George Russell CURTIS Sr.
October 6, 1935 – March 16, 2021
George Russell Curtis, Sr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on Oct. 6, 1935. He was the first child of Dorothy Annalice Russell Curtis and George Curtis. At 15, he was accepted into Fisk University, an HBCU, graduating five years later. He then spent one year as a graduate student in physics at Purdue University, before an exciting internship at IBM in the burgeoning field of computers changed his professional direction. He married Patricia Walker and they moved to Seattle, Washington, where he became one of the first computer scientists at Boeing.
He spent several years building successful careers at Boeing and in General Electric’s Aerospace Division. In 1982, he started Woodside Summit Group (Summit). He grew Summit into a company employing over 200. The company did business in Northern and Southern California as well as Virginia. While successful himself, a reflection of Russell’s care for others was an employee ownership program, which allowed Summit employees to participate financially in the successes of Summit.
In 1992, he married Betty and they moved to Danville, California. As retirement grew closer, they purchased a home in Las Vegas, splitting time between their two homes until he fully retired.
Russell was an aficionado of jazz and particularly enjoyed John Coltrane, Chick Correa and Miles Davis. His hobbies included an interest in gold and gold mining; the bible and biblical history; and an abiding excitement and joy for technology and learning about it (albeit it also being a source of frustration in his later years).
Husband, father, grandfather and brother, George Russell lived a full life of love, care, and career success. He is deeply missed, survived by his sister, Dr. Nancy C. Curtis; he and Patricia’s grown children, Patrice Curtis, Russell Curtis, Jr. and Joseph Curtis; Russell and wife Anne-Marie's children Paige and Brooke; and Betty’s children and grandchildren, including Alexis and Star.