Doris Curry celebrates 100th birthday

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Family and friends celebrated the 100th birthday of Doris Hall Evans Curry at the Hill House Kaufman Center on May 25. She was born into a well-known Pittsburgh family, the first of 12 children to Marguerite and Sellers Hall. She graduated from Schenley High School in 1930.

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LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE BIRTHDAYS—100 year-old Doris Hall Evans Curry is still very active. (Photos by Gail Manker)

She worked as a stenographer for the executives at the Centre Avenue YWCA and later as a secretary in the City County Building while pursuing her dream of becoming an English teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1935.

Her dream of becoming an English teacher was squashed because she was told, It was not possible for a “colored” person to teach English in the Pittsburgh Public Schools at that time.  She continued to work in secretarial positions.

She became the first Black female manager with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority, serving several communities.  In this position, she was able to interact and make important housing decisions, which would benefit many people in those areas.

After 35 years, she retired in 1979. She was married twice,  Robert Evans, and William Curry, both husbands are deceased, as is her only child, but she has grandchildren and great children, and other relatives from her deceased 11 brothers and sisters.

“Doris, you have inspired us with your intelligence; your computer skills; your incomparable discipline, and your loving, peaceful, caring, and lady-like mannerisms,” said the family.

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SURROUNDED BY FAMILY—The family of Doris Hall Evans Curry, seated in the middle wearing purple, gathers around her.

 

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