and devices in order to communicate a message, and; although some of those methods and devices have been called artistic; I cannot think of myself as an artist in the conventional sense. Throughout my teaching career, and regardless of the subject at hand, my goal has always been to cultivate reasoning skills in my students. I'd much prefer that my audience apply those skills to fully grasp my message rather than simply admiring the aesthetics of a device that I created to communicate the message."
Ron now lives with his 'Angel', in a suburb of Athens named - of all things - Paradise. He is President of the United States Military Retiree Association Greece; a charter member of the Greek affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, and; is the progenitor of the Veterans History Project Greece: a partnership between the United States Library of Congress and the American College of Greece.