Dr. Virginia (Anderson) Curry passed away Thursday, Sept. 15 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, OR. at the age of 78. A remembrance service was planned September 25 at her son's home near Dallas, TX.
Dr. Currey was born May 6, 1927 at Gowrie to Paul and Mabel Anderson and graduated from Gowrie High School in 1944. She earned a bachelors degree in political science at the University of Iowa in 1958, a masters in international affairs at Columbia U. in 1950, and a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1968. She served two years with the CIA in Washington, D.C. as a Mideast specialist.
During those educational years she studied under a Fulbright scholarship at Ankara U. in Turkey, also learning to speak Russian, French and Turkish languages. While overseas she met and married Don Currey, a diplomatic courier for the U.S. State Department in 1954. He later suffered from Hodgkins disease and passed away in 1964.
They had returned to Dallas where he joined the family oil business. Their three children were born in Texas and she taught at the University of Texas - Arlington and Southern Methodist U., with the latter from 1964 to retirement.
Dr. Currey was active in Democratic state politics and was a delegate to the state conventions for two decades and held various positions in her political activism. She was elected to the Texas State Board of Education for a six year term.
She was a strong supporter and activist for women's rights and fought discrimination based on sex and race as a member and founder of various women's pressure groups. She was a frequent invited guest commentator on area media on politics, education and women's issues.
She received the NOW "Woman of the Month" award and "Friend of Freedom" award. She received a "Wonder Woman" recognition by the Wonder Woman Foundation in 1982.
She is survived by her married children: Donald, Dallas, Texas, Amy, in Eugene, Oregon and Ellen in Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren; brother John B. Anderson, Storm Lake; and sister Margaret Paulos, Davenport; as well as several nieces and nephews and many friends and associates at SMU.
She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, her parents, a brother and two sisters.