Interview, John Curran

July 12, 2018

John Curran was born in Rochester, New York, in 1948 and was raised in the area by his mother and father, who were both from Rochester. His father was a funeral director and was also involved in banking; his mother was a stay-at-home parent and was involved in community service work. Curran attended local Catholic schools and graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School. He attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, where he earned a master’s degree in science education. After graduating, he taught in Louisiana for a year before returning to Rochester, where he decided to pursue a career in special education. Curran worked in the Rochester City School District for over thirty years.

In this interview John Curran discusses the numerous community projects he has been involved with in Rochester, at Saint Monica’s Church, and with the Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood Association. He explains his family’s history in the Rochester area, his interest in the southwest section of the city, and his time as a teacher in Rochester. He also discusses the history of Rochester, his experiences growing up and living in the city, and the current state of the city.

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