Curtis Gove Callan ’39 has passed away.

Born on Staten Island, N.Y., he moved to Little Silver in 1958 and lived there for 41 years before moving to Hightstown in 1999. He was married for 59 years to the former Frances R. Neyland of Williamstown, Mass., who died May 21, 2001.

A graduate of Staten Island Academy and Williams College, Class of 1939, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940. A member of the First Officer Candidates Class in Quantico, Va., he marched in President Roosevelt’s inauguration parade. Active duty during World War II included operations in the Pacific, followed by service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1945 to 1957.

Hired by Chase Manhattan Bank in 1945, he worked in the credit and trust departments until his retirement as a vice president in 1982. Mr. Callan served on the boards of the Little Silver Public Library and the Little Silver & Red Bank Regional Schools. A voracious reader of history, biographies and the classics, he was also a world traveler, avid walker and birder.

I never knew Curtis Callan and now never will, but reading his obituary I see my own life as well. Fall in love in Williamstown. Marry forever. Feel the call of service. Get a job. Raise a family. Pay a mortgage. Visit the grandkids. Read everything. Pass away.

We all walk in the footsteps of Curtis Callan. May we all walk as well as he.

Condolences to all.

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