From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Timothy Curry '86

Date of birth: October 26, 1963

Date of death: March 10, 1999

Age: 35

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From Philly.com on March 15, 1999:

South Jersey wrestling fans are mourning the death of one of the area's finest athletes.

Tim Curry, a 1982 graduate of Paul VI, died in a jet fighter crash in Alaska during a Marine Corps exercise early Thursday morning.

Curry, 35, flew in 40 combat missions in the Persian Gulf War and was a former Marine top-gun flight instructor.

In 1982, Curry was crowned the 188-pound state champion. He compiled a 95-11-2 record during his wrestling career, played quarterback on the Eagles' 11-0 championship team in 1981, and was the school's student body president. He was elected to the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1988.

"Tim was a very special person who you could see early on was destined for greatness," said Camden Catholic coach Gary Papa, who coached Curry at Paul VI. "It's like his father [Donald] said: Tim was the all-American kid."

Curry was Papa's first state champion at Paul VI and the backbone of a program that improved from 3-14 in his freshman season to a 17-2 mark and a state Parochial A title in 1982.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1986

Timothy is one of 8 members of the Class of 1986 on Virtual Memorial Hall.