Ph.D., Ohio State University
Areas of Expertise
Office Phone:(561) 297-3840
7 October 1935 - 4 December 2010
It is with great sadness that the History Department announces the death of Dr. Donald W. Curl on 4 December, 2010 . Dr. Curl received his Ph.D from the Ohio State in 1964 and came to FAU that very year as a member of the original faculty at FAU. He specialized in Florida History with an emphasis on local and architectural themes. He was actively involved with various historical and preservation organizations and served on the boards of the Florida Historical Society, the Historical Society of Palm Beach, the Boca Raton Historical Society, the Palm Beach County and Boca Raton Preservation Boards, the Palm Beach Landmarks Commission, and was a member of the Florida National Register Review Board.
An accomplished scholar in Florida history, Dr. Curl authored several books, articles and book chapters during his career at FAU, including a history of FAU, which appeared in 2000. He received high praise for his scholarship: h is editing of Pioneer Life in Southwest Florida was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the American Association for State and Local History and his book, Mizner's Florida: American Resort Architecture received the Rembert Patrick prize for the best book in Florida history for 1984. In 1996 he was given the American Association for State and Local History's Award of Merit for dedication to the field of Florida history.
Dr. Curl was a remarkable scholar, teacher, colleague, mentor and friend. He will be sorely missed.