Alan Foster “Bill” Curtiss

Alan Foster “Bill” Curtiss

Death Jan 1988 (aged 80)
DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Burial Darien, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section Y, Block P, Lot 2A
Memorial ID 9193485 · View Source
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One of the designers of the Aerosol spray can. Retired from Contiental Can Company. During WWII he designed the system that let the gas drain properly from the tanks in the wings of our bombers so they could fly greater distances. He received an honorary PhD yet he only had a High School education.

Husband of Lillian. Father of Carol Sue Kiefer and Philip W. Curtiss. Grandfather to Paula, Kathy, Pat, Matt, Peter, Casey, Carrie and Georgia.

Son of William Brown Curtiss and Gertrude Foster Curtiss.

Brother of Frederich Curtiss and Sue Curtiss Dennis.

Grandson of Frederick Hyde Curtiss and June A. Brown Curtiss.

Great Grandson of Homer Curtiss and Clara "Charry" Everett Curtiss.

"The story that I heard about you Grandfather being called Bill was when he was born they were discussing names and Grandpa said they could name him anything but he was calling him Bill. I guess that it stuck because even
Grandma called him Billy all the time."

"Your grandfather and my dad were very bright men. They owned a machine shop in Nameoki and built speed boats. They invented a special clutch for boats. They also built a race car that won a few races. A guy named Harry Parker
drove it. One of the boats had a huge Spanish airplane motor in it. The motor used so much gas that they took it out later. I have a picture of it.They also both played two or three musical instruments. They had patents at
the can company. My dad built a machine that you put in a nickel and an icecream bar came out. I think that most of their stuff was way ahead their time." (Richard Curtiss)

Cause of Death was Lung Cancer.

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  • Created by: Paula Berry Nelson
  • Added: 28 Jul 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alan Foster “Bill” Curtiss (21 Aug 1907–Jan 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9193485, citing Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, DuPage County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Paula Berry Nelson (contributor 46625006) .