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John J. Curran, 59, Of Weston, Business Commentator NBC News

WESTON, Conn. - John J. Curran of Weston died Friday, July 5. He was 59.

Curran was born Nov. 21, 1953, to John Francis and Catherine Curran of White Plains. He graduated from Bard College in 1975 with a degree in languages and literature. He was former editor of Mutual Funds Magazine and a veteran financial journalist at Fortune, NBC, and Bloomberg,

Curran began his journalism career at The Wall Street Transcript, but spent much of his working life at Fortune as an executive editor, he ran the magazine’s investing coverage and was responsible for producing its special guides to investing and retirement. In 1998, he left Fortune to become editor of Mutual Funds Magazine, which, like Fortune, was published by Time Inc. until it closed in 2003. For 10 years, in addition to his magazine editing jobs, he was a business commentator on the NBC News at Sunrise program. Most recently, he had worked as news director at

In addition to investing coverage, Curran wrote and edited on the subject of international economics, and for that he received an Overseas Press Club award in 1988 for his coverage of Japan. In 2001 he received a Time Inc. Luce Award for commissioning and publishing a story on the threat of global terrorism coming to America’s shores—six months before the 9/11 attack.

Curran is survived by his widow, Joan; and children, Alissa, Alexandra, Joanna, and John Richard Curran.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 35 Norfield Road, Weston, CT 06883.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University, 5801 Smith Avenue, McAuley Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21209-3652 or online at .

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