Dr. Dolph L. Curb
joined his wife and son in Heaven on Monday, February 21, at the remarkable age of 100 years, 3 months and 22 days. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Howell Curb (2005) and his oldest son, David (1957). He was born on Oct. 30, 1910 in Ardmore, OK to Oscar Monroe Curb and Frances Metcalf Curb.
He is survived by his son, Richard D. Curb, and his wife, Anne, of Austin, his step grandson John Beck II of Lubbock, and by his niece Marjan Rembert of Houston, and niece Barbara L. Humberger, and her husband Gaylord, of Austin.
He lived a long and remarkable life. After graduating from high school in Kansas City, KS, he attended the University of TX at Austin. After only two years of undergraduate schooling he was accepted into the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, TX. He graduated Magnum Cum Laude from UTMB in 1934. He finished his internship at Galveston's John Sealy Hospital and his residency in gastroenterology from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He returned to UTMB and was appointed an Instructor and taught there until 1940, when he moved to Houston to begin his private practice.
There he was introduced to his future wife, Mary Howell, and they were married at South Main Baptist Church on Dec 6, 1941. When WWII broke out, he joined the US Army Medical Corps and was assigned to the 127th General Hospital that was being formed by UTMB. He went on active duty and joined his unit in Ft. Claiborne, LA in July 1942. He spent the next year as a Major raising his unit up to full strength and equipment. He took postgraduate training at Ohio State to become qualified to be Chief of Laboratory. He shipped out from Boston, MA in 1943 to Sommerset, England, where they planned for the Normandy Invasion. His unit crossed the English Channel shortly after D-Day, in June 1944. He was promoted to Lt.Colonel, and became Deputy Cdr of his Hospital unit. His unit moved several times in France, and at one point was so close to the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge, that they wondered if the German POWs they were keeping would turn on them and run for their own forces! They did not, and the 127th ended up on VE Day in Nancy, France, close to the German border. He was flown back to the US in October, 1945, and was Honorably Discharged on Feb 21, 1946.
He resumed his private practice, and started his family. His son, David, was born in 1947, and his second son, Richard, was born in 1950. In 1957, he and Mary lost their son, David, to a heart defect. That same year, he joined with 8 other physicians and formed the Diagnostic Clinic of Houston. In 1966, his group founded the Diagnostic Hospital. He saw patients at Memorial, Hermann, St. Luke's, and at Diagnostic Hospital. He was elected President of the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine in 1965.
Dolph and his family worshiped the Lord at South Main Baptist Church, where his two sons were baptized. He taught the Luke Sunday School class for medical students and their wives from 1958 to 1986. He served his church as a Deacon since 1957 and chaired many of its important committees. He enjoyed reading the Bible, and taking his family to their church sponsored camp in the Ozarks in the 50's and 60's. Their social life revolved around their church and family.
His final years were lived at University Place Nursing Center, from 2003, until his death. He found that many of their acquaintances from South Main also lived there. He was well looked after by his niece, Marjan Rembert, who was like a guardian angel. His son wishes to thank the staff of UPNC and his doctor, Robert F. Ezell MD, for the loving care his mom and dad received while living there.
His remains will be interred at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. A memorial service to honor Dolph's life will be held at South Main Baptist Church on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Published in Houston Chronicle on February 27, 2011
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