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‘Creighton Has Always Been Important to Me’

Family and Personal Experiences Lead to Estate Gift

Curry-sm.jpgOmaha certified public accountant Anthony “Tony” Curry, BSBA’81, MPA’83, finds that more than 30 years after his second graduation from Creighton, his ties to the University are stronger than ever.

In fact, he plans to make those ties perpetual by endowing scholarships through his estate that will forever help students in need come to Creighton.

“Creighton has always been important to me. I think it is one of the reasons I have had some success in life,” said Curry, who has been with Seim Johnson Sestak & Quist for more than 25 years. “I’m not an owner of the firm, I am just an employee; but I have been fairly successful, and I think part of my success is because of my Creighton education.”

Curry’s connections to his alma mater are deep and multifaceted. They reach back to his father, the late Donald Curry, BSC’51, who started the family legacy in the 1940s by taking the train from Massena, Iowa, to attend Creighton—majoring in business and later owning a bank. His father and his mother Dolores were also devoted Bluejay fans for decades, regularly attending men’s basketball games even though they lived more than an hour away.

Curry’s connection grew when his brother Pat Curry, BSBA’78, also majored in accounting at Creighton and his sister Mary K. Curry Morrow, BA’88, later followed her brothers.

“In Massena we always lived right across the street from the Catholic church, so the church was always important to our family. We would have the priest over for dinner, so when we came to Creighton, we viewed the Jesuits the same way,” Curry said.

While professors, classes, and friends were influential as he pursued his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, Curry said athletics also played a major role in his Creighton experience.

“My freshman year in Swanson Hall, I became friends with Kevin McKenna, BSBA'93, MS'98, and Dennis Rasmussen, ARTS'81, both Creighton Hall of Fame athletes. Kevin was a basketball player, and Dennis played both basketball and baseball. So my love for Creighton athletics began because I got to know all the basketball and baseball players.”

One of the highlights of those days was seeing future Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird play in his college days with Indiana State. “When I was a freshman and my brother was a senior, we beat Larry Bird three times that year. It was exciting seeing him play and beating them for the third time in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game at the Civic Auditorium.”

Curry is currently a supporter of Bluejay basketball, baseball, and soccer and often travels to away games.

He has decided to direct his estate gift among three scholarship funds. He first chose to provide additional funding to the scholarship his brother established in their parents’ names in 2007, shortly before their mother died. (Their father died four years later.)

“It really got me thinking when my brother Pat established the Donald and Dolores Curry Endowed Scholarship to provide support for Creighton students in accounting with a financial need. I thought that was a great idea. I don’t have any kids of my own, and Creighton has always been important to me.”

Curry also plans to fund his own Heider College of Business scholarship for students majoring in accounting, with the third part of his bequest directed to a scholarship for Creighton student-athletes.

“A Creighton education is a valuable resource in life,” Curry said. “If I can help students come to Creighton who otherwise would not be able to afford it, then I am very happy to do so.”

 

 

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