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David Harry Curl

David H. Curl, of Kalamazoo, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the age of 88. David was born on June 2, 1932 in Columbus, OH. He was the son of John and Florence Curl. David was an alumnus of Ohio University and Indiana University, taught photography and graphic arts at Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and had been a photographer, media producer, author, editor, and publisher. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force and served with the U.S Agency for International Development and the National Park Service. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ardyce; also his former wife Dorothy Goodwin; daughter: Laura (James) Armstrong; son: Steven (Sara) Curl; two granddaughters: Dorothy and Philippa Armstrong; stepson: Bruce (Paul Winberg) Czuchna; and two stepdaughters: Marcia (Randall) Stoppenhagen; Jodi (Matthew) Milks; and two step grandsons: Mitchell and Mason Milks; step granddaughter: Sarah (Matt) Stoppenhagen Kittleson; two step great grandchildren: Koen, and Audrie Kittleson. David has been cremated and no services are planned at this time. While at David's webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign the guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. The Curl family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 269-679-5622.

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Such fond memories of Dave... I met him as a student in his WMU class where he introduced me to the the joys of the of art of photography. Im ever so grateful for his hiring me in my senior year as an illustrator for his educational media company which set me on a path in that field. May God bless Davids family with rich memories together... :pray::skin-tone-2:

Laurie Lyndberg Towner Apr 6 2021 12:17 AM

"good eye for"

evie davidson Feb 14 2021 2:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of David Curl

evie davidson Feb 14 2021 2:38 PM

I was privileged to be a student in one of Daves Photography classes while pursuing a Masters Degree at WMU in the mid-1970s.

John McLellan Aug 16 2020 11:19 AM

Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of David Harry Curl.

Aug 13 2020 10:57 AM

It was my privilege and pleasure to share many functions at People's Church with David. I remember so well the Photo Montages he prepared with Roger Greeley. He prepared a photo history for my own passing. With so many deaths of old-timers and friends from People's I feel more and more like "Last Man Standing". "We loved you living and we love you now." Alan Parcells

Alan Parcells Aug 11 2020 1:16 PM

To David's family, When my husband, George, died in 2002, I had lots of photos I wanted to share with family and friends at his memorial service. David graciously organized them, with musical accompaniment into a beautiful walk through a well-lived life. I was touched and grateful for Dave's outstanding skill and sensitivity to our wishes. I will miss chatting with Dave at church on Sunday mornings and hope to continue to see his collection of personal photos from time to time in the years to come. I send love to you all. Mary Lewis

Mary Lewis Aug 10 2020 2:22 PM

I met Dave Curl in 1973 , in a photography class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. It was my first real photo class and Dave wasted no time revealing the mysteries of historically influential photographers like Adams, Arbus, Steichen, Lange, Cunningham and Harry Callahan, being sure to include his own viewpoint and enthusiasms of each artists. I sat spellbound by his insights and only hoped that I could measure up to his high bar of aesthetic criticism. In class he was always positive and encouraging, but also direct and clear in his expectations, which was a beautiful combination of being helpful and demanding, just enough intellectual push to motivate you to progress. When I wanted to have my first one-person show, and clearly was not artistically ready nor was my work, he gently inquired why I was in such a rush to show, and then didnt scold me once the work was hung and his concern was glaringly shown to be true. Over the last 40+ years we saw each other occasionally, shared current projects and travel plans and reminded each other why we became so interested in the photographic medium and the ways it could express our emotions. What a beautiful spirit, full of curiosity and depth, always revealed in a quiet wisdom, exemplified in his soft vocal tone and encouraging and supportive eyes. My 30+ year career teaching photography and film at KVCC could not have had a better fundamental beginning nor I a better mentor than Dave. Just loved him. Dave Posther

Dave Posther Aug 9 2020 5:34 PM

I first got to know Dave when I was working as editor of ACARefleXions which is sent to crystallographers all over the world. Dave helped me whenever I used photographs. He used his expertise to guide me. His son Steve was a high school friend of my son, also named Steve and Steve Curl is an artist in town who has amazing creations out of things anyone else would consider junk.I treasure a photo (by Dave Curl, naturally) of Steve at work in his room surrounded by what LOOKS like junk but is actually his working material. All three of my children, now grown up and living in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Arizona have Steve Curl creations and appreciate them. My sympathy to Ardyce and Dave's extended family, Connie Rajnak

Connie Rajnak Aug 9 2020 11:50 AM

I found out as we do these days when David's son Steve posted to Facebook. I will never forget the LARP battles my friends and I had at the tree farm hosted by Steve and his family. David Curl was a gentleman and a scholar, and I am proud to have known him. He was certainly gentlemanly about some of the shenanigans that Steve and I got up to. Steve is amazing person for many reasons and due to the influence of many people but a great deal of that greatness is due to Col. David Curl. He will be missed.

Christopher Tower Aug 7 2020 10:57 PM

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