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8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd #133, Beaverton OR is my personal genealogy hobby site. The data contained here has been gathered through 20 years of genealogy. It contains everyone I know who are connected to European Royalty or Nobility. Some small part of it is my original research, but most of it has been generously shared with me!

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Family Sheet
Name: Thomas Kirk Cureton Note Born: 1 Aug 1901 at Fernandina, Florida Married: 1925 Died: 18 Dec 1992 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana, Illinois Other Spouses: Portia Miller
Father: Thomas Kirk Cureton Mother: Annie Dozier Jeffreys
Name: Isabelle Jeffcott Born: Abt 1905 Died:
Name: Elizabeth Belle Cureton Born: (suppressed / living) Died: Husband: ?? Shadley
1). T. K., Cureton Fitness Aut hority, Dies URBANA Thomas Kirk Cureton Jr., 91, of 402 Scovill, U, di ed at 9 45 p.m. Friday Dec. 18, 1992 at the Champaign Cou nty Nursing Home, Urbana. A memorial service will be held at 1 30 p.m. Tuesday a t the First Presbyterian Church, Urbana, the Rev. Donald Ma son and the Rev. Ann Burger officiating. A private burial w ill be held in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will follow th e service in the church parlor. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Renner Wi Chapel Urbana. Mr. Cureton was born Aug. 1, 1901, at Fernandina, Fla., th e son of Thomas Kirk and Annie Jeffreys Cureton. He marrie d Portia Miller Cureton on June 26, 1941, at Orange, N.J. S he survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Elizabeth Coker of Tucson , Ariz. two sons, Kirk Cureton of Athens, Ga., and Richar d Cureton of Ann Arbor, Mich. seven grandchildren and tw o great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three si sters. Mr. Cureton, an internationally renowned pioneer in th e field of physical fitness since 1930, was often referre d to as the father of physical fitness. He received a bachelor s degree in electrical engineerin g from Yale University, a master of science degree from Spr ingfield College and a doctorate of philosophy from Columbi a University. After teaching 10 years at Springfield College, he cam e to the University of Illinois in 1941. There he develope d the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory in the Departmen t of Physical Education. A speaker, researcher, author and vigorous participant i n fitness activities, Mr. Cureton substantially contribute d to the understanding of the physical dimension of the hum an being. He developed methods of testing motor fitness, ap praising human physique, cardiovascular fitness and aquati c performance. In the local community, Mr. Cureton ryas best known for hi s development of the Sports Fitness School for Boys. Mr. Cureton served on the President s Council for Physic al Fitness under five presidents. He traveled extensively , holding clinics to demonstrate the importance of exercis e to be healthy. He was the author and co author of 40 book s and numerous articles. In 1987, he was awarded the Illinois Governor s Senior L eadership Award for Health and Physical Fitness. He held 1 4 world records in US. master swimming and numerous other m edals for swimming and cross country running at local, state and regional levels. Mr. Cureton was research director for the National YMC A Aquatic Congress for 25 years and was cited by the Americ an Association for Advancement of Science, the U.S. Armed F orces, the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Ai r Force Headquarters Command to NASA. He held two honorar y de grees In 1980, he was inducted into the Internationa l Swimming Hall of Fame at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and in 19 86 he was featured in the magazine Over Fifty as Swimmer o f the Year. Mr. Cureton was a member of the First Presbyterian Churc h of Urbana, the Exchange Club and the Torch Club. Dr. King McCristal of Champaign, dean emeritus of the UI s former College of Physical Education, knew Mr. Cureton f or more than 30 years. He described his former colleague a s a dynamic man who went out of his way to help people. He was a very pleasant person to know, said McCristal. H e was the leading exponent of fitness among humans in the U nited States, McCristal added. The people who worked in h is laboratory as graduate assistants usually wound up wit h their Ph.D.s in exercise science, and went out as directo rs of laboratories all over the United States and Canada. I n fact, looking at a listing of those laboratories, at leas t 50 percent of the directors around the United States an d Canada came out of Dr. Cureton s program.

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