Memorial service set for Peter Curtin '08

Oct. 14, 2009 8:14 p.m.
Peter Curtin

Peter Curtin Photo: Courtesy of the Curtin family

A memorial service for Peter Curtin, a 2008 Princeton graduate who died Oct. 10 while running the Baltimore Marathon, is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Princeton University Chapel. A reception will follow.

Curtin earned an A.B. in chemistry with highest honors. He received multiple awards, including the Robert T. McCay Prize, the Malcolm H. Chisholm Inorganic Chemistry Prize and the GPEC Solar Energy Innovation Award and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. While at Princeton, he co-wrote a paper published in Chemistry -- A European Journal, and he is lead author of a paper based on his senior thesis that is scheduled for publication in Inorganic Chemistry.

He was a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. His research focused on the use of chemical sensors to assess how well chemotherapy drugs treat tumors.

Curtin is survived by his parents Michael, a member of Princeton's class of 1973, and Anne of Wilmington, N.C.; his brother Matthew; and his sister Alison.

His family has established the Peter N. Curtin, Class of 2008, Memorial Fund to support undergraduates in Princeton's Department of Chemistry. Donations in his memory may be made out to "Princeton University" with the note "Peter N. Curtin, Class of 2008, Memorial Fund" and mailed to Helen Hardy, Princeton University, Alumni and Donor Records, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543.