David Ralph Curfman, M.D., was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, the son of Ralph Oliver Curfman and Agnes Mozelle Schreck Curfman. He was married in 1970 to Blanch Lee Anderson.
He graduated from Columbia Union College with an A.B., majors in Biology and Chemistry, in 1965. He then attended George Washington University, where he completed his M.S. in Neuroanatomy, and completed work toward his Ph.D. in Neuroanatomy between 1967 and 1970. Dr. Curfman earned his M.D. degree from George Washington University School of Medicine on May 27, 1973. He also served his general surgery and neurological surgery residencies there. Dr. Curfman was Chief of Neurosurgery at Providence Hospital, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at George Washington Medical Center, Senior Attending in Neurosurgery at Washington Hospital Center, and President of the Washington Academy of Neurosurgery.
Physicians' Reference Guide - Medicolegal Matters (chief author), privately published by the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, November, 1982
Dr. Curfman held membership in the following professional associations: Congress of Neurological Surgery; American College of Legal Medicine; Washington Academy of Neurosurgery; Medical Society of the District of Columbia; Sigma Xi (Science Honorary Society); Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity; Pan American Medical Society; and Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
In addition, Dr. Curfman was an accomplished musician, having studied both piano an organ. His life-long interest in choral music and liturgies involved him in instruction at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, OH. Dr. Curfman was a frequent lecturer in Judeo-Christian ceremonies and liturgies. As dean of the District of Columbia Chapter, American Guild of Organists, he subsequently served as Washington Program Chairman of the International Congress of Organists, held for the first time in the United States in 1977. He was also a former member of the development committee for the national office of the American Guild of Organists and a member of the Royal School of Church Music (England).
He has been an elected trustee of the Board of Cathedral Choral Society, completed two terms as president, and was music repertoire planning chairman for the 250-member chorus for several years. He also served on the board of the Leo Sowerby Foundation; historian and board member of the Christmas Pageant of Peace (National Christmas Tree Lighting by the President); President of the Board of Directors of the National Columbus Celebration Association (Washington, D.C.); and a founding supporting member of the United States Capitol Historical Society.
Dr. Curfman held membership in the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 1191; was an honorary founder of the Elks National Foundation; charter member of the Galion Historical Society; charter member of the Crawford County Ohio Coin Club; member of the American Political Items Collectors Association; and Columbus Philatelic Society.
Sarah Jean Owen Dunaway was born in Atlanta, GA, the daughter of James Newton Owen and Hattie Maybelle King. She was married in 1981 to the late John Allen Dunaway, Sr. Mrs. Dunaway was Office Manager of the Atlanta Sales office of Progressive Farmer and Southern Living magazines. She continues to reside in Atlanta, where she remains active in the local community.
Mrs. Dunaway was awarded the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal and the Winnie Davis Medal by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was also awarded the Robert E. Lee Medal for outstanding contributions above and beyond the required duties of an Advisor, by the Children of the Confederacy.
Mrs. Dunaway was a board member of the DeKalb History Center; the Hebron Historic Society; the Georgia Women of Achievement; the Historical Oakland Cemetery Foundation; and the Marietta Confederate Cemetery Foundation, Inc. She also served as Chairman of "Save Georgia's Historic Flags" collection in the State Capitol Museum's Hall of Valor.
In addition, Mrs. Dunaway was a Kentucky Colonel and an Arkansas Traveler. She also held memberships in the Owen Family Association; Rucker Family Association; Grace Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; Atlanta Historical Society; Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.; Georgia Historical Society; Atlanta Preservation Center; Georgia Humanities Council; Friends of Georgia Archives (member of the organizing committee); the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University; and Friends of the National Archives.
Mrs. Dunaway was honored by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board with the Award for Advocacy, "for her tireless efforts on behalf of the preservation of historical records in Georgia". Furthermore, she was the recipient of one of the Annual Georgia Governor's Awards in the Humanities, honoring those who have fostered an understanding of Georgia's cultural traditions, thereby strengthening community, character and citizenship in the State.
She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.
DeEtte DuPré Nesbitt, a fourth generation Houstonian, and fourteenth generation American, is the daughter of Raymond Benjamin DuPré and Alice L. Cade DuPré Foster. She was married to the late Ernest V. Nesbitt. Mrs. Nesbitt has a son, Charles Scott Massey Nesbitt, and a granddaughter, Miss Luna J. Nesbitt. Her beloved daughter, Alice L. Massey Nesbitt, passed away from complications of a stroke on March 24, 2013.
In the Jamestowne Society Fall 2014 publication, it was announced that their Scholarship/Fellowship Fund will be named, in perpetuity, the "Alice Massey-Nesbitt Fellowship Fund" which will provide fellowships for graduate students doing research for master's and doctoral theses on approved topics relating to the Jamestown Colony.
In February 2015, the Executive Committee of the Jamestowne Society was unanimous in its recommendation that former Governor DeEtte DuPré Nesbitt of Houston, Texas become the only Governor Emeritus/Emeriti of the Jamestowne Society. On May 16, 2015, the Governing Council of the Jamestowne Society accepted the Executive Committee's recommendation and unanimously elected Mrs. Nesbitt the only Emeritus/Emeriti in the Jamestowne Society's history, of nearly a century. This will be a stand-alone title on the Governing Board of the Jamestowne Society, in perpetuity.
Mrs. Nesbitt attended Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston, where she majored in Business Administration, and also was approved as a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS). In 1976, she was one of the founders of an oil field service company in the State of Texas. After thirty-five years of ownership, Mrs. Nesbitt and her son sold their company to a publicly traded corporation. She is currently a partner in a South Texas Oil Exploration Company. Her primary residence is in Houston, Texas.
On May 5, 2017 Mrs. Nesbitt organized the Order of the Monarchs of Rheims. She was elected as Regent Emerita, in perperuity, Order of the Monarchs of Rheims and appointed First Dame in the Order of St. Denis. All Monarchs coroneted at Rheims Cathedral represent the most elegant and greatest kings in the history of Europe, as well as the nation that helped to bring about our American Revolution. It was one of the greatest dynasties in Europe. Please reference the complete listing on the HSC site for further details.
Mrs. Nesbitt is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. She is listed in all Marquis Who's Who editions.
The Bexar County Court of Commissioners at San Antonio, Texas conferred the title of Hidalgo (a member of the lower nobility of Spain), upon Mrs. Nesbitt. She is also the National Recipient of the Silver Good Citizenship Medal from the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Varina Howell Davis Medal, and the Honor Award for Historic Preservation.
Mrs. Nesbitt appeared on NBC television during the 1990's. She was interviewed several times about the restoration of the historic Evergreen Cemetery. To view, click here.
Mrs. Nesbitt appeared in the television pilot, Positively Houston, Houston's positive local news program by the University of Saint Thomas and Christina R. Maxwell, executive producers on PBS. To view, click video one video two or video three. Mrs. Nesbitt continues to support PBS.
For over 35 years, Mrs. Nesbitt has been a member of Harris County Historical Commission, (appointments made by the county judge). Mrs. Nesbitt, along with the Commission, researched Mrs. Nesbitt's great grandfather, James Robert Cade. On February 2, 2016, Mrs. Nesbitt was notified by the State of Texas that Mr. Cade was selected to be honored with an Official Texas State Historical Marker. He was the only individual selected to receive this prestigious honor during 2015-2016. The marker was placed in Glenwood Cemetery - the Victorian Section, in Houston, Texas along with other notables such as Howard Hughes, Jr., awarding film star Gene Tierney, Wild-Cater and celebrity, Glenn McCarthy, Sr. and others. Mr. Cade is considered to be the Howard Hughes of innovation in the design and manufacture of steel-fabricated private and public rail cars in the United States, circa 1885-1912. The dedication ceremony was held on May 6, 2017. For information on the dedication please .click here
A number of Commendations were presented during the ceremony. They include one from the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Governor of Texas, the Texas State Senate, the Texas State House, and the Mayor of Houston. As part of the dedication ceremony, Mrs. Nesbitt was presented a Certificate of Commendation for her work in historic preservation, in recognition of James Robert Cade, by the United States Senate.
Mrs. Nesbitt was elected to life membership in The Pilgrims of the United States (in alliance with The Pilgrims of Great Britain.)
For decades Mrs. Nesbitt has been a supporter of Houston's Theatre Under the Stars and she is recognized for her efforts in the VIP category.
Mrs. Nesbitt served on the Southern Heritage and Debutante Ball for 35 years, as Chairman, and later as the Advisor for three Chairmen.
She was elected the National Recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal in the category of Individual Achievement which was awarded by the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She was appointed a Kentucky Colonel for life for her historic preservation in that State. Additionally, she served as Director for the Dad's Club for over a decade. Also, she served as a member of Larry Casey's Highwater Rescue Team during Hurricane Harvey.
Mrs. Nesbitt has been a 30+ year member of the Petroleum Club of Houston. She is a member of the Junior League of Houston, and a family member of the West Side Tennis Club of Houston. Following in the footsteps of her Anglican forebears, she is a devout and lifelong Episcopalian.
Colonel Frederick Ira Ordway, Jr., the son of Frederick Ira Ordway and Grace Lincoln Shannon, was born in Melrose, MA on August 15, 1894. He married Frances Antoinette Wright in Forest Hills, NY on June 15, 1922. They had one son, Frederick Ira Ordway, III. Col. Ordway married his second wife, Mary Dolores Godwin, in Portsmouth, NH on December 12, 1952. Col. Ordway died in Washington, DC on August 6, 1974.
Col. Ordway was educated at Pinkerton Academy in Derry and Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire in Durham in 1920, followed by graduate work in corporate law at Fordham University in New York City.
His career in the military began on May 15, 1917 at Plattsburg, NY at the 1st Officers Training Camp. While serving with the 1st Troop of New England Calvary at Plattsburg, he pursued his interest in aviation. On June 15 1917, he was among twenty-five officer candidates selected for flying training with the Royal Flying Corps in Canada. After ground school at the University of Toronto and advanced training at Camp Borden, Cadet Ordway eventually joined the 1st Pursuit Group at the Front near Toul, France. Lieut. Ordway was transferred in June of 1918 to the 94th Squadron, First Pursuit Group, American Expeditionary Force commanded by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. During that time, he participated in the Marne Offensive and the Verdun Drive, which ended the war. Following the Armistice, Lieut. Ordway served with the Air Service History Board in Tours until his return to the United States in the spring of 1919. While in business in New York City, Mr. Ordway served for two years in the Squadron "A" Cavalry, New York National Guard.
In the inter-war period, he worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and with Blyth & Company investment bankers, one of the leading underwriters in the United States in domestic and foreign securities and in all phases of international banking. From 1929 until 1941 he managed the Bond Department of Cassatt & Company and later joined Wortham & North, investment counsel. He was cited in 1939 by the President of the New York Stock Exchange as one of the leaders in the preparation and analysis of corporation statements.
In June of 1941, Major Ordway was called to active duty as Executive Officer to Major General Oliver P. Echols, Assistant Chief of Staff, Headquarters Material Command in Washington. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the spring of 1942 and was transferred to the U. S. Ninth Air Force in Cairo as liaison office with the Headquarter of the Royal Air Force. During that time, Lt. Col. Ordway was stationed in Cairo, Egypt, Algiers, and Naples, Italy. After the War ended in 1945, he was promoted to Colonel and continued on active duty in various capacities with the Office of the Foreign Liquidation Commissioner.
In his retirement, Col. Ordway devoted most of his time to the hereditary, patriotic and historical societies of the United States.
Col. Ordway edited and published numerous volumes for the hereditary societies, including the 1967 Register of the Society of Colonial Wars, D.C., the 1970 Register of Mayflower Descendants, D.C., the 1971 Register of the General Society of the War of 1812 and the 1963-1971 Proceedings of the National Huguenot Society. Col. Ordway also served on the editorial committee of the 1972, 1973 and 1974 editions of the Hereditary Register of the United States of America.
The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Knight Chevalier and former Secretary of the Priory of St. King Charles the Martyr of Washington, D.C.
Col. Ordway was always an avid sportsman, horseback riding, skiing and especially tennis being his favorites. He was a member of the Longwood Cricket Club; West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills; American Yacht Club, Rye; University Club of Washington, D.C.; Badminton and Tennis Club, Boston; Army Navy Country Club, Washington; Gazira Sporting Club, Cairo; Racquet Club d'Algiers; Circulo Nautico Giovenese, Naples and the Kenwood Golf & Country Club, Washington.
Grahame Thomas Smallwood, Jr., the son of of Graeme T. Smallwood and Dorothy (Hubbell) Smallwood, was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 26, 1919. Mr. Smallwood spent his youth in Washington, D.C. and then lived in Philadelphia, PA, Salt Lake City, UT, and finally Potomac, MD. He studied at the College Moderne in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Lycée de St. Gilles in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Smallwood died on December 3, 2000, and is survived by his sister, Mrs. Paul Milton Niebell, Sr. (Beasley - Eleanor Warrene Smallwood)
Mr. Smallwood served in the Pacific in World War II as an U.S. Army counter-intelligence agent. He had a twenty-eight-year career with TWA, both as an account executive, then as Eastern Regional Advertising and Sales Manager. After retiring, he pursued his genealogical endeavors and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Chips" was a cultured and talented man in all of his chosen fields and was recognized as a premier leader in hereditary societies. There were sixteen lineage societies fortunate to have had "Chips" as their leader and friend. He was respected researcher, author and co-founder of several lineage societies.
Mr. Smallwood was the recipient of the Award of Merit by the National Genealogical Society and also served as executive secretary, treasurer and trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution. The Association of Professional Genealogists instituted the 'Grahame Thomas Smallwood, Jr. Award' in the year of his passing, as well.
Mr. Smallwood was a member of the Union League Club, Philadelphia, PA; the Poor Richard Club of Philadelphia; Peale Club of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Council of the Navy League; and the Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C.
In addition, Mr. Smallwood held memberships in the New England Historical and Genealogical Society; Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania; Stamford Genealogical Society; Connecticut Society of Genealogists; National Genealogical Society (former Vice President); Society of Genealogists (London, England); Griswold Family Association; and American Society of Heraldry.
Mr. Smallwood was also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Friends of Winterthur; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia Society for Preservation of Landmarks; Friends of Independence National Historical Park; Netherlands America Foundation; Maritime Museum; the University Museum; Independence Hall Association; The Athenaem; Washington Crossing Foundation; Philadelphia Museum of Art; British American Society; the Franklin Institute; and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
David Carline Smith, a native of Allen County, Kentucky, is the son of Roy B. and Amanda Devine Smith. Mr. Smith is married to Nancy Lou Roper. The Smiths have one daughter, Cathrine Smith Gordon, and two grandchildren.
Mr. Smith attended Western Kentucky University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics in 1963. He completed the M.A. in Education at Austin Peay State University in 1966, and then completed his post-graduate work (thirty hours beyond Masters) at Western Kentucky University in 1970. He is a retired teacher, having taught American History for over thirty-three years in the Christian County, Kentucky Public Schools. Mr. Smith has been an adjunct faculty member of Hopkinsville Community College since 1988. He and his wife reside in Pembroke, KY.
Mr. Smith is a member of Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club; former member and former Board President of Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Board of Trustees; former member of Pennyrile Area Museum Board. He is also a current member of Christian County Cemetery Board, and served as historian and genealogist abstracted the funeral home records in Christian County, Kentucky. In addition, Mr. Smith recorded Afro-American cemeteries in Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties, Kentucky for future publication. Mr. Smith is a Communicant of Grace Episcopal Church, Hopkinsville, Kentucky.