Raymond G. Curry, Jr., age 90, passed away on September 15, 2021 in Alexandria, VA. He was born at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. Ray graduated from Washington-Lee High School and earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1954. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Okinawa. After working for his father’s high-rise construction business, Ray left in 1970 to form SMC Concrete Construction, Inc. During his 50-year career, he worked on more than 300 high-rise projects and some of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic buildings, including the Watergate Complex, Market Square, and the Tysons Corner Shopping Mall. In the 1980s, he founded Curry Development, Inc., focusing on office, residential, retail and industrial markets. He also acted as a consultant to Aeromaritime Ltd. on projects in Saudi Arabia. In addition to his real estate interests, Ray served as Chairman and President of the Bank of Alexandria in the 1990s. During his tenure, he assisted in growing the bank and negotiated its sale to F&M Bank.
Ray was a dedicated supporter of Virginia Tech and a lifelong fan of their football team. He served two terms on the Alumni Board of the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. In 2007, Ray was inducted into the Department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni, and in 2012, he was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Excellence.
Ray was an active supporter of numerous civic organizations and charitable causes throughout Alexandria. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and Belle Haven Country Club, where he served two terms on the Board.
Ray was happiest when surrounded by his family. He is survived by Madelyn, his wife of 52 years; his four daughters, Shannon Somerville, Allison McVay (Brian), Cristin De Silva (Asi), Meaghan Curry (Anthony); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd, at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 23rd, 1 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raymond and Madelyn Curry Graduate Fellowship at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, https://give.vt.edu/ways-to-give.html
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